28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Wellington
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Stewart Island
— 2 nights
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Paihia
— 3 nights
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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Manukau
— 4 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 2 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Wellington Cable Car, then explore the activities along Oriental Bay, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On your second day here, shop like a local with Cuba Street and then get outside with Bruce Bay.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington visit planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Wellington. In August in Wellington, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Stewart Island.

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors · Beaches · Transportation · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:

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Stewart Island

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours and then step off the mainland to explore Ulva Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rakiura Track.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Stewart Island trip maker app.

Explore your travel options from Wellington to Stewart Island with the Route module. On the 12th (Mon), you'll travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Stewart Island

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

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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.
Shop till you drop at Silver Fern Gallery and Artbay Gallery. Get outdoors at Coronet Peak and Speed Boats Tours. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area, stop by Amisfield Cellar Door, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and view the masterpieces at The Ivy Box.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Stewart Island to Queenstown with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 16:

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Taupo Bay Beach and Rainbow Falls. The adventure continues: stop by The Cabbage Tree Shop, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, step off the mainland to explore Urupukapuka Island, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Paihia online road trip planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Paihia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:

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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 19th (Mon): kick back and relax at Piha Beach, then take a stroll through Devonport, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Rangitoto Island and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manukau.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:

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Manukau

Manukau City is a former territorial authority district in Auckland, New Zealand, that was governed by the Manukau City Council. Your day by day itinerary now includes Rainbow's End Theme Park. Head to Clevedon Village Farmers Market and The Coromandel Smoking Co.for plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Whangamata Beach and Driving Range. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manukau: Spookers Haunted Attractions (in Karaka), Nikau Cave (in Waikaretu) and Thames (Thames Society of Arts & Miranda Hot Springs). The adventure continues: walk around Ambury Regional Park, steep yourself in history at Stockade Hill, relax in the rural setting at Close Encounters Farm Experience, and head off the coast to Rotoroa Island.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Manukau online tour itinerary planner.

Manukau is just a stone's throw from Auckland. Traveling from Auckland in August, plan for little chillier nights in Manukau, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Manukau

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 25:

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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 25th (Sun), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves. On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, then explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, then admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, and finally take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves online travel route planner.

Drive from Manukau to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Happy Ewe Cycle Tours as well as Skyline Rotorua. Get outdoors at Kinloch Beach and Horseback Riding Tours. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Te Puia, catch some excitement at 3D Trick Art Gallery, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua itinerary planning website.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 30:

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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.
You've now added Taupo Bungy & Swing to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): push the limits with Taupo Bungy & Swing, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave and then tee off at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Taupo route maker.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Golf · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 1:

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Ruapehu and Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu. On the 3rd (Tue), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. There's more to do: trek along Horsemtrails.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park online travel route planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 4th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports
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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.