29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Paihia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Queenstown
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Whakapapa
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Hamilton
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Newark

2
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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, stroll through Cheltenham Beach, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland travel route planner .

Newark, USA to Auckland is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Newark to Auckland. In January, Auckland is much hotter than Newark - with highs of 66°F and lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, get in on the family fun at Action World, and admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Kerikeri
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Queenstown takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

4
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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, stroll through Lake Gunn, hike along Hollyford Track, and look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound.

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

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

4
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taupo: Rotorua (Zipline, Te Puia, & more). Next up on the itinerary: push the limits with an extreme tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Taupo sightseeing app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Taupo in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Whakapapa

Go for a jaunt from Whakapapa to Turangi to see River Rafting & Tubing about 34 minutes away.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Whakapapa trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Taupo to Whakapapa takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

3
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Kapiti Island, then trek along Ruakuri Walk, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, look for gifts at Alexander Organics, then take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, and finally snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hamilton journey builder tool .

Drive from Whakapapa to Hamilton in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Waitomo Caves, Alexander Organics, Hobbiton Movie Set, Kapiti Island
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens

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