27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand holiday planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
9
Paihia
— 4 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26

3
nights
Te Anau

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 Bowen Falls, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. On the 2nd (Wed), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 3rd (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, stroll through Routeburn Track, and trek along The Chasm Walk.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau travel itinerary planner.

Bogota, Colombia to Te Anau is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 17 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:

3
nights
Queenstown

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, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, push the limits with an extreme tour, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:

2
nights
Wellington

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, get great views at Mount Victoria, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Transportation

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

4
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 11th (Fri), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, hike along Ridge Track, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park tour itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:

2
nights
Taupo

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.
On the 14th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Huka Falls Walkway, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Taupo trip maker.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

3
nights
Rotorua

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's much more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rotorua online route maker.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

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.
On the 19th (Sat), hike along Ruakuri Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the next day, Head underground at Aranui Cave, then relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip planning tool.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

1
night
Auckland

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally make a trip to SkyTower.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Tours · Wineries · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

4
nights
Paihia

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 wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, trek along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, and admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:

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.