27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  30​h
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h
4
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Taupo
— 4 nights
6
Paihia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: London

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown holiday maker tool .

London, UK to Queenstown is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from London to Queenstown. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along Lake Gunn, pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau route maker app .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier, Moraine Walk, & more) and Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Hooker Valley Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kea Point Track, and get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

3
nights
Whakapapa

When in Whakapapa, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi, approximately 34 minutes away.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa vacation planner.

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Whakapapa in 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

4
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taupo: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Zipline, & more). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, try out the rides at Huka Prawn Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and stop by Huka Honey Hive.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Taupo online vacation planner .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

4
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Pompallier Mission and Printery in Russell (about 42 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Anglican Church.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Paihia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Pompallier Mission and Printery
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the activities along Devonport, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Auckland online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. January in Auckland sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Nature Parks
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

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