30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive
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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
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Whangarei
— 1 night
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Paihia
— 4 nights
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Te Anau

— 4 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.
When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, approximately Milford Sound away. Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park, trek along The Chasm Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake 2 Lake Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau online holiday planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Te Anau is an approximately 35-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 11 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Queenstown

— 4 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, take a memorable tour with Tours, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Queenstown vacation planning website.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Wellington

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at John Plimmer Statue, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, and finally admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington holiday planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Wellington by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Transportation

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park

— 2 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, don't miss a visit to Mead's Wall, and then stroll through Te Porere Redoubt. Keep things going the next day: hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, then admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Taranaki Falls.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip site.

Getting from Wellington to Tongariro National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Taupo

— 3 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, and look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Taupo sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Rotorua

— 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Rotorua to Hinuera to see Hobbiton Movie Set about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, and experience rural life at Agrodome.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Rotorua sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, and then appreciate the history behind Statue of shearer.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves route builder app.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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 24th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, stroll around Hamilton Gardens, and then join the crowd at Rally Drive NZ.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Museums

Auckland

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Auckland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Hamilton in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Auckland, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Whangarei.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Wineries · Tours · Shopping

Whangarei

— 1 night
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Whangarei Quarry Gardens, then stroll through Bream Head Coast Walks, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Manaia Track.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Whangarei travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Whangarei takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Paihia

— 4 nights
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.
Spend the 28th (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, tee off at Waitangi Golf Club, stop by Paihia Bookshop, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia travel planner.

Traveling by car from Whangarei to Paihia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
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.