27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Queenstown
1
Queenstown
— 7 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Wanaka
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h
3
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Hokitika
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Franz Josef
— 9 nights
bus:  11​h 30​min
6
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
End: Queenstown

7
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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, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Garden, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planning app .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Queenstown International Airport. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

2
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Wanaka

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Wanaka War Memorial and then stroll through Roys Peak Track.

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Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Trails
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Matheson Walk, trek along Moraine Walk, and then hike along Hooker Valley Track.

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You can take a bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Hokitika.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hooker Valley Track
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

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nights
Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Hokitika Gorge Walk, view the masterpieces at Wilderness Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Hokitika Museum, contemplate the long history of Shantytown Heritage Park, then sample the tasty concoctions at Monteith's Brewing Company, and finally admire the sheer force of Dorothy Falls.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hokitika travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Fox Glacier to Hokitika in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Greymouth
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Shantytown Heritage Park ©
Shantytown Heritage Park

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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.
Explore Franz Josef's surroundings by going to Okarito (Okarito Lagoon & Okarito Trig Walk and Three Mile Lagoon), Petr Hlavacek Gallery (in Whataroa) and Harihari (Farwest Farm Tours & Harihari Coastal Walkway). There's lots more to do: stroll through Franz Josef Glacier, look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Wildlife Centre, trek along Roberts Point Track, and have fun at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Franz Josef online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Hokitika to Franz Josef in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Okarito, Harihari, Petr Hlavacek Gallery
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Helicopter Tours
West Coast Wildlife Centre ©
West Coast Wildlife Centre

3
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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 11th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, then explore the activities along Milford Sound, and then explore the activities along Lake Gunn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves and then contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Te Anau trip planner .

Getting from Franz Josef to Te Anau by bus takes about 11.5 hours. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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