29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Picton
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Napier
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Taupo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
8
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  2​h 45​min
11
Auckland
— 3 nights
12
Whangarei
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
13
Paihia
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

2
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): make a splash at Alpine Aqualand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Queenstown road trip tool .

Brisbane, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Alpine Aqualand ©
Alpine Aqualand
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Dunedin

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
On the 9th (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, steep yourself in history at Olveston Historic Home, then look and learn at Otago Museum, then examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Larnach Castle & Gardens.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Dunedin trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Dunedin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 10th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, then see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, and finally pause for some photo ops at Chalice Sculpture. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip builder .

You can drive from Dunedin to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. September in Christchurch sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Museums
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

2
nights
Wellington

Wellington
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.
On the 12th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, meet the residents at Wellington Zoo, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa). Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, then look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

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Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 10°C in Wellington. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

2
nights
Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 14th (Sat), see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre, observe the fascinating underwater world at EcoWorld Aquarium and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Marlborough Sounds. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Queen Charlotte Track.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Picton trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Picton takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September in Picton, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Napier.

Things to do in Picton

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track

2
nights
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Take a break from Napier with a short trip to Te Mata Peak in Hastings, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Aquarium of New Zealand, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, do a tasting at Church Road Winery Cellar Door & Restaurant, and take some stellar pictures from Bluff Hill Lookout.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Napier trip itinerary builder website .

Fly from Picton to Napier in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Hastings, Askerne Vineyards, Elephant Hill Estate Winery, Cape Kidnappers
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
National Aquarium of New Zealand ©
National Aquarium of New Zealand
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, get to know the resident critters at Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, have fun at Huka Prawn Park, then explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Taupo trip planning tool .

Drive from Napier to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Huka Honey Hive ©
Huka Honey Hive
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
Rotorua

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Agrodome and Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Saddle up on the 22nd (Sun) and explore with a tour on horseback. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, explore the galleries of New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and admire all the interesting features of Te Puia.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Rotorua vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Horseback Riding Tours
Agrodome ©
Agrodome
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
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 24th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then explore and take pictures at Roselands Farm Park, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk, Head underground at Caveworld, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then admire the sheer force of Marokopa Falls Walk, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Piripiri Cave Walk.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves driving holiday planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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night
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, make a trip to Clock Tower, explore the galleries of Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, then get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park, and finally get to know the resident critters at Brooklands Zoo.

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

Getting from Waitomo Caves to New Plymouth by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
Brooklands Zoo ©
Brooklands Zoo
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

3
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
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.
Family-friendly places like Sky Tower and SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, steep yourself in history at Ewelme Cottage, contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, and contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read Auckland online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from New Plymouth to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Whangarei.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

1
night
Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): enjoy some diversion at Adventure Forest, trek along Bream Head Coast Walks, and then take in the exciting artwork at Creative Kiwi Arts And Crafts.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Whangarei itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Whangarei takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Whangarei

Trails Fun & Games Outdoors
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Adventure Forest ©
Adventure Forest
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks

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Paihia

Paihia ©
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.
Kids will enjoy Action World and Oneroa Bay. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kororipo Pa Historic Walk.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Paihia trip planner.

You can drive from Whangarei to Paihia in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 4:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Oneroa Bay ©
Oneroa Bay
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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