25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Tampa
Fly:  26 h
1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
car:  3 h 30 min
2
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus:  5 h 30 min
3
Wanaka
— 3 nights
drive:  6 h 30 min
4
Franz Josef
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Greymouth
— Few hours
train:  4 h 30 min
6
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Train:  6 h 30 min
7
Picton
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
9
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
10
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
11
Titirangi
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
12
Whangarei
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
13
Russell
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
14
Auckland
— Few hours
Fly:  23 h
End: Tampa

2
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Zipline as well as Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Queenstown trip simple and quick.

Tampa, USA to Queenstown is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to Queenstown is 17 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Fri) before leaving for Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Adventure Tours
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Zipline
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

3
nights
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.
You've added Milford Sound, Key Summit Track, Lake Gunn, and other attractions to your itinerary. Spend the 19th (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves and hike along The Chasm Walk.

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

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Key Summit Track
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

3
nights
Wanaka

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wanaka Lavender Farm, South Canyons, Puzzling World, and other attractions you added. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: scramble along the landscape with Wildwire Wanaka and then get your game on at Puzzling World.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip itinerary tool.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Wanaka in 6.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Wanaka

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Wildwire Wanaka ©
Wildwire Wanaka
Puzzling World ©
Puzzling World
South Canyons ©
South Canyons

1
night
Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Matheson Walk, Glacier Hot Pools and Gillespies Beach. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, indulge in some personalized pampering at Glacier Hot Pools, and then kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Franz Josef attractions planner.

Take a bus from Wanaka to Franz Josef in 6 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Fri) before leaving for Greymouth.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Outdoors Spas

Side Trip

Fox Glacier
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk

few
hours
Greymouth

Greymouth ©
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. Monteith's Brewing Company has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): sample the tasty concoctions at Monteith's Brewing Company.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Greymouth road trip planner.

Drive from Franz Josef to Greymouth in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Greymouth

Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Monteith's Brewing Company ©
Monteith's Brewing Company

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Akaroa Sailing Cruises, Pohatu penguins/Plunge NZ Ltd and Avon River.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Christchurch itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Greymouth to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Christchurch are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Picton.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Akaroa
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Akaroa Sailing Cruises ©
Akaroa Sailing Cruises
Pohatu penguins/Plunge NZ Ltd ©
Pohatu penguins/Plunge NZ Ltd
Avon River ©
Avon River

1
night
Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
You've now added Queen Charlotte Track to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): stroll through Queen Charlotte Track.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Picton trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Picton takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Christchurch in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Picton, with lows around 59°F. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wellington.

Things to do in Picton

Parks Trails Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kaitoke Regional Park as well as Wellington Cable Car. On the 27th (Mon), go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Wellington trip builder app.

Drive from Picton to Wellington in 3.5 hours. In January in Wellington, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 59°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Nature Transportation

Side Trips

Wellington Botanic Garden, Kaitoke Regional Park
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Mount Victoria ©
Mount Victoria

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Huka Falls Walkway, Whakapapa Nature Walk, Aratiatia Rapids, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, thenhike along Taranaki Falls, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park route maker site.

Getting from Wellington to Tongariro National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Taupo
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

2
nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Skyline Rotorua, Redwoods Treewalk, Polynesian Spa, and other attractions. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rotorua attractions planning website.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Titirangi.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hell's Gate, Ruakuri Walk, Hobbiton Movie Set, Whakaari White Island Volcano, Okere Falls Track
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Whakaari White Island Volcano ©
Whakaari White Island Volcano

1
night
Titirangi

Titirangi ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Piha Beach as well as Karekare Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Titirangi tour itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Titirangi takes 3 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Titirangi can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sun) before leaving for Whangarei.

Things to do in Titirangi

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Piha, Karekare Beach
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Kitekite Falls ©
Kitekite Falls
Arataki Visitor Centre ©
Arataki Visitor Centre
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach

2
nights
Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve as well as Mount Manaia Track. On the 2nd (Sun), hike along Waipu Coastal Trail and then admire the sheer force of Whangarei Falls. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Manaia Track and then look for all kinds of wild species at Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Whangarei trip planner.

Traveling by car from Titirangi to Whangarei takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Russell.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Paihia, Haruru Falls
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve ©
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

2
nights
Russell

Russell ©
Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Omata Estate and Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation.. On the 4th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Omata Estate, contemplate the long history of Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, look for gifts at Newport Chocolates, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, thentrek along Tapeka Point Track, and finally surround yourself with nature on Russell Nature Walks.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Russell trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Whangarei to Russell in 1.5 hours. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Russell

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Russell Nature Walks ©
Russell Nature Walks
Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation. ©
Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation.

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hours
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.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Russell to Auckland in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in February, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 7:

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