28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Louisville
Fly:  9​h
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Hahei
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Matamata
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Waitomo Caves
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
5
National Park Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
7
Picton
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Motueka
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
9
Hokitika
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
Franz Josef
— 3 nights
car:  8​h
11
Wanaka
— 1 night
drive:  2​h
12
Arrowtown
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
13
Queenstown
— 3 nights
drive:  3​h
14
Te Anau
— 1 night
15
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
16
Twizel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
17
Lake Tekapo
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
18
Mount Somers
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
19
Christchurch
— Few hours
Fly:  1​h 30​min
20
Auckland
— Few hours
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Louisville

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night
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 see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary builder tool .

Louisville, USA to Auckland is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. When traveling from Louisville in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Auckland, with highs around 64°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 63°F. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hahei.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 21:

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Hahei

Hahei ©
Waiau Falls Walk has been added to your itinerary.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Hahei journey builder .

You can drive from Auckland to Hahei in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Auckland in November, Hahei is slightly colder at night with lows of 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sun) before leaving for Matamata.

Things to do in Hahei

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Waiau Falls Walk
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:
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Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk

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Matamata

Matamata
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Matamata holiday planner .

Drive from Hahei to Matamata in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in November, and nighttime lows around 55°F. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Matamata

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 25:

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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 Waitomo Glowworm Caves to your itinerary. On the 25th (Mon), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves tour planning tool .

Getting from Matamata to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 1.5 hours. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to National Park Village.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 26:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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National Park Village

National Park Village ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tongariro Alpine Crossing as well as Tawhai Falls. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the National Park Village driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to National Park Village takes 2 hours. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wellington.

Things to do in National Park Village

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Victoria as well as Weta Workshop. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): learn something new at Weta Workshop and then get great views at Mount Victoria.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Wellington trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from National Park Village to Wellington takes 4 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Classes Tours
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 29:
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Weta Workshop ©
Weta Workshop
Mount Victoria ©
Mount Victoria

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Picton

Picton
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Picton day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Wellington to Picton takes 3.5 hours. In November in Picton, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 53°F at night. You'll set off for Motueka on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Picton

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Nov 29 — 30:

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Motueka

Motueka
For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Motueka day trip site .

You can drive from Picton to Motueka in 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Hokitika.

Things to do in Motueka

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 2:

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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 2nd (Mon), stroll through Hokitika Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hokitika trip planner .

Getting from Motueka to Hokitika by car takes about 4.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Hokitika

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Glacier Hot Pools, Okarito Kiwi Tours and Franz Josef Glacier Guides.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Franz Josef trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Hokitika to Franz Josef in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Fri) before leaving for Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Tours Spas

Side Trip

Okarito Kiwi Tours
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Franz Josef Glacier Guides ©
Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Glacier Hot Pools ©
Glacier Hot Pools

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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 see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Wanaka online vacation planner .

Traveling by bus from Franz Josef to Wanaka takes 5.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Arrowtown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:

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Arrowtown

Arrowtown
Hello! This is Arrowtown - the much visited, much loved, 4-season, southern hemisphere holiday destination, located only 15mins drive from the Adventure Capital of the World - Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand. To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Arrowtown driving holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Arrowtown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Arrowtown

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:

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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.
High Country Horses has been added to your itinerary.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown journey builder site .

Queenstown is very close to Arrowtown. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

High Country Horses
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:
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High Country Horses ©
High Country Horses

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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.
Milford Sound has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Milford Sound.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip tool .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

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Te Anau

Te Anau
To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Te Anau trip builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Milford to Te Anau. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Twizel.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

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Twizel

Twizel ©
You've now added Aoraki/Mt. Cook to your itinerary.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Twizel trip builder tool .

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Twizel with the Route module. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sun) before leaving for Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Twizel

Outdoors

Side Trip

Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Tekapo. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lake Tekapo online trip maker .

You can drive from Twizel to Lake Tekapo in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Mount Somers.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo

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Mount Somers

Mount Somers
Mount Somers is a small town in Canterbury, New Zealand, nestled in the foothills of the Southern Alps. To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mount Somers travel planner.

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Mount Somers in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Mount Somers are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for Christchurch.

Things to do in Mount Somers

Trails Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:

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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.
To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Christchurch trip planner .

Getting from Mount Somers to Christchurch by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

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Auckland

Auckland
Plan my trip to Auckland with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Auckland takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Christchurch in December, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 64°F at night. You will leave for home on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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