27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Auckland
— Few hours
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Wellington
— Few hours
Fly:  2​h
3
Dunedin
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Queenstown
— 2 nights
drive:  4​h
5
Milford Sound
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Te Anau
— Few hours
drive:  3​h
7
Wanaka
— 1 night
drive:  3​h
8
Fox Glacier
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
9
Franz Josef
— 1 night
10
Punakaiki
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
11
Hokitika
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
12
Greymouth
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
13
Christchurch
— 2 nights
14
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
15
Palmerston North
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
16
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
17
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
18
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
19
Piha
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
20
Auckland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
21
Matamata
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Portland

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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.
To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Auckland trip planner .

Portland, USA to Auckland is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 20 hour difference. Traveling from Portland in November, expect nights in Auckland to be much warmer, around 63°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 64°F. On the 15th (Fri), you're off toWellington.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
Cuba Street has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): wander the streets of Cuba Street.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington online tour itinerary maker .

Fly from Auckland to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Auckland in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 53°F in Wellington. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Wellington

Shopping Neighborhoods
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Cuba Street ©
Cuba Street

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Speight’s Brewery, Olveston Historic Home and Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dunedin journey maker website .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Dunedin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sun) before leaving for Moeraki.

Things to do in Dunedin

Historic Sites Tours Breweries & Distilleries
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Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens
Walking tours
Speight’s Brewery ©
Speight’s Brewery

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Skyline Queenstown as well as Real Journeys - TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruises. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): get interesting insight from Real Journeys - TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruises and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown planner .

Traveling by car from Moeraki to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Milford Sound.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

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Milford Sound

Milford Sound ©
Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stroll through Milford Foreshore Walk and then take some stellar pictures from Pops View Look Out.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Milford Sound trip planner .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Milford Sound in 6 hours. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Te Anau.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Milford Foreshore Walk
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Homer Tunnel ©
Homer Tunnel
Pops View Look Out ©
Pops View Look Out

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Te Anau

Te Anau
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.
Make your Te Anau itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Milford Sound to Te Anau. On the 20th (Wed), you'll travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Wanaka

Wanaka
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Wanaka sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Wanaka takes 6.5 hours. You'll set off for Fox Glacier on the 20th (Wed).

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fox Glacier day trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Nature Tours
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Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
Helicopter Tours

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Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Franz Josef route site .

Franz Josef is just a stone's throw from Fox Glacier. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Punakaiki.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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Punakaiki

Punakaiki ©
Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Punakaiki route builder .

Traveling by car from Franz Josef to Punakaiki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Punakaiki

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk

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Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. On the 22nd (Fri), kick back and relax at Hokitika Beach and then head outdoors with Glow Worm Dell.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hokitika trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Punakaiki to Hokitika in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Greymouth.

Things to do in Hokitika

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Glow Worm Dell ©
Glow Worm Dell
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach

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Greymouth

Greymouth ©
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Greymouth online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Hokitika to Greymouth takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Greymouth

Transportation Tours

Side Trip

TranzAlpine Train
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and then appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch driving holiday planning app .

You'll set off for Palmerston North on the 25th (Mon).

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre
Chalice Sculpture ©
Chalice Sculpture

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Wellington

Wellington ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wellington Botanic Garden, Cable Car Museum and Wellington Cable Car. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then learn about all things military at National War Memorial, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington vacation maker app .

Getting from Christchurch to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Wellington when traveling from Christchurch in November, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Palmerston North.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary
Room Escape Games
Food Tours

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Palmerston North

Palmerston North
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Palmerston North trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Christchurch to Palmerston North in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. While traveling from Christchurch, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Palmerston North, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 56°F. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mangawhero Falls. There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls and don't miss a visit to Mead's Wall.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park journey tool .

You can drive from Palmerston North to Tongariro National Park in 3 hours. On the 29th (Fri), you'll travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls
Mangawhero Falls ©
Mangawhero Falls

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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.
You've now added The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): let the river carry you with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. and then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves online route planner .

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Rotorua

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Waihi.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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Piha

Piha
To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Piha trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Rotorua to Piha in 3.5 hours. While traveling from Rotorua, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Piha, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 62°F. You will leave for Auckland on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Piha

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Auckland

Auckland ©
Explore hidden gems such as Tiritiri Matangi Island and Room Escape Games. When in Auckland, make a side trip to see Muriwai Gannet Colony in Muriwai Beach, approximately 48 minutes away. Explore Auckland further: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and step off the mainland to explore Hauraki Gulf.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland vacation maker website .

You can drive from Piha to Auckland in an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Whitianga.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Muriwai Gannet Colony
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony

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Matamata

Matamata
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. On the 8th (Sun), make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Matamata trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Auckland to Matamata in 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in December: highs in Matamata hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Matamata

Outdoors Tours Parks
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