29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  22​h
1
Wellington
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h 15​min
2
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h
5
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
6
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

2
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.
On the 21st (Sat), identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally shop like a local with Cuba Street. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Wellington trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Wellington is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 10 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: high temperatures in Wellington hover around 22°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

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.
Get in touch with nature at Franz Josef Glacier and Gillespies Beach. Get some cultural insight at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery and River Walk. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, stroll through Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, and hike along Peters Pool Walk.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Fox Glacier takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

2
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, hike along Hooker Valley Track, and then stroll through Kea Point Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): hike along Red Tarns Track, hike along Sealy Tarns Track, and then get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

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.
Visiting Milford Sound and Hollyford Track will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: trek along Kepler Track, stroll through The Chasm Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau trip itinerary planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Kings Theatre Creative. Head to The Cabbage Tree Shop and Masterpieces Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Go for a jaunt from Paihia to Russell to see Pompallier Mission and Printery about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Plan my day in Paihia using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Te Anau to Paihia by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Kings Theatre Creative, Pompallier Mission and Printery
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

3
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Take a break from the city and head to Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Taranaki Falls. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Horsemtrails and Rotopounamu Track. Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi (about 34 minutes away).

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Whakapapa trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Paihia to Whakapapa in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

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.
Popular historic sites such as Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village and Buried Village of Te Wairoa are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tukairangi Gallery and Volcanic Hills Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Waitomo Caves (Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Nature & Wildlife Tours) and Taupo (Kinloch Beach & Huka Falls Walkway). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, make a trip to Amokura Glass, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua day trip app .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Rotorua are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You will leave for Auckland on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Taupo, Waitomo Caves
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline

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.
Get in touch with nature at Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre and Rangitoto Island. Change things up with a short trip to Piha Beach in Piha (about 56 minutes away). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Auckland War Memorial Museum, take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, and enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Auckland day trip planning site .

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rotorua in January, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Piha Beach
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre

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