26 days in New Zealand Itinerary

26 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus
2
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
5
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Shuttle
6
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
9
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly
10
Paihia
— 3 nights
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Queenstown — 3 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planner.

London, UK to Queenstown is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Queenstown is 12 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.
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Te Anau — 4 nights

Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 20th (Mon), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, trek along Lake Gunn, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Te Anau day trip site.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) — 3 nights

Venture out of the city with trips to Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef) and Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Helicopter Tours, &more).

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) online trip maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to fly to Wellington.
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Wellington — 1 night

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then appreciate the history behind John Plimmer Statue, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Wellington online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, daytime highs in Wellington are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can fly to Tongariro National Park.
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Tongariro National Park — 3 nights

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 28th (Tue), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 26th (Sun), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's still lots to do: stroll through Silica Rapids Track, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and don't miss a visit to Mead's Wall.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a shuttle to Taupo.
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Taupo — 3 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, theme parks, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and laugh and play at Huka Prawn Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo attractions planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Rotorua.
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Rotorua — 2 nights

Sulphur City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then explore the world behind art at Rotorua Museum. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Rotorua trip planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. March in Rotorua sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.
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Waitomo Caves — 1 night

Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Head underground at Caveworld, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves sightseeing planning app.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Auckland.
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Auckland — 1 night

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
On the 7th (Tue), walk around Auckland Domain, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Auckland itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Paihia.
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Paihia — 3 nights

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.
On the 8th (Wed), explore and take pictures at Opua Forest Lookout Track, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Anglican Church, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour. On the next day, stop by Paihia Bookshop, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia online holiday planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Paihia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.
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