24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 1 night
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
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Whakapapa
— 3 nights
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Taupo
— 4 nights
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Wellington
— 1 night
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Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
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Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 4 nights

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Auckland

Auckland ©

City of Sails

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.
On the 5th (Sun), brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planner.

Perth, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Perth in July, expect nights in Auckland to be a bit warmer, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

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Must see
SkyTower
4.4
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Military Museum
Auckland Museum
4.6
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Room Escape Game
Room Escape Games
4.8

1
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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 6th (Mon): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, hike along Ruakuri Walk, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves online road trip planner.

Getting from Auckland to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 6:
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.6
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Hiking Trail
Ruakuri Walk
4.8

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Whakapapa: Tongariro National Park (Te Porere Redoubt & Horsemtrails). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and stroll through Rotopounamu Track.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Whakapapa route planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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Hiking Trail
Horsemtrails
5.0

4
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Taupo

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Rotorua (Te Puia, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, stroll through Great Lake Trail, walk around Huka Prawn Park, and look for gifts at Tukairangi Gallery.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Taupo trip maker.

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

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Must see
Zipline
4.7
Waterfall
Huka Falls Walkway
4.7

1
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Wellington

Wellington

Harbour Capital

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Wellington road trip site.

You can fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Wellington are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Go for a jaunt from Fox Glacier to Franz Josef to see Franz Josef Glacier about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: have fun at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting, stroll through Minnehaha Walk, and trek along Moraine Walk.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Fox Glacier in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:
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Hiking Trail
Mount Fox Route
4.7
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World heritage site
Franz Josef Glacier
4.5
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World heritage site
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
3.6

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Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
On the 18th (Sat), trek along Kea Point Track, trek along Sealy Tarns Track, then get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and finally hike along Glencoe Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski The Tasman and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mueller Hut Route.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Mt. Cook Village vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:
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Outdoor Activity
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
4.9
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Hiking Trail
Sealy Tarns Track
4.9
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Ski Area
Ski The Tasman
5.0

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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.
Te Anau is known for nature, trails, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, and look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Te Anau road trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:
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Water Body
Milford Sound
4.8
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Water Body
Doubtful Sound
4.7
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Hiking Trail
Lake Marian Track
4.9

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take in the awesome beauty at Coronet Peak.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown driving holiday planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 26:
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Spa
Spas
4.5
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Mountain
Coronet Peak
4.3

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