30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand tour planner

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Fly to Auckland International Airport, Drive to Waitomo Caves
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly
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Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wanaka
— 3 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly
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Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paihia
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 1 night
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Waitomo Caves

— 1 night
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 3rd (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then stroll through Ruakuri Walk, and finally surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planner.

Gdansk, Poland to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 31.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 11 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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.
Explore hidden gems such as St. Faith's Anglican Church and Lake Rotorua. And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, make a trip to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, and experience rural life at Agrodome.

Make your Rotorua itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Helicopter Tours and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and cool off at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Taupo day trip planning app.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, then get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial, then meet the residents at Wellington Zoo, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner.

Fly from Taupo to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Wellington are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Dunedin.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of The Royal Albatross Centre and then take in the dramatic natural features at Otago Peninsula. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, then engage your brain at Otago Museum, then don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Speight’s Brewery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Dunedin online vacation planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Dunedin in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Nature

Te Anau

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Te Anau and Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound--about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and look for gifts at Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Te Anau trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Dunedin to Te Anau with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Wanaka

— 3 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Snow Farm NZ and Cardrona Alpine Resort. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Wanaka, hit the slopes at Wanaka, trek along Mount Iron Track, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip itinerary website.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Wanaka with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Coronet Peak and Queenstown Hill. On the 22nd (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. There's still lots to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner.

Take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Christchurch

— 2 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 25th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then stroll around Hagley Park, and finally have fun at Margaret Mahy Family Playground. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral, then examine the collection at Quake City, and finally walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Plan a Christchurch trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Museums · Transportation · Fun & Games

Paihia

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, steep yourself in history at The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Anglican Church, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and then admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia attractions planner.

Fly from Christchurch to Paihia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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 29th (Wed): learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Auckland trip planner.

You can fly from Paihia to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Auckland are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping

New Zealand travel guide

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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.