27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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27 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Queenstown
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
7
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Taupo
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Auckland

1
day
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.
On the 8th (Sun), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then make a trip to Sky Tower.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Auckland visit planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Auckland. In September, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Fun & Games
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Room Escape Games

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 9th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then get outside with Bruce Bay, and then head outdoors with Great Alpine Highway.

Plan trip to Wellington with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Auckland to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Auckland in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Wellington, with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

4
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, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, fly down the slopes at Coronet Peak, take in the awesome beauty at The Remarkables Ski Area, and learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

4
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 17th (Tue), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and hike along Lake Gunn.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau route planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 18:
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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.
Mt. Cook Village is known for childrens museums, wildlife, outdoors, trails, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, hike along Kea Point Track, stroll through Mueller Hut Route, and fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village online trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

3
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Fox Glacier is known for nature, trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier, take in the pleasant sights at River Walk, stroll through Gillespies Beach, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip planner .

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Mount Fox Route ©
Mount Fox Route

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
On the 25th (Wed), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Whakapapa in 15 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

4
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Rotorua (Zipline, Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, have fun at Clay Break Taupo, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

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You can drive from Whakapapa to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

3
nights
Paihia

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.
Step out of Paihia with an excursion to Tapeka Point Track in Russell--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, tee off at Waitangi Golf Club, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Paihia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Tapeka Point Track
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island
Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club

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