29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Queenstown
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Te Anau
— 5 nights
bus:  10​h 45​min
4
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  8​h 15​min
5
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
6
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Paihia
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 15​min
9
Franz Josef
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  12​h
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Chalice Sculpture. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, then do a tasting at Pegasus Bay Winery, and finally admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip builder site .

Melbourne, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Christchurch is 2 hours. While traveling from Melbourne, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Christchurch, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

4
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Kiwi Birdlife Park. Get some cultural insight at Peregrine Wines and Silver Fern Gallery. Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Gemston & Fossil Museum Birdlings Flat in Millers Flat--about 2 hours away. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Vesta Design Boutique, push the limits with an extreme tour, and don't miss a visit to St Peter's Anglican Church.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planning app .

You can fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Gemston & Fossil Museum Birdlings Flat
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Zipline
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Milford Sound and Te Anau Golf Club. Museum-lovers will appreciate Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum and Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory. When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, stroll through Kepler Track, hike along The Chasm Walk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Wed) before leaving for Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 19th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier, look for gifts at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, then trek along Minnehaha Walk, and finally trek along Hooker Valley Track. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through River Walk, then trek along Moraine Walk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier travel route website .

Take a bus from Te Anau to Fox Glacier in 11 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Hooker Valley Track
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

1
night
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), wander the streets of Cuba Street, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Wellington visit planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fox Glacier to Wellington takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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.
Get some historical perspective at Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve and Buried Village of Te Wairoa. Volcanic Hills Winery and Government Gardens are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Waitomo Caves (Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Nature & Wildlife Tours) and Taupo (9 Hole Golf Course, Huka Falls Walkway, & more). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Rotorua are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Taupo, Waitomo Caves
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 25:
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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.
On the 26th (Thu), get impressive views of Mount Eden, learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, then enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island, and finally explore the activities along Devonport. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach, contemplate the long history of Stockade Hill, step off the mainland to explore Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, then view the masterpieces at Kiwa Art, and finally don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rotorua in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Auckland. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kiwa Art, Stockade Hill, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 27:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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 some cultural insight at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Town Basin. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Russell Museum (in Russell) and Byrne Northland Wines (in Kerikeri). There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, stop by Paihia Bookshop, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Paihia trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell Museum, Town Basin
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Church of Our Lady of the Alps and Petr Hlavacek Gallery. Get outdoors at Franz Josef Glacier and Spas. Explore Franz Josef's surroundings by going to Okarito (Okarito Lagoon & Okarito Trig Walk and Three Mile Lagoon) and Hokitika Gorge Walk (in Hokitika). There's lots more to do: hike along Roberts Point Track, stroll through Terrace Walk, identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Franz Josef journey planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Paihia to Franz Josef takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Okarito, Hokitika Gorge Walk, Petr Hlavacek Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Roberts Point Track ©
Roberts Point Track
Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk

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