28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand planner
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Fly
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Paihia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Fly to Hokitika, Bus to Fox Glacier
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Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus
8
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to London

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Paihia — 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Waitangi Golf Club. Take a break from Paihia with a short trip to Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve in Whangarei, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paihia Harbour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get great views at Opua Forest Lookout Track.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Paihia road trip planning app.

London, UK to Paihia is an approximately 30-hour flight. Traveling from London to Paihia, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Tongariro National Park.
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Tongariro National Park — 3 nights

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Step out of the city life by going to Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit. There's lots more to do: stroll through Whakapapa Nature Walk, trek along Silica Rapids Track, and take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Tongariro National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) 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.
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, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, make a splash at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, and tee off at 9 Hole Golf Course.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Taupo visit planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car 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.
Visiting Te Puia and Waimangu Volcanic Valley will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and get engrossed in the history at Rotorua Museum.

You can plan Rotorua trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) 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.
On the 16th (Thu), surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours and then hike along Ruakuri Walk. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fox Glacier.
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Fox Glacier — 3 nights

A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Visiting Franz Josef Glacier and Glacier Country Lake Tours will get you outdoors. When in Fox Glacier, make a side trip to see Hooker Valley Track in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), approximately Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) away. There's much more to do: stroll through Gillespies Beach, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Fox Glacier travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Waitomo Caves to Fox Glacier in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.
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Queenstown — 3 nights

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Coronet Peak. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, push the limits with an extreme tour, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu.

Plan trip to Queenstown with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.
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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.
Visiting Milford Sound and Lake Marian Track will get you outdoors. Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, about 1 hour away. On the 27th (Mon), hike the day away at Kepler Track. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the activities along Lake Gunn, and trek along The Chasm Walk.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip maker.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel 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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