25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  26​h
1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
car:  3​h 30​min
2
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus:  3​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): indulge in some personalized pampering at Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: 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.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown journey planner .

Tampa, USA to Queenstown is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Outdoors Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:
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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. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), and trek along The Chasm Walk.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for the bus ride 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
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful 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 Wildwire Wanaka, Wanaka Lavender Farm, Puzzling World, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at Puzzling World. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Wildwire Wanaka and then explore and take pictures at Wanaka Lavender Farm.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Wanaka takes 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

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

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): explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, relax and rejuvenate at Glacier Hot Pools, and then stroll through Gillespies Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Franz Josef online holiday planner .

Take a bus from Wanaka to Franz Josef in 6.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Fri) before leaving for Greymouth.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Outdoors Nature

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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Monteith's Brewing Company.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Greymouth trip site .

You can drive from Franz Josef to Greymouth in 2.5 hours. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Greymouth

Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:

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 more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch planner .

Drive from Greymouth to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Picton.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Tours 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. On the 26th (Sun), stroll through Queen Charlotte Track.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Picton journey maker .

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Picton takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Christchurch in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 59°F in Picton. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Mon) before leaving for Wellington.

Things to do in Picton

Outdoors Parks Trails
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.

Discover how to plan a Wellington trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Picton to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in January, and nighttime lows around 59°F. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Tue) before leaving for 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 list of things to see and do now includes Huka Falls Walkway, Whakapapa Nature Walk, Aratiatia Rapids, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, then hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, then take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, and finally get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu. Keep things going the next day: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park driving holiday planning site .

Getting from Wellington to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Thu) before leaving for Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

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

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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. There's more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in January, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Titirangi.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Nightlife

Side Trips

White Island Volcano, Hells Gate, Hobbiton Movie Set, Ruakuri Walk, Hamurana Springs Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
White Island Volcano ©
White Island Volcano
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

1
night
Titirangi

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

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Titirangi trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Titirangi takes 3 hours. In February in Titirangi, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 62°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sun) before leaving for Whangarei.

Things to do in Titirangi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Piha, Karekare Beach, Waitakere Ranges
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Kitekite Falls ©
Kitekite Falls
Waitakere Ranges ©
Waitakere Ranges
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. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): trek along Waipu Coastal Trail and then admire the sheer force of Whangarei Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Manaia Track and then explore the gorgeous colors at Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Whangarei journey builder tool .

You can drive from Titirangi to Whangarei in 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
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve ©
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Haruru Falls ©
Haruru Falls

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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): do a tasting at Paroa Bay Winery. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Omata Estate, steep yourself in history at Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, stop by Newport Chocolates, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tapeka Point Track, and finally surround yourself with nature on Russell Nature Walks.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Russell day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Whangarei to Russell takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Russell

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve ©
Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve
Christ Church ©
Christ Church

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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.
Before you visit Auckland, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Russell to Auckland in 4 hours. In February, daytime highs in Auckland are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

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

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