30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly + bus:  28​h
1
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Hot Water Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Paihia
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  11​h
6
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Queenstown
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
8
Te Anau
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  31​h
End: Durban

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Marokopa Falls Walk, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, then get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Durban, South Africa to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 10 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

4
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get outdoors at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Rotopounamu Track. There's much more to do: hike along Horsemtrails, get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park road trip app .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

4
nights
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.
Visiting Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Taupo Market and New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, Kinloch Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. September in Rotorua sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hot Water Beach.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Taupo
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

1
night
Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach ©
Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stop by Moko Artspace and then take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Hot Water Beach trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Hot Water Beach takes 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Hot Water Beach can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Moko Artspace ©
Moko Artspace

4
nights
Paihia

Paihia ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Taupo Bay and Paihia Harbour. Step out of Paihia to go to Whangarei Heads and see Ocean Beach, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, go for a walk through Opua Forest Lookout Track, and look for gifts at The Cabbage Tree Shop.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hot Water Beach to Paihia takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Taupo Bay, Omata Estate, Ocean Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Gillespies Beach and Monro Beach. Get outdoors at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery and Mount Fox Route. Step out of Fox Glacier to go to Mt. Cook Village and see Red Tarns Track, which is approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier, take in the pleasant sights at River Walk, explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Paihia to Fox Glacier takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Red Tarns Track, Franz Josef Glacier, Monro Beach
Highlights from your plan
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

4
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Shop till you drop at Amisfield Cellar Door and Queenstown Arts Centre. Visiting The Remarkables Ski Area and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the galleries of Silver Fern Gallery, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, and tee off at Queenstown Golf Club.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Queenstown trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

5
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.
Get outdoors at Doubtful Sound and Te Anau Golf Club. Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound--about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along Lake Marian Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gertrude Saddle, and take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

You can plan Te Anau trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Bowen Falls
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Marian Track ©
Lake Marian Track

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