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Anytime of the year is good to travel around New Zealand. It is advised to plan ahead and book rentals, campervans and accommodation well in advance in the peak seasons (winter & summer).
Our country is not as small as you think. You should plan a minimum of 7 days to see each region of New Zealand. It could take you months to complete the whole country, but well worth the trip!
Here’s the perfect touring route for those who don’t have much time but want to see some of New Zealand’s hot spots!
Allow 14 days to complete this route, or skip a few stops if you don’t have the time.
Start in Auckland – New Zealand’s largest city, a shopping mecca, the best nightlife, tons of tourist attractions and top restaurants!
Rotorua – with geothermal wonders, 18 lakes, Maori culture, boiling mud, plenty to do for all ages.
Gisborne – the chardonnay capital of New Zealand – great food, wine & surfing.
Hawke's Bay – art deco in Napier, vineyards, mild climate, Cape Kidnappers, wining & dining.
Wairarapa - vineyards at Martinborough, Cape Palliser Seal Colony, Castlepoint Lighthouse, Rimutaka Ranges.
Wellington – New Zealand’s capital city. Exciting bars, restaurants, beaches, shopping, tourist attractions and gateway to the South Island.
Blenheim/Marlborough – The Marlborough Sounds walking tracks, vineyards, coastline, unique accommodation.
Nelson / Tasman – New Zealand's sunniest city, Abel Tasman National Park, an excellent range of shopping, eating and cultural experiences with an abundance of parks, rivers, beaches and nature trails to explore.
Glacier country on the West Coast – rainforests, ice caves, Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers, Lake Matheson, untamed beaches.
Wanaka / Lake Hawea – year-round excitement, skiing, excellent restaurants, cafes and a diverse nightlife, unique tourist attractions, gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park.
Central Otago – Otago Rail Trail (cycleway), horse trekking, wine tours, Lord of the Rings scenic tours, scenic flights, Taieri Gorge Railway.
Finish in Queenstown – the centre for adventure tourism, skiing at Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone, Lake Wakatipu, visit Milford Sound.