For many years New Zealand has been a coveted destination. More people are discovering this piece of paradise after great shout outs from publications like Lonely Planet and Conde Nast Traveler. So, it’s time you got there and had a look for yourself. In this article we'll offer our suggestions for a three week itinerary of New Zealand, covering both the North and South Islands.
One of the most frequently asked question is how long should I visit for? Like any country it depends on how deep you want to dig, but with time being a precious commodity our suggestion is three weeks. Our article here, How long should I visit New Zealand? might answer some of your questions. If three-weeks is a stretch for you, a lot of ground can still be covered in two weeks so take a look at this itinerary, New Zealand Two-Week Itinerary.
New Zealand has spectacular scenery, a serious outdoors bent, it oozes culture, art, excellent cuisine and much more. But paramount to travel these days is safety. Without it, you wouldn’t go. The good thing is New Zealand is an extremely safe country to visit, it’s politically stable and the air so fresh you can bite it. So, whether you are thinking of visiting it on your own, or travelling in a group, here's a great article to help clarify your thinking.
There is another alternative if time is of the essence. That is explore one island and come back at a later date and explore the other. This way you will do each island justice, without feeling rushed. Here are some single island itineraries for the North Island and South Island. You can compare what there is to see and do and decide which one appeals to you more.
Lastly, an important factor to consider is how to get around. New Zealand is a long country, 2,000 kilometres from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island with a population of 4.5 million. While we have good public transport, we don’t have the population to sustain an infrastructure like in some parts of Europe. So, whether you’re thinking of driving independently, busing or a combination, this link ‘How to travel around New Zealand?’ will set you right.
So here it is, a three week itinerary that will showcase New Zealand and make you fall in love with it.