28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  10 h
1
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
3
Wanaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
4
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
5
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
7
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Auckland
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Milford Sound and Kayaking & Canoeing. Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Te Anau and The Chasm Walk. There's still lots to do: stroll through Mirror Lakes Walk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and stop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planning site.

Brisbane, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Arrowtown Village and Ben Lomond Track. Explore hidden gems such as Queenstown Hill and Horseback Riding Tours. There's lots more to do: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, see Off-Road Tours, get your game on at Dark Ride, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

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

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Arrowtown Village
Highlights from your plan
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track

4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Roys Peak Track and Mount Iron Track. Get in touch with nature at Wanaka and Parasailing & Paragliding. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks, take a memorable tour with Tours, do a tasting at Rippon Vineyard, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Wanaka sightseeing planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, thenmake a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and then trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. Keep things going the next day: hike along Ohau Stream Walk, thenputt your heart out at The Emporium, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

Plan a Kaikoura trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Wanaka to Kaikoura takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Rotorua

Rotorua ©
Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Visiting Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Kuirau Park will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseback Riding Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Rotorua trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Kaikoura to Rotorua takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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 16th (Tue), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then experience rural life at Roselands Farm Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): hike along Ruakuri Walk, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, Head underground at Caveworld, snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, and finally Head underground at Piripiri Cave Walk.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip planning tool.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Whangarei Falls and The Parrot Place. Get outdoors at Paihia Harbour and Parasailing & Paragliding. Step out of Paihia to go to Whangarei and see Town Basin, which is approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paihia trip builder website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Whangarei, Kerikeri, Kawakawa Public Toilets by Hundertwasser
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Piha Beach and Orewa Beach. Visiting Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre and Climbing Tours will get you outdoors. When in Auckland, make a side trip to see Arataki Visitor Centre in Piha, approximately Piha away. There's still lots to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Auckland online journey planner.

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February in Auckland, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Piha, Orewa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach

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