25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Wellington
1
Wellington
— 1 day
Fly:  4 h
2
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
7
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus:  6 h 15 min
8
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Wellington

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): meet the residents at Wellington Zoo, thenvisit Cuba Street, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Wellington online journey planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Wellington. In June, daytime highs in Wellington are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
Cuba Street ©
Cuba Street

3
nights
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 Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu. Step out of Tongariro National Park with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi--about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Horsemtrails, trek along Ridge Track, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tongariro National Park using our trip planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, trot along with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and explore and take pictures at Te Puia.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rotorua driving holiday planner.

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 June, daytime highs in Rotorua are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Taupo
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

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 20th (Sat), Head underground at Piripiri Cave Walk, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, thentrek along Ruakuri Walk, and finally head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, thenlet the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally get your game on at Kiwiana Leisure Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip maker.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Kiwiana Leisure Park
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

3
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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, and have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Reality Studio.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Auckland journey app.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daytime highs in Auckland are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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.
Take a break from Queenstown with a short trip to Old Fashioned Costume Photography in Arrowtown, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take in the awesome beauty at The Remarkables Ski Area, get interesting insight from Tours, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Queenstown driving holiday planning tool.

You can fly from Auckland to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Old Fashioned Costume Photography
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Zipline

4
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.
Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford Sound and see Bowen Falls, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, relax in the rural setting at Honeyfields Alpacas Farm, head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, and pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau vacation tool.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bowen Falls
Highlights from your plan
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

4
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Fox Glacier (Minnehaha Walk, Moraine Walk, &more) and Franz Josef (Peters Pool Walk, Franz Josef Glacier, &more).

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip maker site.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

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

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef, Hapuka Estuary Walk
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

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