29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly
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Queenstown
— 5 nights
Bus
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 4 nights
Drive
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Westport
— 1 night
Drive
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Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Bus to Christchurch, Fly to Rotorua
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Dunedin
— 2 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Break One and Helicopter Tours. When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk in Glenorchy, approximately Glenorchy away. On the 16th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. The adventure continues: cruise along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, take an exotic tour of Nomad Safaris, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and hike along Queenstown Hill.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown online tour planner.

Debrecen, Hungary to Queenstown is an approximately 38-hour flight. Traveling from Debrecen to Queenstown, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hooker Valley Track and Aoraki/Mt. Cook. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Peters Pool Walk (in Franz Josef) and Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, Helicopter Tours, &more).

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Westport.

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

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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Westport

Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): go for a walk through Tauranga Bay Seal Colony, hike along Cape Foulwind Walkway, then sample the tasty concoctions at West Coast Brewery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Denniston Heritage Trust.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Westport driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Westport. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Westport

Museums · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): stroll through Ohau Stream Walk, then sample the tasty concoctions at The Emporium, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony. Keep things going the next day: trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Kaikoura trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Westport to Kaikoura in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Wildlife

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and contemplate the long history of Government Gardens.

Plan a Rotorua trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Kaikoura to Rotorua by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. June in Rotorua sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Caveworld and Bluff Hill Lookout. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taupo: Waitomo Caves (Roselands Farm Park & Waitomo Glowworm Caves) and Napier (VIVA Gallery & Marine Parade). The adventure continues: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, cool off at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, stop by Huka Honey Hive, and let the kids burn off some steam at Huka Prawn Park.

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Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Dunedin

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): hike along Tunnel Beach Track, then see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and then engage your brain at Otago Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden, make a trip to The World's Steepest Street, then take some stellar pictures from Signal Hill, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dunedin trip planning site.

Fly from Taupo to Dunedin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Spas

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.