19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  30​h
1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Whitianga
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Kaitaia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Paihia
— 4 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Dublin

2
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.
Head to Silver Fern Gallery and The Remarkable Sweet Shop - Arrowtown Shopfor plenty of shopping. Explore hidden gems such as Skydiving and Arrowtown Village. Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Wanaka in Wanaka--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Queenstown Hill, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Vesta Design Boutique, and hike along Arrowtown Chinese Settlement.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown sightseeing planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Queenstown is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 12 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Wanaka
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Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tunnel Beach Track, appreciate the extensive heritage of Waikouaiti Beach, then steep yourself in history at Olveston Historic Home, then get a new perspective on nature at Otago Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Dunedin trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Dunedin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Dunedin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Waikouaiti Beach
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Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track
First Church of Otago ©
First Church of Otago

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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 outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park. Buried Village of Te Wairoa and St. Lukes Anglican Church will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, trot along with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and explore the world behind art at Rotorua Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Rotorua online itinerary planner .

Fly from Dunedin to Rotorua in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Whitianga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park
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Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park ©
Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
River Rafting & Tubing

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nights
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. On the 8th (Tue), stop by Bread & Butter Gallery, then take in the natural beauty of The Lost Spring, then kick back and relax at Hot Water Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Hahei Beach Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Matarangi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whangapoua Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Whitianga trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Rotorua to Whitianga in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Whitianga

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hot Water Beach, Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity, Hahei Beach Walk, Whangapoua Beach, Matarangi Beach
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Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Matarangi Beach ©
Matarangi Beach

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night
Kaitaia

Kaitaia ©
Kaitaia is a town in the Far North District of New Zealand, at the base of the Aupouri Peninsula, about 160 km northwest of Whangarei. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rarawa Beach, then kick back and relax at Ninety Mile Beach, and then stroll through Tapotupotu Beach. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Taute Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Taipa Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coopers Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Exhibit A Gallery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kaitaia trip planner.

You can drive from Whitianga to Kaitaia in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mangonui, Taipa, Tapotupotu Beach
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Ninety Mile Beach ©
Ninety Mile Beach
Coopers Beach ©
Coopers Beach

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Paihia

The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Pompallier Mission and Printery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve. Change things up with a short trip to Christ Church in Russell (about 42 minutes away). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, steep yourself in history at The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Paihia trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Kaitaia to Paihia takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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