29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
2
Dunedin
— 2 nights
3
Christchurch
— 2 nights
4
Wellington
— 2 nights
5
Picton
— 2 nights
6
Napier
— 2 nights
7
Taupo
— 2 nights
8
Rotorua
— 3 nights
9
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
10
New Plymouth
— 1 night
11
Auckland
— 3 nights
12
Whangarei
— 1 night
13
Paihia
— 4 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): cool off at Alpine Aqualand. Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

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

Brisbane, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, get curious at Otago Museum, then see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Larnach Castle & Gardens.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Dunedin visit planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Dunedin in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
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), get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then enjoy some diversion at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, then examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and finally appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture. Here are some ideas for day two: go from sight to sight with TranzAlpine Train.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch tour planner.

You can drive from Dunedin to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Transportation · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, then look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Wellington trip planner.

You can fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Christchurch in September since evenings lows in Wellington dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): examine the collection at The National Whale Centre, then meet the residents at EcoWorld Aquarium and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Marlborough Sounds. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Queen Charlotte Track.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Picton online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Wellington to Picton in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Napier.

Things to do in Picton

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track

2
nights
Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Attractions like Te Mata Peak and New Zealand Wine Centre make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at National Aquarium of New Zealand, look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Kidnappers, learn about winemaking at Church Road Winery Cellar Door & Restaurant, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Napier trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Picton to Napier takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Napier

Wineries · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): stop by Huka Honey Hive, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park, then stroll through Huka Falls Walkway, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, then get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Taupo trip planner.

You can drive from Napier to Taupo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park ©
Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park

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.
Kids will enjoy Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Agrodome. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and view the masterpieces at New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Agrodome ©
Agrodome
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): hike along Ruakuri Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, and finally Head underground at Piripiri Cave Walk.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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

1
night
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 26th (Thu), go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, don't miss a visit to Clock Tower, then view the masterpieces at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pukekura Park, and finally get to know the resident critters at Brooklands Zoo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read New Plymouth trip planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to New Plymouth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Brooklands Zoo ©
Brooklands Zoo

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like SkyTower and Mount Eden. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate the long history of Ewelme Cottage, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland online day trip planner.

You can fly from New Plymouth to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Auckland, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Whangarei.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

1
night
Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): kick your exploration up a notch at Adventure Forest, then hike along Bream Head Coast Walks, and then explore the galleries of Creative Kiwi Arts And Crafts.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Whangarei trip itinerary planning app.

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

Things to do in Whangarei

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Adventure Forest ©
Adventure Forest

4
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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.
Family-friendly places like Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Parasailing & Paragliding will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Russell (Nancy Fladgate Track & Oneroa Bay). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines, find something for the whole family at Action World, and look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Paihia holiday planner.

You can drive from Whangarei to Paihia in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Haruru Falls
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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