29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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1
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
3
Taupo
— 4 nights
4
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
6
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
7
Te Anau
— 4 nights
8
Queenstown
— 5 nights
9
Paihia
— 2 nights
10
Auckland
— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thenhike along Ruakuri Walk, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, thenHead underground at Ruakuri Cave, thenHead underground at Aranui Cave, and finally head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip maker app.

Auckland to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Aranui Cave
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

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.
Go for a jaunt from Rotorua to Hinuera to see Hobbiton Movie Set about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, trot along with a tour on horseback, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Rotorua, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

4
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, get interesting insight from Tours, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo journey planning website.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Lake Taupo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 13th (Thu), hit the slopes at Turoa Ski Area. Keep things going the next day: get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park planner.

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 your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Te Porere Redoubt ©
Te Porere Redoubt

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.
On the 15th (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wellington Zoo, thentake an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the next day, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, thenadmire the striking features of Old St Paul's, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally browse the exhibits of National War Memorial.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Wellington trip planner.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

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 Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo

2
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, thenfly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman, and then trek along Kea Point Track. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Mount Cook Alpine Memorial, thenhike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and then take in the pleasant sights at Hapuka Estuary Walk.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier South Side Walk, Hapuka Estuary Walk
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Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

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 Te Anau with an excursion to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound--about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mitre Peak, head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and explore the activities along Mavora Lakes Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Te Anau attractions planner.

Traveling by bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau takes 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Boat Tours & Water Sports
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Mitre Peak ©
Mitre Peak
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

5
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.
On the 23rd (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. On the 24th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, view the masterpieces at Silver Fern Gallery, and learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and then admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Paihia Bookshop, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, thentee off at Waitangi Golf Club, and finally view the masterpieces at Kaan Zamaan.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia travel route planner.

Fly from Queenstown to Paihia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kaan Zamaan
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
St Paul's Anglican Church ©
St Paul's Anglican Church
Spas

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, thenstop by Pauanesia, and finally don't miss a visit to SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, thencontemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheltenham Beach.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planner.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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