A Travel Itinerary: 3 Weeks in New Zealand

Finally! A post I've been waiting for since I launched this new site earlier this year. It's taken a bit of time to build up to as I wanted to provide you with additional resources in case you decide to visit this wonderful country. I've already told you about how I plan a multi-week itinerary and now I'm going to show you a real life example!

For our honeymoon, my husband and I were fortunate enough to visit one of my favorite places in the world - New Zealand. The stars seemed to align just perfectly with rounding together enough funds and getting approval for over 3 weeks of time off from our relatively new jobs. Even with all that time, we still only covered a portion of the two islands that make up this beautiful country. So here it is, our 21 days in New Zealand (in pictures of course!).

New Zealand Itinerary Devonport 

Day 1: Arrive in Auckland: Lunch and Wandering in Devonport & North Head

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Gluten Free In Auckland

Gluten Free In & Around Auckland

New Zealand Itinerary Waiheke www.glutenfreetravelette.com

Day 2: Auckland: Day trip to Waiheke Island

New Zealand Itinerary Rangitoto www.glutenfreetravelette.com

Day 3: Auckland: Day trip to Rangitoto Island

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Hike Rangitoto Island

New Zealand Itinerary Raglan www.glutenfreetravelette.com

Day 4: Depart for Waitomo: Detour to Raglan to dip our toes in the Tasman Sea

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Gluten Free In Waitomo

New Zealand Itinerary Waitomo www.glutenfreetravelette.com

Day 5: Waitomo: Spelunking Adventure

New Zealand Itinerary Taranaki Falls www.glutenfreetravelette.com

Day 6: Depart for Whakapapa Village: Hike Taranaki Falls Loop Trail

New Zealand Itinerary Tongariro www.glutenfreetravelette.com

Day 7: Tongariro National Park: Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

New Zealand Itinerary Wellington www.glutenfreetravelette.com

Day 8: Depart for Wellington: Stop in Waikanae for lunch & drive to the top of Mount Victoria for a view of the city.

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Gluten Free In & Around Wellington

New Zealand Itinerary Ferry Ride www.glutenfreetravelette.com

Day 9: Depart for Kaiteriteri Beach: Enjoy that ferry ride!

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Gluten Free In and Around Nelson

A Place To Stay in Kaiteriteri

New Zealand Itinerary Kaiteriteri www.glutenfreetravelette.com

Day 10: Kaiteriteri Beach: Spend a day at the beach.

New Zealand Itinerary Abel Tasman Track www.glutenfreetravelette.com

Day 11: Kaiteriteri Beach*: Take the water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park and hike part of the Abel Tasman Track

New Zealand Itinerary Awaroa www.glutenfreetravelette.com

Day 12: Kaiteriteri Beach*: Take the water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park and wander around the Awaroa Inlet Area

New Zealand Itinerary Abel Tasman www.glutenfreetravelette.com

Day 13: Kaiteriteri Beach*: Take the water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park and spend a day at the beach.

New Zealand Itinerary Pancake Rocks www.glutenfreetravelette.com

Day 14: Depart for Hokitika: Stop at the Pancake Rocks

New Zealand Itinerary Fox Glacier www.glutenfreetravelette.com

Day 15: Depart for Queenstown*: Stop at Fox Glacier

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Gluten Free In Queenstown

New Zealand Itinerary Queenstown www.glutenfreetravelette.com

Day 16: Depart for Te Anau: Consider parasailing in the morning (we didn't - and I wish we had!)

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Gluten Free in Te Anau

A Place To Stay in Te Anau

New Zealand Itinerary Milford Sound www.glutenfreetravelette.com

Day 17: Te Anau: Cruise on Milford Sound

New Zealand Itinerary Fiordland www.glutenfreetravelette.com

Day 18: Te Anau: Explore Fiordland National Park

New Zealand Itinerary Doubtful Sound www.glutenfreetravelette.com

Day 19: Te Anau: Kayak Doubtful Sound

New Zealand Itinerary South www.glutenfreetravelette.com

Day 20: Te Anau: Take a drive to the very southern tip of New Zealand and admire the view south.

New Zealand Itinerary Christchurch www.glutenfreetravelette.com

Day 21: Drive to Christchurch: Wander around the city. 

*What I would do differently than our original itinerary - specifically, where I would stay if I could go back in time and change our itinerary. From Day's 11-13 we actually stayed in Abel Tasman National Park and had a poor experience at the resort - Kaiteriteri on the other hand was wonderful and you can simply book an inexpensive water taxi ride in and out of the park each day. On Day 15 we stopped in Haast and there was nothing to do and sand flies everywhere. Queenstown would have been worth the longer drive - plus it was a cool city!