29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 5 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Bus to Hokitika i-SITE, Fly to Hamilton
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly
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Paihia
— 3 nights
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Te Anau

— 5 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Milford Sound and Routeburn Track. Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Milford sound Hwy). On the 5th (Sun), hike the day away at Kepler Track. The adventure continues: stroll through Gertrude Saddle, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, trek along The Chasm Walk, and get outside with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Te Anau is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Queenstown

— 3 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get in touch with nature at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Zipline. There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, play a few rounds at Queenstown Golf Club, and view the masterpieces at Artbay Gallery.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games · Adventure

Fox Glacier

— 3 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, hike along Minnehaha Walk, hike along Moraine Walk, then trek along Franz Josef Glacier, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Peters Pool Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk and then kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier trip planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Waitomo Caves

— 2 nights
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.
On the 13th (Mon), hike along Ruakuri Walk, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and then get interesting insight from Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours.

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

Getting from Fox Glacier to Waitomo Caves by combination of bus and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Tongariro National Park

— 5 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Visiting Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit will get you outdoors. Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. On the 17th (Fri), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, stroll through Whakapapa Nature Walk, hike along Mounds Walk, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Taupo

— 4 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Huka Falls Walkway and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's still lots to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, play a few rounds at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, grab your bike and head to Great Lake Trail, and take in the natural beauty of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Rotorua

— 3 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and River Rafting & Tubing. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, stroll through Lake Okareka Walkway, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua day trip planning app.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Paihia

— 3 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Phantom Sailing and Opua Forest Lookout Track. Take a break from Paihia with a short trip to Russell Nature Walks in Russell, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tee off at Waitangi Golf Club, and identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia trip planner.

You can fly from Rotorua to Paihia in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
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.