29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paihia
— 3 nights
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
4
Taupo
— 4 nights
5
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
6
Wellington
— 1 night
7
Te Anau
— 3 nights
8
Queenstown
— 3 nights
9
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
10
Auckland
— 3 nights

3
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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.
Spend a day of island exploring on the 14th (Sun) at Urupukapuka Island. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Paihia route planner.

New Delhi, India to Paihia is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Paihia. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Byrne Northland Wines
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, thenHead underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thenHead underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

3
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Rotorua

Rotorua ©
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, get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Rotokakahi, and hike along Lake Okareka Walkway.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua road trip planning website.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in February, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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Taupo

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: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Taupo day trip planning website.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

3
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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 23rd (Tue), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 24th (Wed), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Mead's Wall, trek along Silica Rapids Track, stroll through Ridge Track, and admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Silica Rapids Track ©
Silica Rapids Track

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Wellington

Wellington
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Wellington trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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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.
When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, approximately Milford Sound away. Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, stroll through The Chasm Walk, and look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Te Anau takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bowen Falls
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
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 wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, take a memorable tour with Tours, and don't miss a visit to Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary planning site.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
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 Franz Josef (Franz Josef Glacier & Sentinel Rock Walk). There's still lots to do: hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Minnehaha Walk, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fox Glacier trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

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Auckland

Auckland ©
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 8th (Mon): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, thenadmire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo, and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

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

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fox Glacier to Auckland takes 9.5 hours. March in Auckland sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. You will leave for home on the 10th (Wed).

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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