22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
2
Ashburton
— 1 night
3
Geraldine
— 2 nights
4
Dunedin
— 2 nights
5
Invercargill
— 3 nights
6
Queenstown
— 2 nights
7
Hokitika
— 2 nights
8
Blenheim
— 2 nights
9
Taupo
— 3 nights
10
Rotorua
— 1 night
11
Auckland
— 1 night

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On your second day here, have fun at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip itinerary builder tool.

Brisbane, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in April, expect Christchurch to be slightly colder, temps between °C and °C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Ashburton.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Fun & Games
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Margaret Mahy Family Playground ©
Margaret Mahy Family Playground

1
night
Ashburton

Ashburton ©
Ashburton or Hakatere is a large town in the Canterbury Region, on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ashburton online trip maker.

You can drive from Christchurch to Ashburton in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Ashburton can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Geraldine.

Things to do in Ashburton

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Rakaia Gorge Walkway
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Rakaia Gorge Walkway ©
Rakaia Gorge Walkway
Trotts Garden ©
Trotts Garden
Smithfield Berries ©
Smithfield Berries

2
nights
Geraldine

Geraldine ©
Geraldine or Heratini is a town in the Canterbury Region on the South Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the galleries of Susan Badcock Studio, examine the collection at The Giant Jersey, and then look and learn at Geraldine Observatory.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Geraldine itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Ashburton to Geraldine in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Geraldine

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
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Geraldine Observatory ©
Geraldine Observatory
Susan Badcock Studio ©
Susan Badcock Studio

2
nights
Dunedin

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Dunedin is known for wildlife, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get curious at Otago Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and trek along Tunnel Beach Track.

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You can drive from Geraldine to Dunedin in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Invercargill.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums Childrens Museums Tours
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Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens

3
nights
Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian, thenlet little ones run wild at Dig This Invercargill, thensee the interesting displays at Classic Motorcycle Mecca, and finally delve into the distant past at Invercargill Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Southern Scenic Route and then stroll around Queens Park.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Invercargill online trip maker.

You can drive from Dunedin to Invercargill in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Dig This Invercargill ©
Dig This Invercargill
Classic Motorcycle Mecca ©
Classic Motorcycle Mecca
Southland Museum and Art Gallery ©
Southland Museum and Art Gallery

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nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery and then have some family-friendly fun at Fear Factory Queenstown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Queenstown Arts Centre, thenrelax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Queenstown travel route planner.

You can drive from Invercargill to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Hokitika.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Zipline
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

2
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Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Wilderness Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Hokitika Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, thenget outside with Glow Worm Dell, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hokitika Gorge Walk. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Hokitika Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Hokitika trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Queenstown to Hokitika in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Hokitika

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Shantytown Heritage Park
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Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Shantytown Heritage Park ©
Shantytown Heritage Park
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk

2
nights
Blenheim

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
On the 17th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Blenheim online travel route planner.

Getting from Hokitika to Blenheim by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Blenheim can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours Wineries Outdoors

Side Trip

Picton
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Boat Tours & Water Sports

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): stop by Huka Honey Hive, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, and then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Taupo trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Blenheim to Taupo in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Aratiatia Rapids ©
Aratiatia Rapids

1
night
Rotorua

Rotorua ©
Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
On the 21st (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lukes Anglican Church, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, thencontemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa, and then make a trip to Te Puia.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rotorua trip planning website.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Rotorua are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park ©
Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park
Volcanic Hills Winery ©
Volcanic Hills Winery

1
night
Auckland

Auckland ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Rotorua to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Auckland, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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