29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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

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Wellington

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.
On the next day, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, learn about winemaking at Te Aro Wine, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington travel planning site.

New York City, USA to Wellington is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Wellington, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in June, expect nights in Wellington to be little chillier, around 47°F, while days are much colder, around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation · Wineries
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 19:
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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 Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Minnehaha Walk, &more).

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

Getting from Wellington to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 22:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails ©
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails

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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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound, about 1 hour away. Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring at Doubtful Sound. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take a pleasant ride with Westray Adventures - Horse Treks & Quad Tours, and test your team's savvy at Fiordland Escapes.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau takes 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 22 — 26:
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Westray Adventures - Horse Treks & Quad Tours ©
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Queenstown

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.
On the 28th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Nomad Safaris, and have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip builder site.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 26 — 30:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

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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.
On the 1st (Thu), contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Bay of Islands, and then learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at The Parrot Place, then trek along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Paihia trip planning tool.

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 your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 2:
Highlights from your plan
Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
The Parrot Place ©
The Parrot Place

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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.
When in Rotorua, make a side trip to see Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera, approximately Hinuera away. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and contemplate the long history of Te Puia.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua holiday planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo trip maker site.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 11th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, capture your vacation like a pro with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, then explore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park online trip builder.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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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.
On the 13th (Tue), stroll through Ruakuri Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and finally head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then get the lay of the land with Glowing Adventures, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Waitomo Caves attractions site.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Glowing Adventures ©
Glowing Adventures
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing

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Auckland

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 15th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, examine the collection at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Auckland tour planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Auckland are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki ©
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

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