31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand journey maker

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Fly
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Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
Drive
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus
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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
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Taxi to Hamilton Airport, Fly to Whangarei Airport, Taxi to Paihia
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Paihia
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Christchurch

— 1 night

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and then appreciate the history behind Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, then listen to music at The Arts Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and finally stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch trip itinerary maker tool.

Pune, India to Christchurch is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 6.5 hours traveling from Pune to Christchurch due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Christchurch are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Parks · Transportation · Shopping

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): hike along Glencoe Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski The Tasman, then trek along Kea Point Track, and finally get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Minnehaha Walk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) vacation planning site.

Explore your travel options from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound, approximately Milford Sound away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, indulge in some personalized pampering at Fiordland Massage Clinic, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and take in the awesome beauty at Mitre Peak.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau day trip site.

Explore your travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Go for a jaunt from Queenstown to Cardrona to see UnderDog Sled Dog Tours about 52 minutes away. On the 21st (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, stop by The Stitching Post, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown day trip app.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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 24th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, then appreciate the history behind John Plimmer Statue, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the next day, learn about all things military at National War Memorial, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, then admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Wellington are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can fly to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park

— 2 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 26th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Turoa Ski Area. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall, and then get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park holiday builder tool.

Getting from Wellington to Tongariro National Park by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to take a shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Taupo

— 4 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: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, bet on your favorite at Formula Challenge Racing, stop by Huka Honey Hive, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Taupo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, test the waters at a local thermal spa, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip planner.

Drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Rotorua sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): stroll through Ruakuri Walk, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, and then take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves online travel route planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): stop by Paihia Bookshop, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Anglican Church, then steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church, play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Historic Sites · Parks · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trip

Auckland

— 2 nights

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.
On the 9th (Fri), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Paihia to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Wineries · Tours · 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.