29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Havana, Cuba
Fly:  26​h
1
Wellington
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Napier
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Auckland
— 7 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Havana, Cuba

7
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wellington: Poppies Martinborough (in Martinborough) and Picton (Queen Charlotte Track & Marlborough Sounds). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wellington Zoo.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Wellington online trip planner .

Havana, Cuba to Wellington is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Havana to Wellington. Traveling from Havana in February, expect nights in Wellington to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lower Hutt, Picton, Poppies Martinborough, Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Te Anau (Milford Sound, Lake Te Anau, & more). There's lots more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Garden, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown day trip website .

Getting from Wellington to Queenstown by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Napier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Te Anau, Milford Foreshore Walk, Hollyford Track
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

5
nights
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
When in Napier, make a side trip to see Te Mata Peak in Hastings, approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, get great views at Bluff Hill Lookout, find something for the whole family at Splash Planet, and observe the fascinating underwater world at National Aquarium of New Zealand.

Before you visit Napier, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Napier takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Hastings, Cape Kidnappers, Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk, Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, Gannet Colony
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Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Wine Tours & Tastings
Cape Kidnappers ©
Cape Kidnappers

7
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Matakana War Memorial (in Matakana), Orewa Lookout (in Orewa) and Waiheke Island (Waiheke Community Art Gallery & Wine Tours & Tastings). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, get impressive views of Mount Eden, step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island, and look for all kinds of wild species at Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Napier to Auckland takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In February, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Cheltenham Beach, Takapuna Beach Playground, Tawharanui Regional Park, Orewa Lookout
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

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