27 days in New Zealand & London Itinerary

27 days in New Zealand & London Itinerary

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1
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
— 2 nights
2
Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
3
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 2 nights
4
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 5 nights
5
Waiheke Island, New Zealand
— 3 nights
6
Auckland, New Zealand
— Few hours
7
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights

2
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): trek along Glencoe Walk, hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman, thenget outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and finally trek along Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Hapuka Estuary Walk, thensee the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) road trip planner.

London, UK to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) is an approximately 216-hour travel. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 12 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Hapuka Estuary Walk
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

2
nights
Taupo, New Zealand

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 25th (Fri), stop by Souvenir Outlet, get interesting insight from Tours, thenexplore the landscape on two wheels at Great Lake Trail, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, thenjoin the crowd at Formula Challenge Racing, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip planner.

You can fly from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Taupo in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
nights
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, make a trip to Mead's Wall, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and finally explore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Tongariro National Park tour planner.

Drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu ©
Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

5
nights
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Waitomo Caves: Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari (in Pukeatua), Mangakara Nature Walk (in Pirongia) and Nikau Walk & Kaniwhaniwha Caves (in Karamu). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, examine the collection at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip builder app.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Te Kuiti, Otorohanga, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, Mangakara Nature Walk, Nikau Walk & Kaniwhaniwha Caves
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari ©
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

3
nights
Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
Waiheke Island is known for wineries, adventure, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, stop by Rangihoua Estate, trot along with a tour on horseback, and do a tasting at Stonyridge Vineyard.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Waiheke Island trip builder app.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Waitomo Caves to Waiheke Island in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. October in Waiheke Island sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Wineries Tours Museums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Connells Bay Sculpture Park ©
Connells Bay Sculpture Park
Rangihoua Estate ©
Rangihoua Estate

few
hours
Auckland, New Zealand

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.
To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planning app.

You can ride a ferry from Waiheke Island to Auckland in 2 hours. Traveling from Waiheke Island in October, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around °C, while days are little chillier, around °C. On the 6th (Tue), you'll travel to London.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, and get engrossed in the history at The British Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our London vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to London takes 27 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 12 hours traveling from Auckland to London. Traveling from Auckland in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in London, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums
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Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Tower of London ©
Tower of London
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye

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