25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Cluj-Napoca
Fly:  33​h
1
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Auckland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Napier
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  36​h
End: Cluj-Napoca

3
nights
Paihia

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Rainbow Falls, Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, Christ Church, and other attractions. Go for a jaunt from Paihia to Whangarei to see Bream Head Coast Walks about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Paihia trip planning app .

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Paihia is an approximately 33-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 10 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Russell, Whangarei, Ocean Beach, Rainbow Falls
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

3
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.
You've added One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie), Rangitoto Island, Viaduct Harbour, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower, get impressive views of Mount Eden, contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, and examine the collection at Auckland War Memorial Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Auckland journey tool .

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Auckland are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

3
nights
Rotorua

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Lake Rotorua, Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, and other attractions. Change things up with a short trip to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, trek along Lake Okareka Walkway, identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip planner .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rotorua, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest ©
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest

3
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Aratiatia Rapids, and other attractions you added. On the 13th (Wed), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Huka Falls Walkway, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, and take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Taupo day trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Rotorua to Taupo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Napier.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Tongariro Alpine Crossing
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Maori Rock Carvings ©
Maori Rock Carvings

1
night
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Marine Parade, Art Deco Trust and Te Mata Peak. On the 15th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Te Mata Peak, then don't miss a visit to Marine Parade, and then take in the local landmarks with Art Deco Trust.

For ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Napier holiday maker website .

Drive from Taupo to Napier in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Napier

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trip

Te Mata Peak
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Art Deco Trust ©
Art Deco Trust
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Marine Parade ©
Marine Parade

2
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.
You've added Wellington Cable Car, New Zealand Parliament, Mount Victoria, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 16th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and then ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Victoria, and then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Wellington trip planner.

You can fly from Napier to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Wildlife Parks
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dunedin Botanic Garden as well as The World's Steepest Street. On the 18th (Mon), don't miss a visit to The Royal Albatross Centre, then explore the striking landscape at Otago Peninsula, and then admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, then engage your brain at Otago Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Larnach Castle & Gardens, and finally don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street.

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Getting from Wellington to Dunedin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Otago Peninsula ©
Otago Peninsula
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ben Lomond Track, Queenstown Garden and Lake Wakatipu. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ben Lomond Track, then take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Garden, and then explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronet Peak and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu

2
nights
Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Lake Mapourika has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, then look for all kinds of wild species at Fox Glacier, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mapourika. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, stroll through Hooker Valley Track, and then explore the activities along Lake Matheson Walk.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Franz Josef trip site .

Getting from Queenstown to Franz Josef by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 24th (Sun).

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Hooker Valley Track
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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