27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Tauranga
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
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Taupo
— 4 nights
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Christchurch
— 3 nights
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Wanaka
— 2 nights
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Queenstown
— 5 nights
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Milford
— 1 night
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Stewart Island
— 1 day

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre and Walking tours. Step out of Auckland to go to Muriwai Beach and see Muriwai Gannet Colony, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to SkyTower, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Creek.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip itinerary planner.

Wellington to Auckland is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Auckland when traveling from Wellington in May, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tauranga.

Things to do in Auckland

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

2
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Tauranga

Tauranga
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Reality Experience, then hike along Mount Maunganui Summit Track, and finally trek along Mount Maunganui Base Track. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Johnson Reserve, admire the sheer force of Wairere Falls, then take some stellar pictures from Minden Lookout, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at McLaren Falls Park.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tauranga tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Tauranga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Auckland in May since evenings lows in Tauranga dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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McLaren Falls Park
McLaren Falls Park
Wairere Falls ©
Wairere Falls
Virtual Reality Experience ©
Virtual Reality Experience

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Waitomo Caves (Caveworld, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, &more). There's much more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, don't miss a visit to Amokura Glass, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and take in the natural beauty of Te Puia.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rotorua road trip app.

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Rotorua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Zipline
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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Taupo

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Huka Falls Walkway and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Tongariro National Park (Te Porere Redoubt, Tongariro Alpine Crossing, &more) and Whakapapa (Ridge Track & Silica Rapids Track). There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Great Lake Trail, view the masterpieces at Tukairangi Gallery, take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Taupo trip maker tool.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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Wellington

Wellington

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, appreciate the history behind John Plimmer Statue, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at West Wind Recreation Area, then take in the exciting artwork at New Zealand Portrait Gallery, then explore the striking landscape at Pinnacles Track, and finally learn about winemaking at Te Aro Wine.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington travel site.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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Christchurch

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Hinewai Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Akaroa (Saint Peter's Anglican Church & Lava). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, take a stroll around Exchange Christchurch (XCHC), and see a show at The Arts Centre.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in May, Christchurch is little chillier at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts

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Wanaka

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): hike along Blue Pools Track and then explore the striking landscape of Mount Aspiring National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Wanaka travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Christchurch to Wanaka in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Mount Aspiring National Park ©
Mount Aspiring National Park
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

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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 Hollyford Track and Lake Te Anau. Venture out of the city with trips to Te Anau (Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs & Ivan Wilson Park). There's much more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown visit site.

Take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Milford.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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Milford

Milford
On the 26th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Smiths Bush Reserve.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Milford trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Queenstown to Milford. May in Milford sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Stewart Island.

Things to do in Milford

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Stewart Island

Stewart Island ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Rakiura Museum and then head off the coast to Ulva Island.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Stewart Island trip itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Milford to Stewart Island with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Stewart Island

Nature · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ulva Island ©
Ulva Island
Rakiura Museum ©
Rakiura Museum

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