27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Train + 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
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Paihia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown travel route planning website.

London, UK to Queenstown is an approximately 30- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from London to Queenstown, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument, stroll through Kepler Track, and hike along Lake Gunn.

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

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 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 Outdoors Trails

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mt. Cook Village: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Hooker Valley Track, Glencoe Walk, &more), Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk & Gillespies Beach) and Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef). It doesn't end there: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

3
nights
Whakapapa

The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
Explore Whakapapa's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi) and Tongariro National Park (Ohakune Old Coach Road & Horsemtrails). The adventure continues: stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing, explore and take pictures at Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, and explore the activities along Tama Lakes.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Whakapapa trip itinerary app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Whakapapa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Zipline, &more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Taupo takes 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
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline

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.
Go for a jaunt from Paihia to Russell to see Pompallier Mission and Printery about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, look for gifts at The Cabbage Tree Shop, and don't miss a visit to KeriKeri New Zealand.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip site.

You can fly from Taupo to Paihia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Haruru Falls, 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): wander the streets of Devonport, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip planning site.

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Neighborhoods Nature
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

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