25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paihia
— 2 nights
2
Auckland
— 4 nights
3
Taupo
— 1 night
4
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
5
Wellington
— 3 nights
6
Christchurch
— 5 nights
7
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
8
Queenstown
— 3 nights
9
Te Anau
— 3 nights

2
nights
Paihia

The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, thentake a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then don't miss a visit to KeriKeri New Zealand. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, thenstop by Paihia Bookshop, thenfind something for the whole family at Action World, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Paihia trip planning site.

Brisbane, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

KeriKeri New Zealand
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

4
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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and meet the residents at Auckland Zoo.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Auckland are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

1
night
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, thenget interesting insight from Tours, thenadmire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Taupo holiday builder website.

You can fly from Auckland to Taupo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

1
night
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 10th (Sun), stroll through Whakapapa Nature Walk, trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park route builder site.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Whakapapa Nature Walk ©
Whakapapa Nature Walk

3
nights
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.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Wellington trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

5
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Akaroa (Saint Peter's Anglican Church, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train, and get your game on at Velocity Karts.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Christchurch journey website.

You can fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in January, Christchurch is slightly colder at night with lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Museums

Side Trip

Akaroa
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre, thendon't miss a visit to Franz Josef Glacier, and finally hike along Peters Pool Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk and then hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fox Glacier trip planner.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip builder app.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Zipline

3
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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 25th (Mon) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and hike along The Chasm Walk.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bowen Falls
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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