28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
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Christchurch
— 1 night
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
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Taupo
— 3 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
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Paihia
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 2 nights

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Escape the urban bustle at Snow Farm NZ and Ben Lomond Track. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Hayes Walkway and Moke Lake. Take a break from Queenstown with a short trip to UnderDog Sled Dog Tours in Cardrona, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Queenstown Trail, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the galleries of Silver Fern Gallery, and do a tasting at Brennan Wines.

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Chennai, India to Queenstown is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Chennai to Queenstown, you'll lose 6.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Shopping

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Snow Farm NZ
4.4
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Biking Trail
Queenstown Trail
4.9
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Hiking Trail
Ben Lomond Track
4.9

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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.
Get outdoors at Mirror Lakes Walk and Milford sound Hwy. Discover out-of-the-way places like Southern Lakes Helicopters and Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs. There's still lots to do: race across the water with Fiordland Jet, trek along Gertrude Saddle, indulge in some personalized pampering at Fiordland Massage Clinic, and contemplate the waterfront views at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau day trip planning website.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

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Hiking Trail
Mirror Lakes Walk
4.5
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Speed Boats Tour
Fiordland Jet
5.0
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Wildlife Area
Milford sound Hwy
4.8

3
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Explorers and Sentinel Rock Walk. Step out of the city life by going to Ski The Tasman and Governors Bush Walk. Venture out of the city with trips to Franz Josef (Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting & Spas) and Minnehaha Walk (in Fox Glacier).

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) route planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Christchurch.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

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Geologic Formation
Tasman Glacier
4.4
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Glacier Explorers
4.2
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Hiking Trail
Sentinel Rock Walk
4.5

1
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Christchurch

Christchurch ©

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 16th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Corsair Bay and then buy something for everyone on your list at Re:START.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch takes 4.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Shopping · Beaches · Outdoors
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Shopping Mall
Re:START
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Rotorua

Rotorua ©

Sulphur City

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Redwoods Treewalk. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Papamoa Beach and Blue Lake Track. And it doesn't end there: experience the excitement of 3D Trick Art Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, kick your exploration up a notch at Velocity Valley, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rotorua tour itinerary tool.

You can fly from Christchurch to Rotorua in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Christchurch in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rotorua, with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

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Taupo

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve and Huka Falls. Get in touch with nature at Huka Falls Walkway and Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach, trek along Great Lake Trail, and get a new perspective on things with Big Sky Parasail.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

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Huka Falls Walkway
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Waterfall
Huka Falls
4.6

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mount Ruapehu and Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial. Get outdoors at Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour and Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead. On the 25th (Fri), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls and hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk.

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

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Mount Ruapehu
4.5
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Hiking Trail
Horsemtrails
5.0

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and then get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours.

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Getting from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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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.
On the 27th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Day Tours, then see the world from above with Salt Air, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour and then steep yourself in history at Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Paihia trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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Wildlife Area
Paihia Harbour
4.6
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Helicopter Tour
Salt Air
5.0

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Auckland

Auckland ©

City of Sails

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.
On the 29th (Tue), kick back and relax at Takapuna Beach and then kick back and relax at Browns Bay Beach.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Auckland vacation builder tool.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.7

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