23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand journey planner

Make it your trip
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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
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Matamata
— 1 night
Drive
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Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hastings
— 2 nights
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Stewart Island
— 3 nights
Unknown
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Dunedin
— 4 nights
Fly
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Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly
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Picton
— 2 nights
Drive
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Porirua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wellington
— 1 night
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Auckland

— 1 night

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.
On the 2nd (Tue), contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Auckland attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Auckland. In March, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Matamata.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 2:

Matamata

— 1 night
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. On the 3rd (Wed), don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, trek along Wairere Falls Track, and then admire the sheer force of Wairere Falls.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Matamata visit planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Matamata in 2 hours. Traveling from Auckland in March, you will find days in Matamata are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are little chillier (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Matamata

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 3:

Taupo

— 3 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, explore and take pictures at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, and make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo vacation builder.

Getting from Matamata to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hastings.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 6:

Hastings

— 2 nights
Hastings is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. On the 7th (Sun), cool off at Splash Planet, then enjoy the sand and surf at Waimarama Beach, then explore and take pictures at Te Mata Peak, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Osmanthus Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Telegraph Hill Olivery, get a dose of the wild on Gannet Beach Adventures, then meet the residents at National Aquarium of New Zealand, and finally don't miss a visit to Marine Parade.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hastings trip site.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Hastings takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Stewart Island.

Things to do in Hastings

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 9:

Stewart Island

— 3 nights
On the 11th (Thu), hike the day away at Rakiura Track.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Stewart Island trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hastings to Stewart Island. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Stewart Island

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 12:

Dunedin

— 4 nights

Edinburgh of the South

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: examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, pause for some photo ops at Robert Scott Memorial, take in the dramatic natural features at Otago Peninsula, and explore the historical opulence of Larnach Castle & Gardens.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dunedin trip itinerary tool.

Explore your travel options from Stewart Island to Dunedin with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 16:

Christchurch

— 2 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 find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Akaroa (The Giants House, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). On the 18th (Thu), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Dunedin to Christchurch takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Christchurch are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Picton.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Museums · Transportation · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:

Picton

— 2 nights

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours and then contemplate the waterfront views at Marlborough Sounds. Keep things going the next day: trek along Queen Charlotte Track.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Picton road trip planner.

Getting from Christchurch to Picton by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Christchurch in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Picton, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Porirua.

Things to do in Picton

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:

Porirua

— 2 nights
Porirua is a city in the Wellington Region of the North Island of New Zealand, and one of the four cities that constitute the Wellington metropolitan area. On the 21st (Sun), surround yourself with nature on Kapiti Island Nature Tours and then kick back and relax at Paraparaumu Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Pataka Art + Museum, then examine the collection at New Zealand Police Museum, and then trek along Whitireia Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Porirua trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Picton to Porirua in 4 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Porirua can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Porirua

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 22:

Wellington

— 1 night

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.
On the 23rd (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and then steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car.

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

Wellington is very close to Porirua. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in March, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 23:

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.