29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Louisville
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Hahei
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Matamata
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Waitomo Caves
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Picton
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
8
Nelson
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Hokitika
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Okarito
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
11
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
bus:  8​h
12
Wanaka
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
13
Arrowtown
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
14
Queenstown
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
15
Te Anau
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
16
Milford
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
17
Te Anau
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
18
Twizel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
19
Lake Tekapo
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
20
Mount Somers
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
21
Christchurch
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h
22
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 other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planner .

Louisville, USA to Auckland is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Louisville to Auckland is 17 hours. When traveling from Louisville in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Auckland, with highs around 64°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hahei.

Things to do in Auckland

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

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Hahei

Hahei ©
Step out of the city life by going to Hahei Beach Walk and Cathedral Cove Walk.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hahei trip builder website .

Drive from Auckland to Hahei in 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Auckland in November since evenings lows in Hahei dip to 55°F. On the 24th (Sun), you'll travel to Matamata.

Things to do in Hahei

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:
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Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
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. For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Matamata trip maker website .

Getting from Hahei to Matamata by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November in Matamata, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 55°F at night. You'll set off for Waitomo Caves on the 25th (Mon).

Things to do in Matamata

Outdoors Tours Parks
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves visit planner .

Drive from Matamata to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Mon) before leaving for Whakapapa.

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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Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Visiting Taranaki Falls and Tawhai Falls will get you outdoors.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Whakapapa trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:
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Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki 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.
To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Wellington travel planner .

Drive from Whakapapa to Wellington in 4.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Wellington are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. On the 29th (Fri), you'll travel to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 29:

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Picton

Picton
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Picton trip itinerary website .

You can 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. On the 29th (Fri), you'll travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Picton

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

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Nelson

Nelson
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nelson vacation planning website .

You can drive from Picton to Nelson in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 2nd (Mon), you're off toHokitika.

Things to do in Nelson

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. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hokitika using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nelson to Hokitika takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 3rd (Tue), you're off toOkarito.

Things to do in Hokitika

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 3:

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Okarito

Okarito
To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Okarito trip planner .

Getting from Hokitika to Okarito by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Okarito

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:

2
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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.
For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Franz Josef online vacation planner .

You can drive from Okarito to Franz Josef in an hour. On the 6th (Fri), you'll travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:

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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.
To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Franz Josef to Wanaka in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Arrowtown.

Things to do in Wanaka

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

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hours
Arrowtown

Arrowtown
Hello! This is Arrowtown - the much visited, much loved, 4-season, southern hemisphere holiday destination, located only 15mins drive from the Adventure Capital of the World - Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand. To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Arrowtown attractions planner .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Arrowtown in 3.5 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 Tours
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.
High Country Horses has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take a pleasant ride with High Country Horses.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip maker tool .

Queenstown is just a short distance from Arrowtown. You'll set off for Te Anau on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

High Country Horses
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:
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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.
To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Milford.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:

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Milford

Milford
For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Milford trip builder site .

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Milford with the Route module. In December, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Milford

Parks Fun & Games Tours
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:

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Te Anau

Te Anau
To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau trip builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Milford to Te Anau. On the 13th (Fri), you'll travel to Twizel.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:

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Twizel

Twizel ©
For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Twizel holiday planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Twizel. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Twizel

Outdoors

Side Trip

Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:
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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.
To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lake Tekapo driving holiday planner .

Getting from Twizel to Lake Tekapo by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mount Somers.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

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

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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 other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mount Somers sightseeing planner .

Drive from Lake Tekapo to Mount Somers in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in December, and nighttime lows around 51°F. On the 16th (Mon), you're off toChristchurch.

Things to do in Mount Somers

Trails Parks Outdoors
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.
To find out how to plan a trip to Christchurch, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Mount Somers to Christchurch in 1.5 hours. December in Christchurch sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 51°F at night. On the 16th (Mon), you'll 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 where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip app .

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Auckland takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in December, expect nights in Auckland to be a bit warmer, around 64°F, while days are little chillier, around 64°F. You'll set off for home on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Auckland

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

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