27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly to Hokitika, Bus to Fox Glacier
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Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Bus
8
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus
9
Queenstown
— 1 night
Drive
10
Christchurch
— 3 nights
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Auckland

— 2 nights

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 3rd (Tue), enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, and then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Auckland trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Auckland is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Singapore to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in January, you will find days in Auckland are cooler (22°C), and nights are little chillier (22°C). On the 4th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Wineries · Tours · Nightlife

Paihia

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paihia trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Rotorua

— 2 nights

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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua travel planner.

Getting from Paihia to Rotorua by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Rotorua are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Taupo

— 3 nights

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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, and find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Taupo trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park

— 3 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Mead's Wall, hike along Ridge Track, then take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track.

To plan Tongariro National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Wellington

— 1 night

Harbour Capital

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.
On the 14th (Sat), catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Wellington itinerary maker.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Wellington by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Fox Glacier

— 3 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fox Glacier: Hooker Valley Track (in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)) and Sentinel Rock Walk (in Franz Josef). There's still lots to do: trek along Franz Josef Glacier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip itinerary maker site.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Fox Glacier in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Thu) before leaving for Te Anau.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Te Anau

— 4 nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound (about 1 hour away). Spend the 21st (Sat) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 22nd (Sun), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip site.

You can take a bus from Fox Glacier to Te Anau in 10 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Queenstown

— 1 night

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary maker tool.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. You'll set off for Christchurch on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Christchurch

— 3 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Christchurch is known for parks, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get around town with TranzAlpine Train, take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral, and examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Queenstown to Christchurch by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.