28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  8 h
1
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Wellington
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  8 h 15 min
6
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
7
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
8
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
9
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Sydney

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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stop by The Kauri Workshop, and make a trip to KeriKeri New Zealand.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paihia trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Haruru Falls
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
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 16th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then take a stroll through Devonport. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In December in Auckland, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Maori Rock Carvings, Huka Prawn Park, &more), Waitomo Glowworm Caves (in Waitomo Caves) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Auckland, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Rotorua, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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 Horsemtrails (in Tongariro National Park). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, trek along Taranaki Falls, and take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Whakapapa trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Silica Rapids Track ©
Silica Rapids 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Wellington journey planner.

Getting from Whakapapa to Wellington by car takes about 4.5 hours. In December in Wellington, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fox Glacier: Franz Josef (Sentinel Rock Walk & Franz Josef Glacier). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, and hike along Moraine Walk.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Fox Glacier in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mt. Cook Village: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Hooker Valley Track, Glencoe Walk, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, stroll through Mueller Hut Route, hike along Governors Bush Walk, and fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point 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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford to see Milford Foreshore Walk about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park, hike along Lake Gunn, and stroll through The Chasm Walk.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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.
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, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, and have fun at Break One.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown itinerary maker app.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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