26 days in New Zealand Itinerary

26 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Te Anau
— 2 nights
2
Dunedin
— 2 nights
3
Christchurch
— 2 nights
4
Hokitika
— 3 nights
5
Kaiteriteri
— 2 nights
6
New Plymouth
— 2 nights
7
Wellington
— 2 nights
8
Tauranga
— 2 nights
9
Hot Water Beach
— 2 nights
10
Kaitaia
— 3 nights
11
Whangarei Heads
— 1 night
12
Auckland
— Few hours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip maker.

Singapore, Singapore to Te Anau is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Te Anau is 4 hours. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
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), step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens and then don't miss a visit to The Royal Albatross Centre. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dunedin Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Aramoana Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Dunedin trip planner.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Dunedin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Aramoana Beach ©
Aramoana Beach
Dunedin Beach ©
Dunedin Beach
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Port Hills and then examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Christchurch takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Lake Kaniere and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Hokitika Gorge Walk.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Hokitika vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Hokitika takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kaiteriteri.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Garth Wilson Jade
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Kaniere ©
Lake Kaniere
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk

2
nights
Kaiteriteri

Kaiteriteri
Kaiteriteri is a town and seaside resort in the Tasman Region of the South Island of New Zealand. For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kaiteriteri online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hokitika to Kaiteriteri takes 4.5 hours. You will leave for New Plymouth on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Kaiteriteri

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Riwaka Resurgence
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:

2
nights
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Back Beach and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pukekura Park.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the New Plymouth trip planner.

You can drive from Kaiteriteri to New Plymouth in 11 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough 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 ©
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, enjoy the sand and surf at Scorching Bay, and then brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Wellington travel itinerary planner.

Fly from New Plymouth to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Tauranga.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay May 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Scorching Bay ©
Scorching Bay
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial

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.
Agrodome has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, then identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, then do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere 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.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tauranga trip planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Tauranga in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hot Water Beach.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Pilot Bay ©
Pilot Bay
Agrodome ©
Agrodome
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park

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.
You've now added Matarangi Beach to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach, then stroll through Hahei Beach Walk, and then make a trip to Sailors Grave. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Matarangi Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hot Water Beach itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Hot Water Beach takes 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Hot Water Beach are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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

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): kick back and relax at Rarawa Beach, stroll through Tapotupotu Beach, and then see the interesting displays at Mathew's Vintage Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get into the urban bustle at Te Ahu Center and then stroll through Ninety Mile Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kaitaia online trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Hot Water Beach to Kaitaia with the Route module. You will leave for Whangarei Heads on the 11th (Thu).

Things to do in Kaitaia

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Tapotupotu Beach
Find places to stay May 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
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 find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Whangarei Heads online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kaitaia to Whangarei Heads takes 3 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

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay May 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
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 more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Whangarei Heads to Auckland takes 3 hours. In May in Auckland, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 12th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay May 12 — 13:

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