27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Ohakune
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Ferry
5
Picton
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Nelson
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Westport
— 1 night
Drive
9
Franz Josef
— 1 night
Drive
10
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Bus
11
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus
12
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Drive
13
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Fly
14
Auckland
— 1 night
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Rotorua

— 2 nights

Sulphur City

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): test the waters at Polynesian Spa and then take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, witness a stunning natural landmark at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Tamaki Maori Village.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua tour itinerary maker tool.

Toronto, Canada to Rotorua is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Toronto to Rotorua. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Toronto in February; daily highs in Rotorua reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Nightlife
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 2:

Waitomo Caves

— 2 nights
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): Head underground at Caveworld. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves journey maker.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ohakune.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 4:

Ohakune

— 2 nights
Ohakune is a small town in the North Island of New Zealand, situated 215 kilometres north of Wellington and 292 kilometres south of Auckland. Plan trip to Ohakune with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Ohakune in 2.5 hours. You will leave for Wellington on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in Ohakune

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 6:

Wellington

— 1 night

Harbour Capital

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.
Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Wellington trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Ohakune to Wellington in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in March, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 7:

Picton

— 2 nights

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre.

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Traveling by ferry from Wellington to Picton takes 4 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 16°C. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Picton

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:

Kaikoura

— 2 nights
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Seal Swim Kaikoura as well as Peninsula Seal Colony. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get up close to creatures of the deep with Seal Swim Kaikoura and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Peninsula Seal Colony.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kaikoura online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Picton to Kaikoura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Nelson.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 11:

Nelson

— 2 nights

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nelson journey planner.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Nelson in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Westport.

Things to do in Nelson

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wineries
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 13:

Westport

— 1 night
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. On the 14th (Tue), make a trip to Mitchells Gully Gold Mine and then trek along Cape Foulwind Walkway.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Westport route planner.

You can drive from Nelson to Westport in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Westport

Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 14:

Franz Josef

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): go for a walk through Callery Gorge Walk and then explore and take pictures at Tatare Tunnels Walk.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Franz Josef online tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Westport to Franz Josef by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 15:

Wanaka

— 2 nights
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
On the 16th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Roys Peak Track. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Wanaka road trip website.

Explore your travel options from Franz Josef to Wanaka with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 17:

Queenstown

— 2 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Keep things going the next day: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Queenstown travel route builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

Te Anau

— 2 nights
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.
To find out how to plan a trip to Te Anau, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 21:

Dunedin

— 2 nights

Edinburgh of the South

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): trek along Tunnel Beach Track.

Discover how to plan a Dunedin trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Dunedin with the Route module. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:

Auckland

— 1 night

City of Sails

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 24th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre and then make a trip to Matakana Village.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland travel planner.

Getting from Dunedin to Auckland by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In March, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 24:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.