25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Christchurch
Drive
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Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bluff
Unknown
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Stewart Island
— 3 nights
Unknown
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Bluff
— 1 night
Drive
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Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 1 night
Bus
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Wanaka
— 1 night
Drive
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Lake Tekapo
Drive to Picton, Ferry to Wellington
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Wellington
— 1 day
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
12
Matamata
— 1 night
Drive
13
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive
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Auckland
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive
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Auckland
— 1 night

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Christchurch

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Christchurch planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Christchurch International Airport. In February, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 19th (Sun), you'll travel to Dunedin.
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Dunedin — 2 nights

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dunedin travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Dunedin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will leave for Bluff on the 21st (Tue).
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Bluff

Bluff, previously known as Campbelltown, is a town and seaport in the Southland region, on the southern coast of the South Island of New Zealand. To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bluff road trip tool.

Getting from Dunedin to Bluff by car takes about 3 hours. You will leave for Stewart Island on the 21st (Tue).
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Stewart Island — 3 nights

Step off the beaten path and head to Rakiura Museum and Moturau Moana Native Gardens. Get in touch with nature at Rakiura Track and Beaks and Feathers.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Stewart Island road trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bluff to Stewart Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bluff.
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Bluff — 1 night

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Bluff trip itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Stewart Island to Bluff. You will leave for Te Anau on the 25th (Sat).
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Te Anau — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): hike along Gertrude Saddle and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

Use Klarna Trips's suggestions to plan your Te Anau trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bluff to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.
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Queenstown — 1 night

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Park.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Wanaka.
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Wanaka — 1 night

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.
On the 28th (Tue), relax in the rural setting at Wanaka Lavender Farm, then don't miss a visit to That Wanaka Tree, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Lalaland Wanaka.

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Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lake Tekapo.
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Lake Tekapo

Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Tekapo.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo trip itinerary builder app.

Explore your travel options from Wanaka to Lake Tekapo with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Wellington.
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Wellington — 1 day

Harbour Capital

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Wellington trip planning site.

Getting from Lake Tekapo to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 16°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Rotorua.
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Rotorua — 2 nights

Sulphur City

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.
Te Puia and Ohinemutu will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool and Okere Falls Track. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Eat Street and view the masterpieces at New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Wellington in March, you will find days in Rotorua are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Matamata.
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Matamata — 1 night

Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): hike along Wairere Falls Track and then make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set.

Use Klarna Trips's suggestions to plan your Matamata trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Rotorua to Matamata in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.
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Waitomo Caves — 2 nights

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 7th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on Spellbound, then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves online route maker.

Traveling by car from Matamata to Waitomo Caves takes 1.5 hours. You'll set off for Auckland on the 8th (Wed).
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Auckland — 5 nights

City of Sails

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.
For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland attractions planner.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 13th (Mon), you're off to Hamilton.
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Hamilton — 1 night

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stroll around Victoria on the River.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Auckland to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Auckland.
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Auckland — 1 night

City of Sails

Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get impressive views of Mount Eden, and then take a stroll through Parnell.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip planning tool.

Drive from Hamilton to Auckland in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.
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