29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  21​h
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Kerikeri
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Wellington
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Queenstown
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
8
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  25​h
End: New Delhi

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Auckland War Memorial Museum and Sculptureum. Head to Pauanesia and Of Hand & Heartfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, browse the eclectic array of goods at Otara Market, and kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland tour itinerary planner .

New Delhi, India to Auckland is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 6 hours. When traveling from New Delhi in October, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Sculptureum, Of Hand & Heart, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Sculptureum ©
Sculptureum

3
nights
Kerikeri

Kerikeri ©
Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. Country Corner and Kaan Zamaan will appeal to museum buffs. For shopping fun, head to The Cabbage Tree Shop or Masterpieces Art Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Russell (Oneroa Bay & Just Imagine Gallery) and Taute Gallery (in Taipa). There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, browse the fresh offerings at Bay of Islands Farmers Market, browse the exhibits of Kings Theatre Creative, and steep yourself in history at KeriKeri New Zealand.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read Kerikeri visit planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Auckland to Kerikeri in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Russell, Paihia, Kings Theatre Creative, Taute Gallery
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:
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The Cabbage Tree Shop ©
The Cabbage Tree Shop
Oneroa Bay ©
Oneroa Bay
Bay of Islands Farmers Market ©
Bay of Islands Farmers Market

4
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tukairangi Gallery and Lava Glass. For shopping fun, head to Taupo Market or L'Arte. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Kinloch Beach, Huka Falls Walkway, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, take in the natural beauty of Lady Knox Geyser, explore the striking landscape of Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, and experience the excitement of 3D Trick Art Gallery.

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You can fly from Kerikeri to Rotorua in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Rotorua are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Shopping Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 2:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
L'Arte ©
L'Arte
Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Wellington Museum. Head to Kura Art Gallery and City Gallery Wellingtonfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Wellington side-trips: Southward Car Museum (in Paraparaumu) and Palliser Ridge (in Pirinoa). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and take in the exciting artwork at New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Academy Galleries.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington route maker tool .

You can fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rotorua in November: highs in Wellington hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Pataka Art + Museum, Palliser Ridge, Southward Car Museum, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum

3
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
For shopping fun, head to Little River Gallery or The Arts Centre. Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu) and International Antarctic Centre will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: Leithfield Beach (in Leithfield) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa). There's much more to do: stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, have some family-friendly fun at Velocity Karts, and take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Christchurch travel route planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Wellington in November since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Shopping Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Leithfield Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Little River Gallery
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 9:
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Little River Gallery ©
Little River Gallery
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Gillespies Beach and Monro Beach. The adventure continues: look for gifts at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, hike along Mount Fox Route, take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fox Glacier trip planner .

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Monro Beach, Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Monro Beach ©
Monro Beach
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery ©
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery

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.
For shopping fun, head to Amisfield Cellar Door or Artbay Gallery. Silver Fern Gallery and Ivan Clarke Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, browse the eclectic array of goods at Remarkables Market, and view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Shopping Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 16:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Silver Fern Gallery ©
Silver Fern Gallery
Ivan Clarke Gallery ©
Ivan Clarke Gallery

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.
On the 19th (Tue), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, examine the collection at Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum, and look for gifts at Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau road trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum ©
Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

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