27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand route planner

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Paihia
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Shuttle
5
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
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Wellington
— 3 nights
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Christchurch
— 3 nights
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Invercargill
— 4 nights
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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Paihia

— 2 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.
Paihia is known for parks, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, stop by Paihia Bookshop, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Paihia Harbour.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia attractions app.

Sydney, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Paihia. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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Auckland

— 3 nights

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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, meet the residents at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and explore and take pictures at Viaduct Harbour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Auckland day trip website.

You can fly from Paihia to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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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.
On the 21st (Mon), get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest. Keep things going the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then contemplate the long history of Te Puia, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua trip planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Rotorua when traveling from Auckland in February, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Taupo

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Taupo trip planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

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Tongariro National Park

— 2 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, hike along Silica Rapids Track, and then admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park road trip app.

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
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Wellington

— 3 nights

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.
Wellington is known for museums, parks, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, pause for some serene contemplation at Old St Paul's, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and get great views at Mount Victoria.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

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Christchurch

— 3 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 3rd (Thu), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and steep yourself in history at Riccarton House & Bush.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Christchurch online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Wellington in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Christchurch, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can fly to Invercargill.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
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Invercargill

— 4 nights
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Change things up with a short trip to Otautau Gallery in Otautau (about 52 minutes away). Spend the 5th (Sat) exploring the striking scenery along Southern Scenic Route. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Classic Motorcycle Mecca, explore the world behind art at Southland Museum and Art Gallery, let little ones run wild at Dig This Invercargill, and take an in-depth tour of E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Invercargill itinerary planner.

You can fly from Christchurch to Invercargill in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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Te Anau

— 3 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.
Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford Sound and see Boat Tours & Water Sports, which is approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and trek along The Chasm Walk.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Te Anau day trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Invercargill to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Queenstown

— 2 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.
On the 12th (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then join in the after-dark buzz at Vesta Design Boutique, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown travel route tool.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

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New Zealand travel guide

4.5
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.