27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 1 day
2
Paihia
— 3 nights
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
5
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
6
Te Anau
— 3 nights
7
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
8
Queenstown
— 2 nights
9
Franz Josef
— 3 nights
10
Christchurch
— 3 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take a stroll through Devonport, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Auckland journey planner.

Perth, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Perth to Auckland, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Perth in January: highs in Auckland hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Shopping · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

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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.
When in Paihia, make a side trip to see Pompallier Mission and Printery in Russell, approximately Russell away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Pompallier Mission and Printery, Haruru Falls
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): hike along Ruakuri Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves attractions planning site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, &more). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, steep yourself in history at Te Puia, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and don't miss a visit to Amokura Glass.

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

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Taupo
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

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Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whakapapa: River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi) and Tongariro National Park (Ohakune Old Coach Road & Horsemtrails). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing, trek along Taranaki Falls, go from sight to sight with Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, and take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Whakapapa trip builder tool.

Getting from Rotorua to Whakapapa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

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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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford--about 1h 15 min away. Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, trek along The Chasm Walk, and stroll through Hollyford Track.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Whakapapa to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, then hike along Hooker Valley Track, and then trek along Kea Point Track. On your second day here, explore the activities along Lake Pukaki, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo, and then hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village trip itinerary maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: race across the water with a speed boat tour, then have some family-friendly fun at Fear Factory Queenstown, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

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

Drive from Mt. Cook Village to Queenstown in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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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 1st (Sat): stroll through Minnehaha Walk and then stroll through Franz Josef Glacier. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk, and finally identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Franz Josef trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Franz Josef takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Christchurch.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Fox Glacier
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails ©
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails

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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 4th (Tue): make a trip to Cardboard Cathedral, then get around town with Christchurch Gondola, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally stop by Little River Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and finally let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch road trip planning site.

Drive from Franz Josef to Christchurch in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Little River Gallery, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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