28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
New Plymouth
— 3 nights
2
Auckland
— 5 nights
3
Whakatane
— 1 night
4
Napier
— 4 nights
5
Greymouth
— 3 nights
6
Hanmer Springs
— 3 nights
7
Invercargill
— 3 nights
8
Dunedin
— 4 nights

3
nights
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Oakura Beach and Back Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Opunake Beach and Oakura Beach Holiday Park. Get out of town with these interesting New Plymouth side-trips: Fenton Street Art Collective (in Stratford), Tawhiti Museum (in Hawera) and Mokau Museum and Gallery (in Mokau). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, see the interesting displays at Te Henui Vicarage, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pukekura Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our New Plymouth vacation builder website.

Wellington to New Plymouth is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Oakura, Fenton Street Art Collective, Opunake Beach, Tawhiti Museum, Mokau Museum and Gallery
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Oakura Beach Holiday Park ©
Oakura Beach Holiday Park
Tawhiti Museum ©
Tawhiti Museum

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Piha Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Do some cultural sightseeing at Auckland Museum and Wine Tours & Tastings. Step out of Auckland to go to Matakana and see Sculptureum, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, and explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Auckland vacation planner.

You can fly from New Plymouth to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Whakatane.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Cheltenham Beach, Wine Tours & Tastings, Sculptureum, Piha Beach
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:
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Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

1
night
Whakatane

Whakatane ©
Whakatāne is a town in the eastern Bay of Plenty Region in the North Island of New Zealand, 90 km east of Tauranga and 89 km north-east of Rotorua, at the mouth of the Whakatāne River. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Experience Comvita, thenstop by Blueberry Corner, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ohope Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, see the interesting displays at Mataatua: The House That Came Home, admire the masterpieces at Whakatane Museum and Arts, thensteep yourself in history at Te Papaka, and finally get great views at Puketapa Lookout.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Whakatane online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Whakatane in 4 hours. Traveling from Auckland in January, expect nights in Whakatane to be a bit cooler, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Napier.

Things to do in Whakatane

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trip

Experience Comvita
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:
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Ohope Beach ©
Ohope Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mataatua: The House That Came Home ©
Mataatua: The House That Came Home

4
nights
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Birdwoods Gallery and Creative Arts Napier. You'll get in some beach time at Waimarama Beach and Waipatiki Beach. Step out of Napier to go to Hastings and see Te Mata Peak, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Elephant Hill, look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Kidnappers, stop by New Zealand Wine Centre, and make a trip to Marine Parade.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Napier online journey planner.

Getting from Whakatane to Napier by car takes about 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hastings, Birdwoods Gallery, Elephant Hill, Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk, Cape Kidnappers
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Waipatiki Beach ©
Waipatiki Beach
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Cape Kidnappers ©
Cape Kidnappers

3
nights
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. For shopping fun, head to Wilderness Gallery or Hokitika Craft Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk and Hokitika Gorge Walk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Greymouth: Hokitika (Hokitika Beach, Bonz 'N Stonz, &more) and Truman Track (in Punakaiki). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park and sample the tasty concoctions at Monteith's Brewing Company.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Greymouth planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Napier to Greymouth. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Greymouth

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Hokitika, Punakaiki
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Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk

3
nights
Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs ©
Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
Do your shopping at Pukeko Junction Regional Wine Centre & Gallery and Majuba Gallery. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Leithfield Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hanmer Springs: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Kaikoura) and Waipara Springs Winery (in Waipara). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hanmer Springs trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Greymouth to Hanmer Springs takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Invercargill.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Leithfield, Kaikoura, Waipara Springs Winery
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:
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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Otautau Gallery and Southern Farmers Market. Appreciate the collections at Southland Museum and Art Gallery and E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian. When in Invercargill, make a side trip to see Howells Point Reserve in Riverton, approximately Riverton away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Oreti Beach, explore the ancient world of Invercargill Brewery, and examine the collection at Bill Richardson Transport World.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Invercargill trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Hanmer Springs to Invercargill takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Invercargill

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Howells Point Reserve, Otautau Gallery
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
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Bill Richardson Transport World ©
Bill Richardson Transport World
Southland Museum and Art Gallery ©
Southland Museum and Art Gallery
E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian ©

4
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.
Visit Larnach Castle & Gardens and Waikouaiti Beach for their historical value. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Milford Galleries. Venture out of the city with trips to Nugget Point/Tokata Walks (in Balclutha) and Kaka Point Beach (in Kaka Point). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, revel in the low prices at Happy Hens, identify plant and animal life at The Royal Albatross Centre, and explore the striking landscape at Otago Peninsula.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Dunedin using our trip planner.

Getting from Invercargill to Dunedin by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Nugget Point/Tokata Walks, Kaka Point Beach, Waikouaiti Beach
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:
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Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens
The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

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