27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Drive:  5 h
1
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
3
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  8 h
4
Paihia
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
5
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
End: Christchurch

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Visiting Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier Hiking Trails will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fox Glacier: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, Hooker Valley Track, &more). The adventure continues: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and stroll through Moraine Walk.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fox Glacier trip planner.

Christchurch to Fox Glacier is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 28:
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

4
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Peregrine Wines and Fallen Soldiers Memorial are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Zipline and Kiwi Birdlife Park. There's much more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, explore the landscape on two wheels at Queenstown Trail, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 3:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Zipline
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

5
nights
Te Anau

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.
Get in touch with nature at Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound). There's still lots to do: trek along Hollyford Track, contemplate the waterfront views at Ivan Wilson Park, stroll through Lake Gunn, and pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk, Bowen Falls, Routeburn Track
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

3
nights
Paihia

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.
Get outdoors at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Whangarei (Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve & Bream Head Coast Walks). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, stop by Paihia Bookshop, contemplate the long history of KeriKeri New Zealand, and take in the pleasant sights at Opua Forest Lookout Track.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Paihia takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Whangarei, Kerikeri, Pompallier Mission and Printery
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 12:
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Cave. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, trek along Piripiri Cave Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, and explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Aranui Cave
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 15:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

4
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Take a break from the city and head to Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Ohakune Old Coach Road. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Taranaki Falls and Rotopounamu Track. Step out of Tongariro National Park to go to Turangi and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mounds Walk, hike along Ridge Track, and admire the sheer force of Mangawhero Falls.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tongariro National Park using our trip planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 19:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

4
nights
Rotorua

Rotorua ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Huka Falls Walkway and Te Puia. Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Great Lake Trail, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, explore the striking landscape at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua tour planner.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In March, daytime highs in Rotorua are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Taupo
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 23:
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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