34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Tauranga
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Rotorua
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Turangi
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Foxton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Wellington
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Picton
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 45​min
9
Moana
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Lake Tekapo
— Few hours
car:  5​h 30​min
11
Te Anau
— 2 nights
car:  2​h
12
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
13
Timaru
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
14
Christchurch
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Auckland

5
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.
To find out how to plan a trip to Auckland, use our trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In March, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Tauranga.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Trails Outdoors

2
nights
Tauranga

Tauranga
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
On the 12th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Tuapiro Point. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Mount Maunganui Base Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Maunganui Summit Track, then walk around Johnson Reserve, and finally trek along Orokawa Scenic Reserve.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tauranga online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Tauranga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Auckland in March, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Tauranga: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 18°C at night. On the 14th (Sat), you're off toMatamata.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tuapiro Point, Orokawa Scenic Reserve

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Redwoods Treewalk and Blue Lake Track. There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery and contemplate the geological forces at Whakaari White Island Volcano.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua tour itinerary builder .

Drive from Matamata to Rotorua in an hour. In March in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Whakaari White Island Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Turangi

Turangi is a small town on the west bank of the Tongariro River, 50 kilometres south-west of Taupo on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): do a tasting at River Vineyard.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Turangi trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Rotorua to Turangi in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Turangi

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Rotopounamu Track
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Rotopounamu Track ©
Rotopounamu Track
Tongariro National Trout Centre ©
Tongariro National Trout Centre

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Mangawhero Falls, appreciate the history behind Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial, get where you need to go with Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, then admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, and finally trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Ruapehu Homestead, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Mangawhero Forest Walk and Rimu Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohakune Old Coach Road.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Whakapapa attractions planner.

Getting from Turangi to Whakapapa by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Foxton.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, Ohakune, Ruapehu Homestead
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles ©
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

1
night
Foxton

Foxton ©
Foxton is a town in the Manawatu-Wanganui region of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): do a tasting at Ohau Wines, then delve into the lush surroundings at Waitarere Forest, and then learn more about the world around you at Oranjehof, Dutch Connection Centre.

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Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Foxton takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in März, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Foxton

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Owlcatraz, Waitarere Forest, Ohau Wines
Highlights from your plan
Owlcatraz ©
Owlcatraz
De Molen, Windmill ©
De Molen, Windmill

3
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.
On the 28th (Sat), take a peaceful walk through Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, then see Fragrifert Parfumeur, the Victorian Perfumery, and finally catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car.

Start your trip to Wellington by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Foxton to Wellington in 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Foxton in März since evenings lows in Wellington dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours

few
hours
Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 31st (Tue), do a tasting at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, learn about winemaking at Framingham Wines, and then see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Picton online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Wellington to Picton in 3.5 hours. März in Picton sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Moana.

Things to do in Picton

Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Renwick
Highlights from your plan
Forrest Wines Cellar Door ©
Forrest Wines Cellar Door
Framingham Wines ©
Framingham Wines

2
nights
Moana

Moana ©
Moana is a small town in the West Coast Region of the South Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Brunner and then explore the activities along Lake Brunner.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Moana trip maker site.

Drive from Picton to Moana in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Moana

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lake Brunner ©
Lake Brunner
Lake Brunner ©
Lake Brunner

few
hours
Lake Tekapo

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 31st (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ball Pass. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Four Peaks High Country Track.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo driving holiday planner .

Getting from Mt. Cook Village to Lake Tekapo by car takes about an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Outdoors Parks Tours

2
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.
You've now added Milford Sound to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll through Gertrude Saddle and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Te Anau road trip planning website.

Traveling by bus from Lake Tekapo to Te Anau takes 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for the bus ride to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Mirror Lakes Walk
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk
Gertrude Saddle ©
Gertrude Saddle

2
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.
You've now added Mount Aspiring National Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): cast your line with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Aspiring National Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip builder app.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Timaru.

Things to do in Queenstown

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Mount Aspiring National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount Aspiring National Park ©
Mount Aspiring National Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Silver Fern Gallery ©
Silver Fern Gallery

1
night
Timaru

Timaru ©
Timaru is a port city in the southern Canterbury region of New Zealand, located 157 kilometres southwest of Christchurch and about 196 kilometres northeast of Dunedin on the eastern Pacific coast of the South Island. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): kick back and relax at Caroline Bay Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Timaru route planner .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Timaru takes 4 hours. On the 10th (Fri), you're off toChristchurch.

Things to do in Timaru

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Caroline Bay Beach ©
Caroline Bay Beach

6
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch online route planner .

Traveling by car from Timaru to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. In April in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. On the 11th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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