29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  22 h 15 min
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Turangi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Wellington
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  6 h
6
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
7
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h 45 min
8
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
9
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
10
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  29 h
End: Toronto

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Muriwai Gannet Colony and Tawharanui Regional Park. Escape the urban bustle at Orewa Beach and Browns Bay Beach. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Helier's Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Takapuna Beach, and walk around Karekare Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Auckland tour itinerary maker app .

Toronto, Canada to Auckland is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 17 hours. While traveling from Toronto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Auckland Region, Browns Bay Beach, Orewa Beach, Tawharanui Regional Park, Muriwai Gannet Colony
Highlights from your plan
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): trek along Ruakuri Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, then head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 7th (Wed), you'll travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Marakopa Falls ©
Marakopa Falls
Footwhistle Glowworm Cave ©
Footwhistle Glowworm Cave

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Papamoa Beach. Get outdoors at Mount Maunganui Base Track and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, head outdoors with Kerosene Creek, witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, and whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Turangi.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Papamoa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

2
nights
Turangi

Turangi is a small town on the west bank of the Tongariro River, 50 kilometres south-west of Taupo on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand. You've now added Mt Ngauruhoe to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and then walk around Mt Ngauruhoe. Here are some ideas for day two: grab your bike and head to Tongariro River Trail and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Turangi online vacation maker .

Drive from Rotorua to Turangi in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Turangi

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

3
nights
Wellington

Wellington ©
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 off the beaten path and head to Safaris and Peka Peka Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden and Nga Manu Nature Reserve. Explore Wellington's surroundings by going to Paraparaumu Beach (in Paraparaumu), Martinborough (Poppies Martinborough, Haythornthwaite Wines, &more) and Cobblestones Museum (in Greytown).

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Wellington day trip planning website .

You can drive from Turangi to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Martinborough, Waikanae, Paraparaumu Beach, Cobblestones Museum
Highlights from your plan
Paraparaumu Beach ©
Paraparaumu Beach
Safaris
Nga Manu Nature Reserve ©
Nga Manu Nature Reserve

2
nights
Kaikoura

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 16th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then trek along Ohau Stream Walk. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese, get engrossed in the history at Kaikoura Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at The Emporium, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Maori Leap Cave.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Wellington to Kaikoura in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): have fun at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentinel Rock Walk, hike along Peters Pool Walk, then identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre, and finally explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Minnehaha Walk, then take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, and then take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk.

To see ratings and tourist information, use the Fox Glacier tour planner.

Drive from Kaikoura to Fox Glacier in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Highlights from your plan
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
West Coast Wildlife Centre ©
West Coast Wildlife Centre
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

2
nights
Wanaka

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.
On the 20th (Tue), get all the equipment you need at Outside Sports, identify plant and animal life at Roys Bay Recreational Reserve, then head outdoors with Oxbow The Adventure Co., and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, trek along Isthmus Peak Track, and then explore the activities along Lake Wanaka.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Wanaka trip maker tool .

Take a bus from Fox Glacier to Wanaka in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Oxbow The Adventure Co. ©
Oxbow The Adventure Co.
Fishing Charters & Tours
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

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.
Get outdoors at Queenstown Trail and Ben Lomond Track. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Hayes Walkway and Fishing Charters & Tours. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get engrossed in the history at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, learn about winemaking at Amisfield Winery, and kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown online itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Arrowtown
Highlights from your plan
Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway
Queenstown Trail ©
Queenstown Trail
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Milford Sound and Milford sound Hwy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Chasm Walk and Manapouri Lake. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, play a few rounds at Te Anau Golf Club, hike along Lake Marian Track, and stroll through Gertrude Saddle.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau trip maker website .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Manapouri Lake, Milford sound Hwy
Highlights from your plan
Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

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