28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
New Plymouth
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  2​h 45​min
2
Auckland
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Whakatane
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Napier
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Greymouth
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Hanmer Springs
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Invercargill
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Dunedin
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Wellington

3
nights
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Take a break from the city and head to Oakura Beach and Back Beach. Head to Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre and Fenton Street Art Collectivefor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from New Plymouth: Mokau Museum and Gallery (in Mokau), Opunake Beach (in Opunake) and Tawhiti Museum (in Hawera). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Oakura Beach Holiday Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pukekura Park, and examine the collection at Te Henui Vicarage.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the New Plymouth sightseeing planning app .

Wellington to New Plymouth is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Oakura, Tawhiti Museum, Fenton Street Art Collective, Mokau Museum and Gallery, Opunake Beach
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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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.
Let the collections at Auckland War Memorial Museum and Sculptureum capture your imagination. Step out of the city life by going to Piha Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Step out of Auckland with an excursion to Wine Tours & Tastings in Waiheke Island--about 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheltenham Beach, explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Auckland tour itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from New Plymouth to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Whakatane.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Cheltenham Beach, Piha Beach, Sculptureum
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Sculptureum ©
Sculptureum
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki ©
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

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, look for gifts at Blueberry Corner, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ohope Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, examine the collection at Mataatua: The House That Came Home, explore the world behind art at Whakatane Museum and Arts, then steep yourself in history at Te Papaka, and finally get great views at Puketapa Lookout.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Whakatane trip planner .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Whakatane takes 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in January: highs in Whakatane hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Napier.

Things to do in Whakatane

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

Experience Comvita
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Ohope Beach ©
Ohope Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Waipatiki Beach and Waimarama Beach. Get some cultural insight at Birdwoods Gallery and Church Road Winery Cellar Door & Restaurant. Go for a jaunt from Napier to Hastings to see Te Mata Peak about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Elephant Hill, make a trip to Marine Parade, take in the exciting artwork at Creative Arts Napier, and stop by New Zealand Wine Centre.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Napier planner .

You can drive from Whakatane to Napier in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hastings, Birdwoods Gallery, Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk, Cape Kidnappers, Elephant Hill
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Waipatiki Beach ©
Waipatiki Beach
Cape Kidnappers ©
Cape Kidnappers
Elephant Hill ©
Elephant Hill

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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wilderness Gallery and Bonz 'N Stonz. Museum-lovers will get to explore Hokitika Craft Gallery and Hokitika Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Greymouth side-trips: Hokitika (Hokitika Beach, Hokitika Gorge Walk, & more) and Punakaiki (Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk & Truman Track). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Shantytown Heritage Park and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Monteith's Brewing Company.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Greymouth trip itinerary builder tool .

Explore your travel options from Napier to Greymouth with the Route module. 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
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Lake Kaniere ©
Lake Kaniere
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Leithfield Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pukeko Junction Regional Wine Centre & Gallery and Waipara Springs Winery. Change things up with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Kaikoura (about 1h 55 min away). There's more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa and view the masterpieces at Majuba Gallery.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hanmer Springs trip tool .

You can drive from Greymouth to Hanmer Springs in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Invercargill.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Get outdoors at Howells Point Reserve and Oreti Beach. You'll explore and learn at Bill Richardson Transport World and E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian. Go for a jaunt from Invercargill to Otautau to see Otautau Gallery about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Southland Museum and Art Gallery, pick up some local products at Southern Farmers Market, and explore the ancient world of Invercargill Brewery.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Invercargill trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Hanmer Springs to Invercargill in 5.5 hours. Other options are to 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

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Otautau Gallery, Howells Point Reserve
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Bill Richardson Transport World ©
Bill Richardson Transport World
Southland Museum and Art Gallery ©
Southland Museum and Art Gallery

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.
Larnach Castle & Gardens and Waikouaiti Beach are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and Dunedin Public Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Nugget Point/Tokata Walks (in Balclutha) and Kaka Point Beach (in Kaka Point). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at The Royal Albatross Centre, get engrossed in the history at The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery, hike along Tunnel Beach Track, and stroll through St Clair Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Dunedin online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Invercargill to Dunedin in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kaka Point Beach, Nugget Point/Tokata Walks, Waikouaiti Beach
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
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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