28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand sightseeing planner

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Christchurch
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
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Wellington
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
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Paihia
— 3 nights
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Auckland
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Christchurch

— 3 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Quake City and Canterbury Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Air Force Museum of New Zealand and Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Akaroa (Lava, Swim with Dolphins, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush, enjoy some diversion at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, make a trip to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, and get into the urban bustle at The Arts Centre.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip itinerary maker website.

Bengaluru, India to Christchurch is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 6.5 hours. Traveling from Bengaluru in September, expect Christchurch to be cooler, temps between 16°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Sep 1 — 5:

Queenstown

— 6 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Silver Fern Gallery and Artbay Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like UnderDog Sled Dog Tours and Beer Tastings & Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Wanaka (Snow Farm NZ & Rippon Vineyard). On the 8th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. On the 6th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. The adventure continues: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, contemplate the long history of Vesta Design Boutique, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see Nomad Safaris.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 11:

Wellington

— 3 nights

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Old St Paul's and Wellington Cable Car will appeal to history buffs. The Great War Exhibition and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at National War Memorial, brush up on your military savvy at Corrections' Heritage Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 4.5 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 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:

Rotorua

— 6 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Faith's Anglican Church and Government Gardens. Let the collections at Amokura Glass and the Zeus Gallery capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Mt Maunganui Main Beach (in Mount Maunganui) and Waitomo Caves (Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and contemplate the long history of Te Puia.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip builder site.

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 20:

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 some cultural insight at Christ Church and Pompallier Mission and Printery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Paihia Harbour and Swim with Dolphins. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, contemplate the long history of KeriKeri New Zealand, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and do a tasting at Byrne Northland Wines.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Paihia trip planner.

You can fly from Rotorua to Paihia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:

Auckland

— 5 nights

City of Sails

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.
Let the collections at Sculptureum and Auckland Museum capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wild on Waiheke and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. When in Auckland, make a side trip to see Oneroa Beach in Waiheke Island, approximately Waiheke Island away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museum of Transport and Technology, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at New Zealand Maritime Museum, and view the masterpieces at Kiwa Art.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Auckland route planner.

Getting from Paihia to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 28:

New Zealand travel guide

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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.