28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  8​h
1
Paihia
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Napier
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Blenheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
6
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Bus:  5​h 30​min
7
Dunedin
— 3 nights
Bus:  5​h 15​min
8
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
9
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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 Scuba & Snorkeling and Parasailing & Paragliding. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and trek along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk.

To see maps, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Paihia holiday planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Kororipo Pa Historic Walk
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Huka Falls Walkway and Zipline. Do some cultural sightseeing at Taupo Museum and Buried Village of Te Wairoa. Venture out of the city with trips to Waitomo Caves (Ruakuri Walk & Nature & Wildlife Tours) and Kinloch Beach (in Taupo). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Rotorua trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. February in Rotorua sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Napier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Waitomo Caves
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

2
nights
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Marine Parade. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Te Mata Peak and then learn about winemaking at Church Road Winery Cellar Door & Restaurant.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Napier day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Napier takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Blenheim.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trip

Te Mata Peak
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Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Marine Parade ©
Marine Parade

2
nights
Blenheim

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and then explore the activities along Queen Charlotte Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Blenheim trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Napier to Blenheim takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. February in Blenheim sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Queen Charlotte Sound, Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Queen Charlotte Sound ©
Queen Charlotte Sound

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 13th (Sun), trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohau Stream Walk.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kaikoura trip planner.

Getting from Blenheim to Kaikoura by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Wanaka

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Museum-lovers will appreciate National Transport and Toy Museum and Warbirds & Wheels. Step out of the city life by going to Lake Wanaka and Fishing Charters & Tours. And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Wanaka, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Pools Track, and trek along Mount Iron Track.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Wanaka trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Kaikoura to Wanaka takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Nature
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 17:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Wanaka ©
Wanaka

3
nights
Dunedin

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
You'll explore and learn at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and Happy Hens. Get outdoors at The Royal Albatross Centre and Waikouaiti Beach. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Larnach Castle & Gardens, sample the tasty concoctions at Speight’s Brewery, don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street, and explore the striking landscape at Otago Peninsula.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Dunedin day trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Dunedin in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Waikouaiti Beach
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 20:
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Otago Peninsula ©
Otago Peninsula
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Milford Sound and Lake Gunn. Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory). On the 24th (Thu), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Dunedin to Te Anau takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Peregrine Wines and Central Art Gallery. Ivan Clarke Gallery and The Ivy Box will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll around Village Green, view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Queenstown online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 28:
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Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Zipline

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