Ultimate New Zealand Itinerary

32 Days


Auckland Central to Auckland Central


  • Beaches and islands
  • Volcanoes and geysers
  • Mountains and glaciers

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On this 32-day ultimate New Zealand itinerary you'll travel all over the North and South Islands. Drive from our largest and most diverse city to the tranquil beaches of the Coromandel. See the earth bubble and steam in Rotorua and Taupo, before heading to Napier to enjoy art deco architecture and wineries. Travel south to explore the world's coolest little capital, Wellington, famous for arts, culture, cuisine and coffee. 

Next you'll cruise across Cook Strait to the South Island. Encounter whales, seals and dolphins in Kaikoura before visiting the South Island's largest city, Christchurch. Cross scenic Arthur's Pass to the wild West Coast, where you can see huge icy glaciers. Then on to picture-perfect Wanaka and adventurous Queenstown.

Majestic Milford Sound is your next stop - an absolute must-see - then venture south to Stewart Island, where Kiwi birds flourish in the wild. Historical Dunedin will charm you with its architecture, then you'll take the mind-blowingly scenic journey to see our tallest mountain, Aoraki Mt Cook.

It's north again with a flight from Christchurch to Auckland. The final leg of your journey takes you up to the top of the North Island, where you can sail in the pristine Bay of Islands and wander among giant kauri trees.


Sail an America's Cup Yacht on Auckland Harbour

Photo by ATEED

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Spend the day in Auckland


Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is situated between two enormous harbours and dotted with 48 extinct volcanic cones. It’s a place to enjoy marine adventures, wine trails, forest walks and urban sophistication.

Head out on a ferry to visit the island volcano of Rangitoto, or Waiheke, also known as the 'Island of Wine'.

Alternatively, you may like to indulge in a little inner-city culture. Enjoy the shops and diverse restaurants of downtown Auckland, and visit the Auckland Museum and Auckland Art Gallery.

Skyline view from Devonport

Auckland Central

This is the heart of Auckland, with a relaxed coastal living vibe by day and a night-time energy shared by the inner-city suburbs that surrounds it.

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