27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Auckland
— Few hours
Fly:  2​h
2
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Invercargill
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Queenstown
— 2 nights
drive:  4​h
5
Milford Sound
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Te Anau
— Few hours
drive:  3​h
7
Wanaka
— 1 night
drive:  3​h
8
Fox Glacier
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
9
Franz Josef
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
Punakaiki
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
11
Hokitika
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
12
Greymouth
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
13
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
14
Wellington
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
15
Palmerston North
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
16
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
17
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
18
Piha
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
19
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
20
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
21
Matamata
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h
End: Portland

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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.
To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Auckland trip planner .

Portland, USA to Auckland is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 20 hour difference. Traveling from Portland in November, expect nights in Auckland to be much warmer, around 63°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 64°F. On the 15th (Fri), you're off toDunedin.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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 Speight’s Brewery, Olveston Historic Home and Walking tours. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Speight’s Brewery.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dunedin itinerary builder site .

Fly from Auckland to Dunedin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. On the 17th (Sun), you're off toInvercargill.

Things to do in Dunedin

Historic Sites Tours Breweries & Distilleries
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Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens
Walking tours
Speight’s Brewery ©
Speight’s Brewery

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Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. On the 17th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Bill Richardson Transport World.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Invercargill online visit planner .

Drive from Dunedin to Invercargill in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums
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Bill Richardson Transport World ©
Bill Richardson Transport World

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Skyline Queenstown as well as Real Journeys - TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruises. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): get interesting insight from Real Journeys - TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruises and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown planner .

Traveling by car from Moeraki to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Milford Sound.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

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Milford Sound

Milford Sound ©
Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stroll through Milford Foreshore Walk and then take some stellar pictures from Pops View Look Out.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Milford Sound trip planner .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Milford Sound in 6 hours. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Te Anau.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Milford Foreshore Walk
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Pops View Look Out ©
Pops View Look Out

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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.
Make your Te Anau itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Milford Sound to Te Anau. On the 20th (Wed), you'll travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Wanaka vacation builder tool .

Take a bus from Te Anau to Wanaka in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for the bus ride to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Nature
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fox Glacier day trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Tours
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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Franz Josef route site .

Franz Josef is just a stone's throw from Fox Glacier. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Punakaiki.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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Punakaiki

Punakaiki ©
Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Punakaiki route builder .

Traveling by car from Franz Josef to Punakaiki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Punakaiki

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk

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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. On the 22nd (Fri), kick back and relax at Hokitika Beach and then head outdoors with Glow Worm Dell.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hokitika trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Punakaiki to Hokitika in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Greymouth.

Things to do in Hokitika

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Glow Worm Dell ©
Glow Worm Dell
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach

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Greymouth

Greymouth ©
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Greymouth online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Hokitika to Greymouth takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Greymouth

Tours Transportation

Side Trip

TranzAlpine Train
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and then appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch driving holiday planning app .

You'll set off for Palmerston North on the 25th (Mon).

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks
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International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Chalice Sculpture ©
Chalice Sculpture

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Weta Workshop, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Cable Car Museum, and other attractions you added. There's more to do: brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial and identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Wellington trip website .

Fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Christchurch in November since evenings lows in Wellington dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Palmerston North.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Classes Wildlife
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National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

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Palmerston North

Palmerston North
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Palmerston North trip itinerary site .

Drive from Wellington to Palmerston North in 2 hours. While traveling from Wellington, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Palmerston North, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 56°F. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mangawhero Falls. On the 28th (Thu), trek along Taranaki Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Mangawhero Falls, then admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park journey maker app .

You can drive from Palmerston North to Tongariro National Park in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls
Mangawhero Falls ©
Mangawhero Falls

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rotorua trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in November, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Piha.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Tours
Find places to stay Nov 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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Piha

Piha ©
On the 30th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Piha Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Kitekite Falls.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Piha trip maker website .

Getting from Rotorua to Piha by car takes about 3.5 hours. While traveling from Rotorua, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Piha, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 62°F. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Piha

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:
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Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach
Kitekite Falls ©
Kitekite Falls

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Auckland

Auckland ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Piha to Auckland takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 3:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower

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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.
You've now added The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): let the river carry you with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. and then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves online route planner .

Drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Matamata.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Matamata

Matamata ©
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Change things up with a short trip to Auckland War Memorial Museum in Auckland (about 2h 15 min away). There's more to do: make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set.

Discover how to plan a Matamata trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Matamata takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Matamata can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. On the 9th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Matamata

Museums

Side Trips

Auckland Museum, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

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