25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Paihia
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 1 night
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Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
Drive
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, and then stroll through Paihia Harbour. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Parrot Place, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Paihia holiday planning site.

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 6th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Auckland.
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Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip

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 7th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can fly to Tongariro National Park.
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Museums

Tongariro National Park — 2 nights

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 8th (Thu), fly down the slopes at Turoa Ski Area and then admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls. On the next day, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, then make a trip to Mead's Wall, and then explore the activities along Tama Lakes.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the 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, take in nature's colorful creations at Waipahihi Botanical Gardens, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, and don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Taupo trip website.

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 12th (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 much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the world behind art at Rotorua Museum, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Rotorua using our trip planner.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rotorua are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Ruakuri Walk, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves day trip website.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can 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 18th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Southern Encounter.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Waitomo Caves to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow 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 find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) road trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to 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.
Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford Sound and see Bowen Falls, which is approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Te Anau online journey maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.
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Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trip

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 28th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, stroll through Kiwi Birdlife Park, push the limits with an extreme tour, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip app.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to fly 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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