20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand journey builder

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Auckland
— 4 nights
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Wellington
— 4 nights
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Hamilton
— 3 nights
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Tauranga
— 3 nights
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Christchurch
— 4 nights
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Auckland

— 4 nights

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie) and Orewa Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Sheepworld (in Warkworth) and Brick Bay Sculpture Trail (in Snells Beach). There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, head off the coast to Hauraki Gulf, and see the interesting displays at New Zealand Maritime Museum.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Auckland route builder app.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Auckland is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Dubai to Auckland. When traveling from Dubai in March, plan for little chillier days in Auckland, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 17:

Wellington

— 4 nights

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Explore hidden gems such as Off-Road Tours and Matiu / Somes Island. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Wellington travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Auckland in March since evenings lows in Wellington dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 21:

Hamilton

— 3 nights

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours and Ruakuri Cave. Venture out of the city with trips to Waitomo Caves (Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Ruakuri Walk, &more) and Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari (in Pukeatua). There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Taitua Arboretum and stroll around Hamilton Lake Domain.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamilton trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Hamilton takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:

Tauranga

— 3 nights
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Papamoa Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Tauranga side-trips: Rotorua (Horseback Riding Tours, Redwoods Treewalk, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Mt Maunganui Main Beach, kick back and relax at Pilot Bay, trek along Mount Maunganui Base Track, and view the masterpieces at the Zeus Gallery.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tauranga trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Hamilton to Tauranga in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 27:

Christchurch

— 4 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Swim with Dolphins and Quake City. Take a break from Christchurch with a short trip to Britomart Monument in Akaroa, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush, go for a walk through Banks Peninsula, and walk around Hagley Park.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Tauranga to Christchurch in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Tauranga in March, things will get a bit cooler in Christchurch: highs are around 23°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 27 — 31:

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.