29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Louisville
Bus + 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 + Bus:  21 h 30 min
End: Louisville

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night
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 photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Auckland online itinerary planner.

Louisville, USA to Auckland is an approximately 21.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and 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 in Auckland, with highs around 64°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Hahei.

Things to do in Auckland

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

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Hahei

Hahei ©
Escape the urban bustle at Hahei Beach Walk and Cathedral Cove Walk.

For maps and other tourist information, you can read our Hahei trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Hahei takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Auckland in November, Hahei is slightly colder at night with lows of 55°F. You will leave for Matamata on the 24th (Sun).

Things to do in Hahei

Outdoors Parks Trails
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk

1
night
Matamata

Matamata
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Matamata itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Hahei to Matamata takes 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Matamata

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

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hours
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.
On the 25th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves road trip app.

Getting from Matamata to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 1.5 hours. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

3
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
Tawhai Falls and Taranaki Falls are good opportunities to explore the local culture.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Whakapapa trip itinerary builder website.

You can 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

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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night
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.
For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Wellington online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. November in Wellington sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 53°F at night. You will leave for Picton on the 29th (Fri).

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 see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Picton travel planner.

Traveling by car from Wellington to Picton takes 3.5 hours. November in Picton sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 53°F at night. You will leave for Nelson on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Picton

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

3
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Nelson

Nelson
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nelson online travel route builder.

Drive from Picton to Nelson in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll set off for Hokitika on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in Nelson

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

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night
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. To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hokitika trip planner.

Getting from Nelson to Hokitika by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll travel to Okarito.

Things to do in Hokitika

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

1
night
Okarito

Okarito
For reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Okarito holiday builder app.

You can drive from Hokitika to Okarito in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Okarito

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

2
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.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Franz Josef online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Okarito to Franz Josef takes 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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night
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 photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Wanaka trip itinerary app.

Getting from Franz Josef to Wanaka by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for the bus ride to Arrowtown.

Things to do in Wanaka

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

few
hours
Arrowtown

Arrowtown
To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Arrowtown trip builder.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Arrowtown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Arrowtown

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

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.
High Country Horses has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): trot along with High Country Horses.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown tour itinerary builder site.

Queenstown is very close to Arrowtown. On the 10th (Tue), you'll travel 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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night
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.
Plan trip to Te Anau with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Milford.

Things to do in Te Anau

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

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night
Milford

Milford
Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Milford trip simple and quick.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Milford. In December in Milford, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 62°F at night. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Milford

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:

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Te Anau

Te Anau
To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Milford to Te Anau. You will leave for Twizel on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in Te Anau

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

2
nights
Twizel

Twizel ©
To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Twizel trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Twizel. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car 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.
To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lake Tekapo trip planning site.

You can drive from Twizel to Lake Tekapo in 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. For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mount Somers online holiday planner.

Getting from Lake Tekapo to Mount Somers by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Mount Somers can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. On the 16th (Mon), you'll travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Mount Somers

Outdoors Trails Parks
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 see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Christchurch day trip site.

Traveling by car from Mount Somers to Christchurch takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 51°F. On the 16th (Mon), you're off to Auckland.

Things to do in Christchurch

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

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hours
Auckland

Auckland
For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Auckland route planner.

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. When traveling from Christchurch in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 64°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 64°F. On the 16th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Auckland

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

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