25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Iasi
Fly:  39​h
1
Napier
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  5​h 30​min
4
Akaroa
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Bus:  5​h 30​min
6
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
7
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
8
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  40​h
End: Iasi

1
night
Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 2nd (Sat), do a tasting at Mission Estate Winery, then explore the galleries of Birdwoods Gallery, and then take some stellar pictures from Te Mata Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): look for gifts at The Department of Curiosities and Fine Things, then get great views at Bluff Hill Lookout, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally don't miss a visit to Marine Parade.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Napier tour itinerary planner .

Iasi, Romania to Napier is an approximately 39-hour flight. Traveling from Iasi to Napier, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Napier

Tours Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Birdwoods Gallery, Te Mata Peak
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Bluff Hill Lookout ©
Bluff Hill Lookout

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Taupo (Huka Honey Hive, Huka Falls tracks, & more). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, explore and take pictures at Agrodome, explore the activities along Lake Rotokakahi, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Michael's Catholic Church.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Napier to Rotorua in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. March in Rotorua sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

1
night
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, then meet the residents at Brooklands Zoo, then meet the residents at Pukekura Park, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Taranaki Walkway.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read New Plymouth trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Rotorua to New Plymouth in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Akaroa.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Brooklands Zoo ©
Brooklands Zoo

1
night
Akaroa

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
On the 8th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at The Garden at French Farm, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of Tane. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Orion Powerhouse Gallery, then steep yourself in history at The Giant's House, then take in the exciting artwork at Lava gallery, and finally add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Akaroa online travel route builder .

Do a combination of flight and bus from New Plymouth to Akaroa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in March, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Akaroa

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Swim with Dolphins
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Dunedin Botanic Garden and Otago Museum. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Olveston Historic Home, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, and engage your brain at The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Dunedin vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Akaroa to Dunedin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Dunedin

Tours Parks Museums
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Rail Tours
Dunedin Botanic Garden ©
Dunedin Botanic Garden
Walking tours

2
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wanaka and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's lots more to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, have some family-friendly fun at Puzzling World, stroll through Roys Peak Track, and hike along Mount Iron Track.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Wanaka trip itinerary planning site .

Take a bus from Dunedin to Wanaka in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Queenstown Hill and Dark Ride. There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, browse the exhibits of Silver Fern Gallery, cruise along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
River Rafting & Tubing
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Te Anau and The Chasm Walk. On the 20th (Wed), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. On the 23rd (Sat), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, trek along Lake Gunn, and explore the striking landscape of Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau attractions planner .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track

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