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Suggested itinerary: New Zealand in 21 days for independent travellers

Day 1: Arrival in Auckland

Arrival at Auckland International Airport. Transfer to hotel. Walk through the city centre. Night in Auckland. 

Day 2: Waitomo Caves

Transfer to Waitomo by rental car. Black Water Rafting, visiting the Glowworm caves. Night in Waitomo. 

Day 3: The Rotorura Geyser

Transfer to Rotorura. Visit to the Geyser and the lakes. Relax at the Polynesian baths. Night in Rotorura. 

Day 4: From Rotorura to Taupo

Road trip from Rotorura to Taupo, visiting the Lost Valley (Orakei Korako) and the Huka Falls. Picnic and bath in the Waitako River. Night in Taupo. 

Day 5: Tongariro Crossing

Trekking through volcanoes, having spectacular views of lakes and craters. You will go through the famous Lord of the Rings' Mordor. Night in Turangi. 

Day 6: Napier Wineries

Road trip from Turangi to Napier. Walk through the city centre. Dinner in one of Napier's wineries. Night in Napier. 

Day 7: Wellington

Transfer to Wellington, departure point for the ferry to the South Island. Walk through the city. Night in Wellington. 

Day 8: Nelson

Trip to the South Island by ferry. Transfer to Nelson stopping at the Pelorus River. Walk through the city. Night in Nelson. 

Day 9: Abel Tasman National Park

Transfer to the Abel Tasman National Park. Trekking through the walking paths. Return to the car park by boat. Night in Nelson. 

Day 10: Seals and Whales in Kaikoura

Road trip to Kaikoura seeing big seals colonies on the way. Whale watching tour in Kaikoura. Night Sky Watching, where science, Maori knowledge and other stories will teach you about the Southern Hemisphere Sky. Night in Kaikoura. 

Day 11: Akaroa

Transfer to Akaroa, a beautiful holiday town near Christchuch. Cinema night at the Akaroa Cine Cafe. Night in Akaroa. 

Day 12: Swimming with Dolphins

Boat trip through Akaroa's bay in order to swim with wild dolphins. Walk through the town. Night in Akaroa. 

Day 13: Christchurch

Transfer to Christchurch, the most important city in the South Island. Visit to the city. Night in Christchurch. 

Day 14: From Christchurch to Franz Josef

Road trip from Christchurch to Franz Josef, enjoying the great landscapes along the way. Night in Franz Josef. 

Day 15: Trekking on the Franz Josef Glacier

Trekking on the Franz Josef glacier, equipped with crampons and all necessary materials: an unforgettable experience. Night in Franz Josef. 

Day 16: From Franz Josef to Queenstown

Road trip from Franz Josef to Queenstown, driving through one of the most beautiful roads in New Zealand. Visit to the Fox Glacier, the Knights View Point, the Ship Creek Beach, the Thunder Falls and the Blue Pools on the way. Night in Queenstown. 

Day 17: Queenstown Adventure Activities

Activity in the "Adventure Capital of the World" (bridge bungying, parachuting, river surfing...). Night in Queenstown. 

Day 18: Fiordland National Park

Transfer to the Fiordland National Park. Trekking through the Kepler Track. Swimming in the Lake. Night in Fiordland. 

Day 19: Milford Sound

Kayaking in Milford Sound, one of the most stunning fiords in New Zealand. Walk through Te Anau. Night in Te Anau. 

Day 20: Return to Auckland

Return to Queenstown. Drop off rental car. Flight to Auckland. Night in Auckland. 

Day 21: Back home

Flight back home. 

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