25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Waiheke Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
2
Te Anau
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
6
Paihia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Auckland

4
nights
Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island ©
Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Waiheke Island: Auckland Central (Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium & Sky Tower). There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Mudbrick Vineyard and explore the world behind art at Connells Bay Sculpture Park.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Waiheke Island trip builder site .

Auckland Central to Waiheke Island is an approximately 2-hour combination of ferry and bus. You can also do a combination of ferry and taxi. When traveling from Auckland Central in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Waiheke Island, with highs around 26°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Wineries Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Auckland
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
Stonyridge Vineyard ©
Stonyridge Vineyard

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.
On the 12th (Mon), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

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

Explore your travel options from Waiheke Island to Te Anau with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Routeburn Track
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Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

4
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, spas, parks, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and do a tasting at Chard Farm Vineyard.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown visit planner.

You can drive from Te Anau to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Golf
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Queenstown Golf Club ©
Queenstown Golf Club

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wellington Cable Car and Katherine Mansfield House & Garden. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, enjoy the sand and surf at Lyall Bay, stroll through Scorching Bay, and ponder the world of politics at Parliament Buildings.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Wellington road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. March in Wellington sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Buried Village of Te Wairoa and Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village. Go for a jaunt from Rotorua to Taupo to see Huka Falls tracks about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 24th (Sat) immersed in therapeutic waters at a local thermal spa. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, get interesting insight from Tours, and don't miss a visit to Te Puia.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rotorua trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Wellington in March, expect nights in Rotorua to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Spas Parks Nature

Side Trip

Huka Falls Walkway
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Thermal Spas
Buried Village of Te Wairoa ©
Buried Village of Te Wairoa

4
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.
Visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station 1822 for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Russell (Paroa Bay Winery, Pompallier Mission and Printery, & more). Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, and play a few rounds at Kauri Cliffs.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip maker website .

Getting from Rotorua to Paihia by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri, Kauri Cliffs
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 31:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery
Christ Church ©
Christ Church

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