19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Te Anau
— 3 nights
3
Dunedin
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Kaikoura
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  8​h
5
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Whitianga
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ben Lomond Track and Arrowtown Village. Get a sense of the local culture at Queenstown Arts Centre and Fallen Soldiers Memorial. And it doesn't end there: hike along Queenstown Hill, have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown online day trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Arrowtown Village
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Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Safaris

3
nights
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Chasm Walk and Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Visiting Lake Te Anau and Milford Sound will get you outdoors. There's more to do: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau driving holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife
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The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): look and learn at Otago Museum, admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden, then contemplate the long history of Olveston Historic Home, and finally hike along Tunnel Beach Track. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to The World's Steepest Street, appreciate the extensive heritage of Waikouaiti Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Penguin Place.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Dunedin trip planner .

Getting from Te Anau to Dunedin by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Childrens Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Waikouaiti Beach
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Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track
Olveston Historic Home ©
Olveston Historic Home
Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place

1
night
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 19th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony, then hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and then hike along Ohau Stream Walk. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kaikoura travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Kaikoura takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Mount Maunganui Base Track and River Rafting & Tubing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waikite Valley Thermal Pools and Redwoods Treewalk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo) and Mt Maunganui Main Beach (in Mount Maunganui). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Government Gardens, and hike along Tikitapu Nature Walk.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rotorua online attractions planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Kaikoura to Rotorua in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. In February in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tauranga, Okere Falls, Huka Falls Walkway, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Step out of the city life by going to Matarangi Beach and Otama Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Whangapoua Beach and Hahei Beach Walk. Change things up with these side-trips from Whitianga: Pauanui (Pauanui Beach & Pauanui Trail), Whangamata Beach (in Whangamata) and The Little Gallery (in Tairua). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Purangi Estate Limited, look for all kinds of wild species at Stu's Wild Pig Farm, and stroll through Waikawau Beach.

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Getting from Rotorua to Whitianga by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In February in Whitianga, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pauanui, Whangapoua Beach, Whangamata Beach, The Little Gallery, Otama Beach
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Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Matarangi Beach ©
Matarangi Beach

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