26 days in New Zealand Itinerary

26 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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26 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Te Anau
— 2 nights
2
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Hokitika
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Kaiteriteri
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
New Plymouth
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Tauranga
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Hot Water Beach
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
10
Kaitaia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Whangarei Heads
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
Auckland
— Few hours
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Singapore

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): trot along with a tour on horseback and then explore the activities along Doubtful Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip itinerary builder.

Singapore, Singapore to Te Anau is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to Te Anau, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Fishing Charters & Tours
Helicopter Tours

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Royal Albatross Centre. On the 21st (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Larnach Castle & Gardens and then identify plant and animal life at The Royal Albatross Centre. On the next day, kick back and relax at Dunedin Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aramoana Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dunedin holiday planner.

You can drive from Te Anau to Dunedin in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Aramoana Beach ©
Aramoana Beach
Dunedin Beach ©
Dunedin Beach
Otago Peninsula ©
Otago Peninsula

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Port Hills and then examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Dunedin to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

3
nights
Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. On the 26th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Kaniere Scenic Reserve and then kick back and relax at Hokitika Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Hokitika Gorge Scenic Reserve and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hokitika trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Christchurch to Hokitika takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Kaiteriteri.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Garth Wilson Jade, Spas & Wellness
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Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
Lake Kaniere ©
Lake Kaniere

2
nights
Kaiteriteri

Kaiteriteri ©
For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kaiteriteri trip builder.

Drive from Hokitika to Kaiteriteri in 4.5 hours. You will leave for New Plymouth on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Kaiteriteri

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Riwaka Resurgence, Mrs Smiths Cafe & vegetables
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Kaiteriteri Beach ©
Kaiteriteri Beach
Mrs Smiths Cafe & vegetables ©
Mrs Smiths Cafe & vegetables

2
nights
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at The Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Back Beach and then meet the residents at Pukekura Park.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the New Plymouth travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Kaiteriteri to New Plymouth takes 11.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Oakura Beach
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:
Highlights from your plan
Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary ©

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.
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary has been added to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Scorching Bay, and then appreciate the history behind Pukeahu National War Memorial.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington vacation builder.

You can fly from New Plymouth to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tauranga.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Highlights from your plan
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary
Scorching Bay ©
Scorching Bay

2
nights
Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
You've now added Agrodome to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): experience rural life at Agrodome, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, then do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Faith's Anglican Church. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Mount Maunganui Summit Track and then kick back and relax at Pilot Bay.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tauranga trip builder.

Getting from Wellington to Tauranga by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hot Water Beach.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:
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Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Agrodome ©
Agrodome
Volcanic Hills Winery ©
Volcanic Hills Winery

2
nights
Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach ©
Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Matarangi Beach. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Water Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk, and then make a trip to Sailors Grave. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Matarangi Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hot Water Beach holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Hot Water Beach takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sailors Grave, Hahei Beach Walk, Matarangi Beach
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Matarangi Beach ©
Matarangi Beach
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk

3
nights
Kaitaia

Kaitaia ©
Kaitaia is a town in the Far North District of New Zealand, at the base of the Aupouri Peninsula, about 160 km northwest of Whangarei. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): stroll through Rarawa Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tapotupotu Beach, and then examine the collection at Mathew's Vintage Museum. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get into the urban bustle at Te Ahu Center and then kick back and relax at Ninety Mile Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kaitaia trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hot Water Beach to Kaitaia. On the 11th (Thu), you're off toWhangarei Heads.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tapotupotu Beach
Find places to stay May 8 — 11:
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Ninety Mile Beach ©
Ninety Mile Beach
Te Ahu Center ©
Te Ahu Center

1
night
Whangarei Heads

Whangarei Heads ©
Whangarei Heads is a locality and promontory on the northern side of the Whangarei Harbour in Northland, New Zealand. To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Whangarei Heads sightseeing planner.

Getting from Kaitaia to Whangarei Heads by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Whangarei Heads

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach

few
hours
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.
To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Auckland holiday planner.

You can drive from Whangarei Heads to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 12th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Outdoors Parks
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