29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand route planner
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Fly
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
5
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Shuttle
6
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive
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Auckland
— 1 night
Fly
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Paihia
— 3 nights
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Queenstown — 3 nights

Shallow Bay

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, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Park, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary maker.

Chandigarh, India to Queenstown is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Traveling from Chandigarh to Queenstown, you'll lose 6.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.
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Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Te Anau — 4 nights

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 to go to Milford Sound and see Bowen Falls, which is approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 1st (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 30th (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gertrude Saddle, look for gifts at Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, and look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau tour planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).
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Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) — 3 nights

Venture out of the city with trips to Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef) and Fox Glacier (Helicopter Tours & Fox Glacier South Side Walk).

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) route planning app.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to fly to Wellington.
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Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

Wellington — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Wellington online trip maker.

You can fly from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Wellington are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Tongariro National Park.
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Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

Tongariro National Park — 4 nights

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 9th (Mon), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 8th (Sun), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Taranaki Falls, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, explore the activities along Tama Lakes, and trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park road trip planning app.

You can fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Taupo.
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Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:

Taupo — 3 nights

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.
Taupo is known for nature, theme parks, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo travel route planning app.

You can take a shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.
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Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

Rotorua — 2 nights

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.
On the 13th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Rotorua Museum, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Rotorua trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.
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Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

Waitomo Caves — 2 nights

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 15th (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Head underground at Caveworld, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then make a short side trip with Day Trips, and then get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.
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Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

Auckland — 1 night

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 17th (Tue): learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally make a trip to Sky Tower.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Auckland trip planning site.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Auckland sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Paihia.
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Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:

Paihia — 3 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and tee off at Waitangi Golf Club.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Paihia online itinerary builder.

Fly from Auckland to Paihia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:

New Zealand travel guide

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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.
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