25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner
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Paihia
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 1 night
Fly
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Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Fly
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Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive
8
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
Drive
9
Te Anau
— 3 nights
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10
Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Paihia — 2 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.
On the 30th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paihia Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, stroll through The Parrot Place, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia trip planning app.

Canberra, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Canberra to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to fly to Auckland.
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Auckland — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, then explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

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Fly from Paihia to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Tongariro National Park.
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Tongariro National Park — 2 nights

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 2nd (Thu), hit the slopes at Turoa Ski Area and then admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls. On the next day, get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall, and then explore the activities along Tama Lakes.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park road trip website.

You can fly from Auckland to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Taupo.
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Taupo — 3 nights

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, explore the activities along Lake Taupo, and try out the rides at Huka Prawn Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo day trip planning app.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rotorua.
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Rotorua — 3 nights

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 Rotorua with an excursion to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and don't miss a visit to Te Puia.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua tour planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then hike along Ruakuri Walk, and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary app.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Christchurch.
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Christchurch — 1 night

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): go from sight to sight with Christchurch Gondola, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally meet the residents at Southern Encounter.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Waitomo Caves to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Christchurch are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) — 3 nights

Get out of town with these interesting Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) side-trips: Fox Glacier (Helicopter Tours & Fox Glacier South Side Walk).

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) travel tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Te Anau.
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Side Trips

Te Anau — 3 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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, about 1 hour away. Spend the 17th (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.
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Queenstown — 4 nights

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 22nd (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiwi Birdlife Park, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

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

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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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.
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