28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h 30​min
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  8​h 45​min
5
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Taupo
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Explore hidden gems such as Queenstown Trail and Fallen Soldiers Memorial. Venture out of the city with trips to Wanaka (National Transport and Toy Museum, Speed Boats Tours, & more). There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, browse the exhibits of Queenstown Arts Centre, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and grab your bike and head to Lake Hayes Walkway.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown tour itinerary planner.

London, UK to Queenstown is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from London to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Wanaka, Lake Hayes Walkway
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hollyford Track and Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, and look for gifts at Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Te Anau driving holiday planning tool .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, Hollyford Track
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 16:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary ©
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Explore hidden gems such as Hooker Valley Track and The Church of the Good Shepherd. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mt. Cook Village: Gem Alpaca Stud (in Fairlie) and Off-Road Tours (in Lake Tekapo). There's lots more to do: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, stroll through Mueller Hut Route, and trek along Glencoe Walk.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo, Gem Alpaca Stud
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 19:
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Helicopter Tours and Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting. Go for a jaunt from Fox Glacier to Franz Josef to see Sentinel Rock Walk about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier, take in the pleasant sights at Tatare Tunnels Walk, hike along Minnehaha Walk, and identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier takes 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 22:
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West Coast Wildlife Centre ©
West Coast Wildlife Centre
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Helicopter Tours

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Sun), engage your brain at Te Awamutu Space Centre, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and then Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fox Glacier to Waitomo Caves in 9 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Te Awamutu Space Centre
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 24:
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

3
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Take a break from Whakapapa with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi, about 34 minutes away.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Whakapapa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 27:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

3
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Great Lake Taupo and Government Gardens. Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Waimangu Volcanic Valley (in Waimangu) and Rotorua (Blue Lake Track, Redwoods Treewalk, & more). There's still lots to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach, and see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum.

Find out how to plan Taupo trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rotorua, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 1:
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Blue Lake Track ©
Blue Lake Track
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Manginangina Kauri Walk (in Kerikeri) and Tapeka Point Track (in Russell). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, stop by The Cabbage Tree Shop, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Paihia online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Paihia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Tapeka Point Track
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 4:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Browns Bay Beach, learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland itinerary builder .

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Cheltenham Beach, Browns Bay Beach
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 6:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Cheltenham Beach ©
Cheltenham Beach

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