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
5
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.
On the 24th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, and then stroll through Paihia Harbour. Keep things going the next day: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Parrot Place, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paihia attractions planning app.

Canberra, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time 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 26th (Thu): learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

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Traveling by flight from Paihia to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to 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 27th (Fri), hit the slopes at Turoa Ski Area and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, then take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Tongariro National Park day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Tongariro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can 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.
Attractions like Huka Falls Walkway and Huka Honey Hive make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the activities along Lake Taupo, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Lava Glass.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Taupo trip maker site.

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 31st (Tue) 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.
Bring the kids along to Zipline and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Step out of Rotorua with an excursion to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, stroll through Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight 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 6th (Mon): go from sight to sight with Christchurch Gondola, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Southern Encounter.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch road trip planner.

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. June in Christchurch sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) 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

Attractions like Fox Glacier South Side Walk and Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) with a short trip to Helicopter Tours in Fox Glacier, about 40 minutes away.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Te Anau.
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, approximately Milford Sound away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Te Anau day trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Spas and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. On the 16th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip app.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) 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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