26 days in New Zealand Itinerary

26 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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26 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  30 h
1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Te Anau
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9 h 15 min
4
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
6
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  7 h 45 min
8
Kaikoura
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  31 h
End: London

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a memorable tour with Tours, and don't miss a visit to Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown online travel route planner .

London, UK to Queenstown is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Queenstown is 12 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mt. Cook Village: Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef) and Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier Hiking Trails & Fox Glacier South Side Walk). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hooker Valley Track, trek along Kea Point Track, and head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

For photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village road trip site .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Mt. Cook Village takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

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.
When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, approximately Milford away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, stroll through Lake Gunn, trek along The Chasm Walk, and identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

2
nights
Whakapapa

Take a break from Whakapapa with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi, about 34 minutes away. On the 24th (Mon), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Whakapapa online attractions planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Whakapapa. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rotorua vacation builder app .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 29:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

3
nights
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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, trek along Hongi Hika Walk, and look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hongi Hika Walk
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island

2
nights
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 4th (Wed): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kaikoura is known for wildlife, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stop by Kaikoura Cheese, don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kaikoura tour planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Auckland to Kaikoura in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

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