29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Fly
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Paihia
— 3 nights
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Taxi to Whangarei Airport, Fly to Hamilton Airport, Taxi to Waitomo Caves
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
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Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 5 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to London

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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.
On the 22nd (Tue), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland trip app.

London, UK to Auckland is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 12 hours. While traveling from London, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours · Wineries · Museums
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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.
Paihia is known for parks, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through Paihia Harbour, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Paihia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and then catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the masterpieces at Rotorua Museum, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and take in the natural beauty of Te Puia.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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Taupo

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stroll through Huka Falls Walkway.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo visit planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
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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 2nd (Fri), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Spend the 3rd (Sat) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. There's still lots to do: trek along Horsemtrails, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Taranaki Falls, and explore the activities along Tama Lakes.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park online trip itinerary maker.

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 5th (Mon) early enough to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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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.
On the 6th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, steep yourself in history at 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 where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington tour site.

Fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. December in Wellington sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, then walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Ohinetahi Garden.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Wellington in December, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive 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.
Fox Glacier is known for trails, adventure, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Minnehaha Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, and take in the pleasant sights at River Walk.

For photos and other tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier holiday planning website.

You can drive from Christchurch to Fox Glacier in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

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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: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Barn, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · 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.
On the 15th (Thu), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, hike along Routeburn Track, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Te Anau itinerary tool.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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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.