26 days in New Zealand Itinerary

26 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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26 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Islamabad
Fly + Drive:  31​h
1
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
4
Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
7
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  32​h
End: Islamabad

4
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 27th (Fri), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. Spend the 28th (Sat) exploring nature at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, hike along The Chasm Walk, and look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau planning site .

Islamabad, Pakistan to Te Anau is an approximately 31-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Islamabad to Te Anau due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Routeburn Track, Lake Gunn
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 28:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track

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: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Garden, stroll through Otago Central Rail Trail, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Otago Central Rail Trail
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 2:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Wellington sightseeing planner .

Fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay May 2 — 3:
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Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

5
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tongariro National Park: Turangi (Tongariro National Trout Centre & River Rafting & Tubing). On the 4th (Fri), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The adventure continues: stroll through Ohakune Old Coach Road, trek along Silica Rapids Track, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park holiday planner .

You can drive from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Turangi
Find places to stay May 3 — 8:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Huka Falls tracks (in Taupo) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). Spend the 11th (Fri) immersed in therapeutic waters at a local thermal spa. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Faith's Anglican Church, and make a trip to Te Puia.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua online vacation planner .

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Spas Nature

Side Trips

Huka Falls Walkway, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay May 8 — 12:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Auckland Central.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Mon), look for gifts at Pauanesia, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

Planning Auckland Central trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Auckland Central takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, then contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally look for gifts at South Sea Art.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Auckland Central to Paihia in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

South Sea Art
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Parasailing & Paragliding

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