29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip itinerary builder

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Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
2
Paihia
— 4 nights
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus
4
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Bus to Hokitika i-SITE, Fly to Wellington
6
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
7
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive
9
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
10
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Bus to Auckland, Fly to Edinburgh

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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 18th (Tue): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Auckland online journey planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Auckland is an approximately 28-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Auckland. Traveling from Edinburgh in January, expect Auckland to be much warmer, temps between 22°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Tours · Wineries · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 18:

Paihia

— 4 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 21st (Fri) at Urupukapuka Island. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and stop by Paihia Bookshop.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read Paihia trip planner.

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:

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 with an excursion to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound--about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 26th (Wed), hike the day away at Kepler Track. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and hike along The Chasm Walk.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau trip maker site.

Getting from Paihia to Te Anau by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:

Queenstown

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. On the next day, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Queenstown, use our trip itinerary maker.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:

Fox Glacier

— 3 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Take a break from Fox Glacier with a short trip to Sentinel Rock Walk in Franz Josef, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Franz Josef Glacier, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, and trek along Moraine Walk.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Fox Glacier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:

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.
On the 1st (Tue), ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Wellington tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fox Glacier to Wellington takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In January in Wellington, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Transportation · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 1:

Tongariro National Park

— 3 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 2nd (Wed), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Ohakune Old Coach Road, trek along Ridge Track, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, and go for a walk through Mead's Wall.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:

Taupo

— 4 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, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo, laugh and play at Huka Prawn Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Taupo day trip planning website.

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:

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.
Step out of Rotorua to go to Hinuera and see Hobbiton Movie Set, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Rotokakahi, and take in the natural beauty of Te Puia.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua planning app.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 11:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves route maker app.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:

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.