20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly + Drive:  30​h
1
Whitianga
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Kaitaia
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 30​min
4
Hokitika
— 2 nights
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Invercargill
— 2 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Karachi

1
night
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Water Beach, stroll through Hahei Beach Walk, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Lost Spring. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Matarangi Beach and then kick back and relax at Whangapoua Beach.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Whitianga online road trip planner .

Karachi, Pakistan to Whitianga is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 7 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Karachi in July; daily highs in Whitianga reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whitianga

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Matarangi Beach, Hahei Beach Walk, Whangapoua Beach, Hot Water Beach
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Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Matarangi Beach ©
Matarangi Beach

4
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 outdoors at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Step off the beaten path and head to Horseback Riding Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire (in Taupo) and Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool (in Wai-O-Tapu). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Government Gardens, experience rural life at Agrodome, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lukes Anglican Church.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Rotorua driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Whitianga to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Rotorua are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Hells Gate
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Horseback Riding Tours

1
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 (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Taute Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Exhibit A Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ninety Mile Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Village Arts Gallery, kick back and relax at Taipa Beach, and then kick back and relax at Rarawa Beach.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kaitaia trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Rotorua to Kaitaia in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Taipa, Exhibit A Gallery, Village Arts Gallery
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Ninety Mile Beach ©
Ninety Mile Beach
Rarawa Beach ©
Rarawa Beach

2
nights
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. You'll explore and learn at Bonz 'N Stonz and Tectonic Jade. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hokitika Gorge Walk and West Coast Scenic Waterways. Change things up with these side-trips from Hokitika: Coal Creek Track (in Runanga) and Greymouth (Nimmo Gallery + Store & Shades Of Jade). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Garth Wilson Jade, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tunnel Terrace Walk, and get a taste of the local shopping with Hokitika Craft Gallery Co-op.

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Traveling by car from Kaitaia to Hokitika takes 20.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Hokitika

Shopping Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Greymouth, Coal Creek Track
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Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Hokitika Museum ©
Hokitika Museum
West Coast Scenic Waterways ©
West Coast Scenic Waterways

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.
Get in touch with nature at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Glenorchy-Queenstown Road. Explore hidden gems such as Fear Factory Queenstown and Arrowtown Village. On the 18th (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Coronet Peak. There's still lots to do: trek along Queenstown Hill, stop by The Remarkable Sweet Shop - Arrowtown Shop, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and shop like a local with Vesta Design Boutique.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planner.

You can drive from Hokitika to Queenstown in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Invercargill.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Arrowtown
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Glenorchy-Queenstown Road ©
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

2
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 19th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at First Presbyterian Church, take in the exciting artwork at City Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian, then take in the exciting artwork at Otautau Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Bill Richardson Transport World and then explore the world behind art at Southland Museum and Art Gallery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Invercargill road trip planning website .

You can drive from Queenstown to Invercargill in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Otautau Gallery
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Bill Richardson Transport World ©
Bill Richardson Transport World
Southland Museum and Art Gallery ©
Southland Museum and Art Gallery

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