28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Wellington
1
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5 h 30 min
2
Stewart Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11 h 45 min
3
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
6
Manukau
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
9
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
10
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Wellington

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Wellington Cable Car, then explore the activities along Oriental Bay, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On your second day here, head outdoors with Great Alpine Highway, get a taste of the local shopping with Cuba Street, and then get outside with Bruce Bay.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Wellington. In August in Wellington, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Stewart Island.

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors Transportation Parks

Side Trip

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Great Alpine Highway ©
Great Alpine Highway
Bruce Bay ©
Bruce Bay

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Stewart Island

Stewart Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours and then step off the mainland to explore Ulva Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rakiura Track.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Stewart Island trip maker app.

Explore your travel options from Wellington to Stewart Island with the Route module. On the 12th (Mon), you'll travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Stewart Island

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Rakiura Track ©
Rakiura Track
Ulva Island ©
Ulva Island
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Amisfield Cellar Door and Silver Fern Gallery. Get outdoors at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables Ski Area. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, view the masterpieces at The Ivy Box, get interesting insight from Tours, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Queenstown road trip planning site.

Explore your travel options from Stewart Island to Queenstown with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Paihia Harbour and Taupo Bay Beach. The adventure continues: stop by The Cabbage Tree Shop, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Paihia trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Queenstown to Paihia in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Haruru Falls, Taupo Bay Beach, Rainbow Falls
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): kick back and relax at Piha Beach, then take a stroll through Devonport, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Rangitoto Island and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planner.

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 August, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manukau.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Piha Beach
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Rangitoto Island ©
Rangitoto Island
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

4
nights
Manukau

Manukau ©
Manukau City is a former territorial authority district in Auckland, New Zealand, that was governed by the Manukau City Council. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rainbow's End Theme Park. Head to Clevedon Village Farmers Market and Thames Society of Artsfor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Whangamata Beach and Rotoroa Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manukau: Miranda Hot Springs (in Thames), Spookers Haunted Attractions (in Karaka) and The Coromandel Smoking Co. (in Coromandel). The adventure continues: Head underground at Nikau Cave, have some family-friendly fun at Gravity NZ Trampoline Park, get outside with Driving Range, and relax in the rural setting at Close Encounters Farm Experience.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Manukau trip builder app.

Manukau is very close to Auckland. Traveling from Auckland in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Manukau, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Manukau

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Thames, Rotoroa Island, Stockade Hill, Clevedon Village Farmers Market, Spookers Haunted Attractions
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Ambury Regional Park ©
Ambury Regional Park
Rainbow's End Theme Park ©
Rainbow's End Theme Park
Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach

2
nights
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.
On the 25th (Sun), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves. On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, then explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, then admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, and finally take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves online travel route planner.

Drive from Manukau to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trip

Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

3
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Happy Ewe Cycle Tours as well as Skyline Rotorua. Get outdoors at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Kinloch Beach. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Te Puia, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, experience the excitement of 3D Trick Art Gallery, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rotorua tour builder website.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in August, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Kinloch Beach
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Skyline Rotorua ©
Skyline Rotorua

2
nights
Taupo

Taupo
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
You've now added Taupo Bungy & Swing to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): push the limits with Taupo Bungy & Swing, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave and then tee off at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Taupo attractions planner.

You can take a bus from Rotorua to Taupo in an hour. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Golf

Side Trip

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 1:
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary ©
Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary

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nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Escape the urban bustle at Horsemtrails and Tongariro Alpine Crossing. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu. There's more to do: get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. On the 4th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Highlights from your plan
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

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