26 days in New Zealand Itinerary

26 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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26 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Auckland
— 1 night
2
Rotorua
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Nelson
— 2 nights
5
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
6
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Dunedin
— 3 nights
8
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
9
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Auckland

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stroll through Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway, then browse the exhibits of Of Hand & Heart, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Horse Riding Warkworth. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get your game on at Gravity NZ Mt Wellington, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Coast-to-Coast Walkway.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planning site .

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Auckland is 2 hours. When traveling from Sydney in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 22°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Warkworth, Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway
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Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Coast-to-Coast Walkway ©
Coast-to-Coast Walkway

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Volcanic Hills Winery and St. Faith's Anglican Church. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Papamoa Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Hairy Maclary & Friends Tauranga Waterfront Sculpture (in Tauranga), Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui) and Ohope Beach (in Whakatane). Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Michael's Catholic Church.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rotorua trip planner .

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier evenings in Rotorua when traveling from Auckland in April, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Papamoa Beach, River Rafting & Tubing, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): kick back and relax at Scorching Bay, learn about all things military at National War Memorial, then admire the natural beauty at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, and finally look and learn at Space Place at Carter Observatory. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Mary of the Angels.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Wellington trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Rotorua, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Wellington, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scorching Bay ©
Scorching Bay
Safaris

2
nights
Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Nelson Provincial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Queen's Gardens, then make a trip to Suter Gallery Nelson, then look for all kinds of wild species at Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Vortex Wind Karting. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Tahunanui Beach, have some family-friendly fun at Pro Karts, and then meet the residents at Natureland Zoo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nelson trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Nelson takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Tahunanui Beach ©
Tahunanui Beach
Nelson Provincial Museum ©
Nelson Provincial Museum
Brook Waimarama Sanctuary ©
Brook Waimarama Sanctuary

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Kaikoura Museum, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kaikoura Marine Aquarium, then steep yourself in history at Fyffe House, and finally view the masterpieces at Art & Design Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at The Emporium, then Head underground at Maori Leap Cave, and then get in on the family fun at Fyffe View Ranch Adventure Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kaikoura attractions planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Nelson to Kaikoura in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks Theme Parks Museums
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Kaikoura Marine Aquarium ©
Kaikoura Marine Aquarium
Kaikoura Museum ©
Kaikoura Museum
Fyffe View Ranch Adventure Park ©
Fyffe View Ranch Adventure Park

3
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Port Hills and Sumner Beach (Cave Rock). Get a sense of the local culture at Riccarton House & Bush and Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Akaroa (Hinewai Reserve & Saint Peter's Anglican Church). The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, appreciate the history behind Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, and kick back and relax at Corsair Bay.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch vacation planning site .

You can take a bus from Kaikoura to Christchurch in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. April in Christchurch sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Akaroa
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Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Orokonui Ecosanctuary and Shag Point Nature Reserve. Katiki Point Lighthouse and Dunedin Public Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Dunedin with an excursion to Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail in Oamaru--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago, enjoy the sand and surf at St Clair Beach, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Dunedin fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Christchurch to Dunedin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Shag Point Nature Reserve, Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, Katiki Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:
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Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Katiki Point Lighthouse ©
Katiki Point Lighthouse
First Church of Otago ©
First Church of Otago

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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Chasm Walk and Trout Observatory. Step out of the city life by going to Te Anau Bird Sanctuary and Lake 2 Lake Trail. Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory in Milford Sound--about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: trek along Gertrude Saddle, explore the activities along Lake Gunn, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau attractions planner .

Traveling by bus from Dunedin to Te Anau takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Lake Gunn, Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory
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Te Anau Bird Sanctuary ©
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Gertrude Saddle ©
Gertrude Saddle

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Alpine Aqualand and Basecamp Wanaka Climbing Centre with Clip 'n Climb. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chard Farm Winery and Queenstown Arts Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: Wanaka (Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks, Parasailing & Paragliding, & more). There's lots more to do: tee off at Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown, observe the fascinating underwater world at Queenstown Underwater Observatory, have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, and contemplate the waterfront views at Arrow River.

To find out how to plan a trip to Queenstown, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Wanaka, Lake Hayes Walkway
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Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks ©
Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway
Parasailing & Paragliding

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