31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand attractions planner

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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
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Wanaka
— 2 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 1 night
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Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
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Taupo
— 4 nights
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 1 night
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Paihia
— 1 night
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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.
On the 5th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, push the limits with an extreme tour, and get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

Plan a Queenstown trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Chandigarh, India to Queenstown is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 6.5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound, about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mitre Peak, and trek along Mirror Lakes Walk.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Te Anau sightseeing planning app.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Wanaka

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Wanaka, do a tasting at Rippon Vineyard, then ski along the peaceful trails at Snow Farm NZ, and finally pause for some photo ops at Wanaka War Memorial. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Wanaka trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Wanaka takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 3 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) side-trips: Spas (in Franz Josef) and Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Lake Matheson Walk, &more).

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip maker.

Getting from Wanaka to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) by bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wellington.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Wellington

— 1 night

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 16th (Fri): take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, then ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Wellington in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Wellington are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Transportation · Historic Sites

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 17th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu. On your second day here, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls.

Make your Tongariro National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive 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: get interesting insight from Tours, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and cool off at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Taupo online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Dog and Sheep Shaped Corrugated Metal Buildings (in Tirau) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua sightseeing website.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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.
On the 27th (Tue), hike along Ruakuri Walk, Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): Head underground at Caveworld, explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, take a memorable tour with Tours, then relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of shearer.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the waterfront activity at Viaduct Harbour, see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Parks · Shopping

Paihia

— 1 night
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 30th (Fri): look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paihia travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Adventure

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.