28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  27 h
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Paihia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 45 min
6
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
Bus:  6 h 15 min
7
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
8
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  30 h
End: London

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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to SkyTower, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Auckland is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from London to Auckland due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Paihia.

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
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 Paihia to go to Kerikeri and see Manginangina Kauri Walk, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kerikeri
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Go for a jaunt from Tongariro National Park to Turangi to see River Rafting & Tubing about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, make a trip to Mead's Wall, and trek along Rotopounamu Track.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Paihia to Tongariro National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Great Lake Taupo, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, &more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Mountain Jade, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

Make your Rotorua itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

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 December, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Highlights from your plan
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Zipline
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
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 5th (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves online trip builder.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

3
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Franz Josef (Sentinel Rock Walk & Franz Josef Glacier) and Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Fox Glacier South Side Walk, &more).

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) attractions planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

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
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

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.
Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Milford Sound (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Humboldt Falls). Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring at Doubtful Sound. And it doesn't end there: hike along Hollyford Track, stroll through Routeburn Track, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn.

Start your trip to Te Anau by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Routeburn Track
Highlights from your plan
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

3
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, pause for some photo ops at William Gilbert Rees Statue, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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