19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6 h
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus:  5 h 15 min
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 Arrowtown Village and Ben Lomond Track. Fallen Soldiers Memorial and Queenstown Arts Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Queenstown holiday builder.

Sydney, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6- hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Te Anau and The Chasm Walk. Get outdoors at Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Te Anau online attractions planner.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. You will leave for Dunedin on the 16th (Sun).

Things to do in Te Anau

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

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.
On the 17th (Mon), get curious at Otago Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden, and then hike along Tunnel Beach Track. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit 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.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Dunedin trip planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Dunedin in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Waikouaiti Beach
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Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track
Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Waikouaiti Beach ©
Waikouaiti Beach

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 trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and then hike along Ohau Stream Walk. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Seal Colony and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura road trip site.

Getting from Dunedin to Kaikoura by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Take a break from the city and head to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Mount Maunganui Base Track. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt Maunganui Main Beach (in Mount Maunganui) and Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Kuirau Park, hike along Tikitapu Nature Walk, steep yourself in history at Government Gardens, and identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Kaikoura to Rotorua in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. February in Rotorua sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Whitianga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Whangamata Beach and Matarangi Beach. Visiting Hahei Beach Walk and Whangapoua Beach will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whitianga: Pauanui (Pauanui Beach & Pauanui Trail), Waikawau Beach (in Waikawau) and The Little Gallery (in Tairua). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Otama Beach, make a trip to Stu's Wild Pig Farm, and learn about winemaking at Purangi Estate Limited.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Whitianga tour planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Whitianga in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In February, daily temperatures in Whitianga can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pauanui, Matarangi Beach, Whangamata Beach, Hahei Beach Walk, Waikawau Beach
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Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Matarangi Beach ©
Matarangi Beach

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