29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Reykjavik
Fly + Bus:  32​h
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Wanaka
— 3 nights
Bus:  4​h 45​min
4
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Paihia
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3​h
7
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Turangi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Rotorua
— 5 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Reykjavik

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Milford Sound and Lake Te Anau. Step off the beaten path and head to The Chasm Walk and Kepler Track. Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Kayaking & Canoeing in Manapouri, about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, stop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument, and hike along Lake Gunn.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip itinerary maker app .

Reykjavik, Iceland to Te Anau is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 12 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lake Gunn, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Arrowtown Village and Ben Lomond Track. Explore hidden gems such as Queenstown Hill and Fear Factory Queenstown. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the galleries of Queenstown Arts Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

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

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Arrowtown Village
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Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Roys Peak Track and Wanaka. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mount Iron Track and Blue Pools Track. There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Wanaka day trip planning site .

Getting from Queenstown to Wanaka by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Wanaka ©
Wanaka

3
nights
Fox Glacier

A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hooker Valley Track and Helicopter Tours. Get outdoors at Lake Matheson Walk and Franz Josef Glacier. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier, trek along Moraine Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip builder .

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Hooker Valley Track, Franz Josef Glacier
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Helicopter Tours
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Olveston Historic Home, then get curious at Otago Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Penguin Place. On the next day, hike along Tunnel Beach Track, tour in style with a train tour, then identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, and finally don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Dunedin travel site .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Dunedin in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, trek along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip maker website .

Getting from Dunedin to Paihia by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Kerikeri
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
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 3rd (Fri), trek along Ruakuri Walk, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and finally relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, then head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and finally Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Turangi.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

2
nights
Turangi

Turangi ©
Turangi is a small town on the west bank of the Tongariro River, 50 kilometres south-west of Taupo on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Tongariro Crossing Shuttles and then stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the next day, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Turangi sightseeing website .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Turangi takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Turangi

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Huka Falls Walkway and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Redwoods Treewalk and Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to the Zeus Gallery (in Tauranga), Souvenir Outlet (in Taupo) and Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui). Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Ohope Beach, trot along with a tour on horseback, and look for all kinds of wild species at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rotorua trip planning website .

Getting from Turangi to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Rotorua are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Okere Falls, Taupo, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Ohope Beach
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Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
River Rafting & Tubing
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach

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