29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pompallier Mission and Printery and KeriKeri New Zealand. Step out of Paihia to go to Russell and see Christ Church, which is approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: catch all the local highlights with Salt Air, steep yourself in history at Kororipo Heritage Park, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and get a new perspective on things with Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Day Tours.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia day trip app.

Manchester, UK to Paihia is an approximately 32-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Manchester to Paihia. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery
Christ Church ©
Christ Church

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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 22nd (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, take a memorable tour with Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves attractions planning site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 22:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Te Puia and Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planning app.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Rotorua are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 25:
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Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Buried Village of Te Wairoa ©
Buried Village of Te Wairoa

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Taupo

Taupo
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo Museum and Tukairangi Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and explore the galleries of L'Arte.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo vacation builder app.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:
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Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Taupo Museum ©
Taupo Museum
Fishing Charters & Tours

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit. On the 30th (Tue), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Ohakune Old Coach Road, hike along Rotopounamu Track, and capture your vacation like a pro with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip maker.

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 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 1:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary and then see the interesting displays at Pataka Art + Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington holiday builder website.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Pataka Art + Museum
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:
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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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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 Milford sound Hwy in Milford Sound, about 54 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, examine the collection at Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Te Anau online travel route planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Te Anau in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Milford sound Hwy
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 7:
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy
 Fiordland Outdoors Co. ©
Fiordland Outdoors Co.

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally view the masterpieces at Silver Fern Gallery. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown journey builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 9:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Silver Fern Gallery ©
Silver Fern Gallery

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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.
On the 10th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hooker Valley Track, then identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery and then contemplate the long history of River Walk.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier day trip planning website.

Drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Hooker Valley Track, West Coast Wildlife Centre
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:
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West Coast Wildlife Centre ©
West Coast Wildlife Centre
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery ©
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery
River Walk ©
River Walk

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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 12th (Mon): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, then view the masterpieces at Kiwa Art, and finally don't miss a visit to SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, see the interesting displays at New Zealand Maritime Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Devonport.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Auckland driving holiday planning app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fox Glacier to Auckland in 9.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Kiwa Art, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:
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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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