28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Louisville
Fly:  9 h
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Hahei
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Matamata
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Waitomo Caves
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h
5
National Park Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h
6
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
7
Picton
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Motueka
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
9
Hokitika
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
10
Franz Josef
— 3 nights
car:  8 h
11
Wanaka
— 1 night
drive:  2 h
12
Arrowtown
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
13
Queenstown
— 3 nights
drive:  3 h
14
Te Anau
— 1 night
15
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
16
Twizel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
17
Lake Tekapo
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h
18
Mount Somers
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
19
Christchurch
— Few hours
Fly:  1 h 30 min
20
Auckland
— Few hours
Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Louisville

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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 ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Auckland itinerary planning site.

Louisville, USA to Auckland is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Louisville to Auckland. When traveling from Louisville in November, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 63°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for Hahei.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 21:

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Hahei

Hahei ©
You've now added Waiau Falls Walk to your itinerary.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hahei trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Hahei takes 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hahei when traveling from Auckland in November, with lows around 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sun) before leaving for Matamata.

Things to do in Hahei

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Waiau Falls Walk
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Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk

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Matamata

Matamata
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. To see photos and tourist information, read Matamata trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hahei to Matamata in 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Matamata can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Mon) before leaving for Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Matamata

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 25:

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Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
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.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Matamata to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to National Park Village.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 26:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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National Park Village

National Park Village ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tongariro Alpine Crossing as well as Tawhai Falls. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Before you visit National Park Village, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to National Park Village takes 2 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Thu) before leaving for Wellington.

Things to do in National Park Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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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 Mount Victoria as well as Weta Workshop. On the 28th (Thu), pick up some new knowledge with Weta Workshop and then get great views at Mount Victoria.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by car from National Park Village to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Wellington are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Classes
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Weta Workshop ©
Weta Workshop
Mount Victoria ©
Mount Victoria

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Picton

Picton
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Picton route builder app.

Drive from Wellington to Picton in 3.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Picton can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. You'll set off for Motueka on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Picton

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Nov 29 — 30:

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Motueka

Motueka
Plan my trip to Motueka with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Picton to Motueka by car takes about 2.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Mon) before leaving for Hokitika.

Things to do in Motueka

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 2:

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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 2nd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach.

Make your Hokitika itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Motueka to Hokitika takes 4.5 hours. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Hokitika

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach

3
nights
Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Glacier Hot Pools, Okarito Kiwi Tours and Franz Josef Glacier Guides.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Franz Josef online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Hokitika to Franz Josef takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Tours Spas

Side Trip

Okarito Kiwi Tours
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Franz Josef Glacier Guides ©
Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Glacier Hot Pools ©
Glacier Hot Pools

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Wanaka

Wanaka
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.
For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Wanaka journey planning site.

You can take a bus from Franz Josef to Wanaka in 6 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Arrowtown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:

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Arrowtown

Arrowtown
To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Arrowtown trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Arrowtown in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Arrowtown

Outdoors Parks Wineries
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes High Country Horses.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip maker.

Queenstown is just a stone's throw from Arrowtown. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

High Country Horses
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
High Country Horses ©
High Country Horses

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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.
Milford Sound has been added to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Milford Sound.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip planning app.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

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Te Anau

Te Anau
For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planner.

On the 13th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Twizel.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

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Twizel

Twizel ©
You've now added Aoraki/Mt. Cook to your itinerary.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Twizel trip itinerary builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Twizel. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Twizel

Outdoors

Side Trip

Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Lake Tekapo has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lake Tekapo trip planner.

You can drive from Twizel to Lake Tekapo in an hour. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mount Somers.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo

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Mount Somers

Mount Somers
Mount Somers is a small town in Canterbury, New Zealand, nestled in the foothills of the Southern Alps. To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mount Somers trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Mount Somers in 2 hours. December in Mount Somers sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 51°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for Christchurch.

Things to do in Mount Somers

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:

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Christchurch

Christchurch
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Christchurch trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Mount Somers to Christchurch takes 2 hours. December in Christchurch sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

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Auckland

Auckland
For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland itinerary tool.

Fly from Christchurch to Auckland in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in December, you will find days in Auckland are slightly colder (64°F), and nights are a bit warmer (64°F). You will leave for home on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Outdoors Parks
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