29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  31​h
1
Paihia
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
2
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Taupo
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Queenstown
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
7
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
9
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  29​h
End: Brussels

3
nights
Paihia

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paihia: Pompallier Mission and Printery (in Russell) and Whangarei Falls (in Whangarei). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, and admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paihia trip planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Paihia is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 11 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Pompallier Mission and Printery, Whangarei Falls
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. On the next day, admire all the interesting features of Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

3
nights
Whakapapa

Go for a jaunt from Whakapapa to Turangi to see River Rafting & Tubing about 34 minutes away.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Whakapapa attractions planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taupo: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, & more). There's lots more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Taupo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 29:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, then take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, then get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Wellington tour itinerary builder website .

Fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 31:
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

3
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner .

Fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

3
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.
On the 6th (Mon), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, trek along The Chasm Walk, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and stroll through Lake Gunn.

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

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Get out of town with these interesting Mt. Cook Village side-trips: High Country Salmon (in Twizel) and Lake Tekapo (in Lake Tekapo). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hooker Valley Track, and hike along Governors Bush Walk.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village visit planner .

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, High Country Salmon
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, explore the activities along Devonport, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Foxes Island, then get your game on at Sky Screamer Reverse Bungy, then head off the coast to Waiheke Island, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Auckland trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Auckland with the Route module. In April, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Takapuna Beach Playground, Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

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