29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Taupo
— 3 nights
Shuttle
6
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
7
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
8
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive
9
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive
10
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus
11
Te Anau
— 5 nights
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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.
Spend a day of island exploring on the 16th (Wed) at Urupukapuka Island. Spend the 15th (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, explore and take pictures at Opua Forest Lookout Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paihia Harbour, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip itinerary maker site.

Melbourne, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Auckland trip planner.

You can fly from Paihia to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Wineries · Tours
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Waitomo Caves

— 1 night
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 18th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and then head outdoors with Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Nature
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Rotorua

— 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Rotorua to Hinuera to see Hobbiton Movie Set about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Rotorua are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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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 parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, explore the striking landscape at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Taupo travel route planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can take a shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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Tongariro National Park

— 4 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 25th (Fri), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 26th (Sat), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Northern Circuit, hike along Rotopounamu Track, and take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks
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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 1st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old St Paul's, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Wellington itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February in Wellington, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Transportation
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Christchurch

— 1 night

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 2nd (Wed), see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, then stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Ohinetahi Garden.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Christchurch tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Wellington in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Christchurch, with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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Fox Glacier

— 3 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Explore Fox Glacier's surroundings by going to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Glencoe Walk & Hooker Valley Track). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, trek along Moraine Walk, stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Fox Glacier route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

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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, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Kiwi Birdlife Park, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planning tool.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games
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Te Anau

— 5 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.
Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 11th (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trek along The Chasm Walk, and stroll through Ivan Wilson Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau online itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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.