29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Rotorua
— 4 nights
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Taupo
— 1 night
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Christchurch
— 2 nights
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Dunedin
— 4 nights
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Te Anau
— 2 nights
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Wanaka
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Paihia
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 3 nights
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Rotorua — 4 nights

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.
Get some historical perspective at Government Gardens and Buried Village of Te Wairoa. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Mount Maunganui (Mt Maunganui Main Beach & Mount Maunganui Base Track). And it doesn't end there: stop by Eat Street, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and hike along Blue Lake Track.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip website.

Ottawa, Canada to Rotorua is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. Traveling from Ottawa to Rotorua, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Rotorua is much warmer than Ottawa - with highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.
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Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

Taupo — 1 night

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Taupo road trip planning website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Wellington.
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Find places to stay Jan 17 — 18:

Wellington — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, kick back and relax at Oriental Bay, and then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old St Paul's, and then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Wellington route planner.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Christchurch.
Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:

Christchurch — 2 nights

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 21st (Fri), stroll around Riccarton House & Bush, then examine the collection at Quake City, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, learn about all things military at Air Force Museum of New Zealand, and then walk around Hagley Park.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Wellington in January, Christchurch is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Dunedin.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Transportation
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:

Dunedin — 4 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Otago Peninsula and The Royal Albatross Centre. Escape the urban bustle at Penguin Place and Tunnel Beach Track. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, learn more about the world around you at Otago Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Botanic Garden, and tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Dunedin trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Dunedin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Te Anau.
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Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the activities along Lake Te Anau. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Milford sound Hwy, trek along The Chasm Walk, and then make a trip to Homer Tunnel.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Te Anau trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Dunedin to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Wanaka.
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Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:

Wanaka — 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Wanaka and Blue Pools Track. Step out of the city life by going to Wanaka and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's lots more to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, examine the collection at National Transport and Toy Museum, and hike along Mount Iron Track.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Wanaka day trip app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Wanaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:

Queenstown — 4 nights

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arrowtown Village and Arrowtown Chinese Settlement. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, trek along Ben Lomond Track, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown online driving holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Paihia.
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Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:

Paihia — 2 nights

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.
On the 5th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paihia Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Parrot Place, and then admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paihia tour builder app.

Getting from Queenstown to Paihia by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to fly to Auckland.
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Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:

Auckland — 3 nights

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.
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and Wine Tours & Tastings are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Rangitoto Island and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's more to do: step off the mainland to explore Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre and see the interesting displays at New Zealand Maritime Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Auckland attractions planner.

You can fly from Paihia to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
Tours · Wineries · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 9:

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
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.