28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Drive
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Tauranga
— 5 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Picton
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nelson
— 4 nights
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Kaikoura
— 3 nights
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Christchurch
— 5 nights
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Tauranga

The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tauranga: Rotorua (Zipline, Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, &more), Wikitoria Maori Healing (in Ngongotaha) and Taupo (Mind Junction, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, &more). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and admire the sheer force of McLaren Falls Park.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tauranga day trip planning tool.

Auckland to Tauranga is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Tauranga when traveling from Auckland in July, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

5
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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.
Step out of Wellington with an excursion to Southward Car Museum in Paraparaumu--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, explore the striking landscape at Red Rocks Reserve, and get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Wellington road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Tauranga to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

5
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Picton

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 18th (Sun), hike the day away at Queen Charlotte Track. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Marlborough Sounds, take in the waterfront activity at Picton Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, and stop by Seaside Gems.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Picton road trip website.

Traveling by ferry from Wellington to Picton takes 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Nelson.

Things to do in Picton

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

4
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Nelson

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nelson: Abel Tasman National Park (Stilwell Bay, Tonga Island Marine Reserve, &more). There's lots more to do: have fun at Cable Bay Shooting Adventures, don't miss a visit to Broadgreen Historic House, look for gifts at Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith, and get a dose of the wild on Archery Park Nelson.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nelson road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Picton to Nelson takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

3
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Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kaikoura is known for wildlife, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at Indulge Body & Soul, make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony.

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You can drive from Nelson to Kaikoura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

5
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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.
On the 30th (Fri), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate the long history of Ferrymead Heritage Park.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in July, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Transportation · Parks · Tours

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
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.