28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 15 min
2
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
3
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Bus:  8 h 15 min
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Taumarunui
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
10
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
End: Auckland

1
night
Auckland

Auckland ©
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 29th (Fri), head off the coast to Rangitoto Island, thengo for a stroll along the water at Viaduct Harbour, thendon't miss a visit to SkyTower, and finally stop by Pauanesia. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden and then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland day trip app.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Auckland. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

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.
Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Milford Sound (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Pops View Look Out). Spend the 3rd (Wed) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park, and hike along Lake Gunn.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau road trip website.

You can fly from Auckland to Te Anau in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Lake Gunn
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Spas

3
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hooker Valley Track (in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)) and Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, stroll through Moraine Walk, go for a walk through River Walk, and enjoy some diversion at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier trip planner.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Fox Glacier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Hooker Valley Track, Hapuka Estuary Walk
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

2
nights
Wellington

Wellington
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 12th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, thengo from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, thenget to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Wellington travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Fox Glacier to Wellington takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In June in Wellington, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

4
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, stop by Huka Honey Hive, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, and join the crowd at Formula Challenge Racing.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Taupo trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Wellington to Taupo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Ohakune Old Coach Road, hike along Ridge Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, and admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tongariro National Park tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Taumarunui.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

1
night
Taumarunui

Taumarunui ©
Taumarunui is a small town in the King Country of the central North Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): experience rural life at Nevalea Alpacas, experience rural life at Lauren's Lavender Farm, and then admire the natural beauty at Bradley's Garden.

Find out how to plan Taumarunui trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taumarunui takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Taumarunui

Parks
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Bradley's Garden ©
Bradley's Garden
Nevalea Alpacas ©
Nevalea Alpacas
Lauren's Lavender Farm ©
Lauren's Lavender Farm

1
night
Waitomo Caves

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, thenhead outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and finally Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Taumarunui to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Caveworld ©
Caveworld
Marakopa Falls ©
Marakopa Falls

3
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, go for a walk through Opua Forest Lookout Track, admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church, and don't miss a visit to KeriKeri New Zealand.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kerikeri
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Byrne Northland Wines ©
Byrne Northland Wines

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