27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  10​h
1
Auckland
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Paihia
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3​h
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
6
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Franz Josef
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Perth

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

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Perth, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Perth to Auckland. While traveling from Perth, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Nature
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

3
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Pompallier Mission and Printery in Russell (about 42 minutes away). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get in on the family fun at Action World, and identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Pompallier Mission and Printery
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
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, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, then Head underground at Caveworld, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, & more). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, don't miss a visit to Te Puia, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to 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

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Taupo
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline

3
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Go for a jaunt from Whakapapa to Turangi to see River Rafting & Tubing about 34 minutes away.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Whakapapa takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can 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:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

3
nights
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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn, and get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau tour itinerary builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Whakapapa to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough 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:
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

2
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
On the 28th (Tue), get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, then hike along Hooker Valley Track, and then hike along Kea Point Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Pukaki, explore the activities along Lake Tekapo, and then stroll through Ski The Tasman.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village journey planner .

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough 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:
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman

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 30th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, have some family-friendly fun at Fear Factory Queenstown, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip maker tool .

Getting from Mt. Cook Village to Queenstown by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

3
nights
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.
On the 1st (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier, stroll through Minnehaha Walk, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, then trek along Moraine Walk, and finally identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Franz Josef tour itinerary site .

You can drive from Queenstown to Franz Josef in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
nights
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): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral, then take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally stop by Little River Gallery. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, walk 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 reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip builder tool .

You can drive from Franz Josef to Christchurch in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in February, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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