31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 3 nights
2
Tauranga
— 2 nights
3
Matamata
— 1 day
4
Tikitere
— 2 nights
5
Kinloch
— 3 nights
6
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
7
Wellington
— 3 nights
8
Picton
— 1 night
9
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
10
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
11
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
12
Wanaka
— 4 nights
13
Te Anau
— 3 nights

3
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
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.
Elements Surf has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): see Elements Surf, then wander the streets of Parnell, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, then learn about all things military at Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Orewa Beach.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Auckland travel route website.

Toronto, Canada to Auckland is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Toronto to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in April, you will find days in Auckland are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are much warmer (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, Orewa Beach, Elements Surf
Highlights from your plan
Elements Surf ©
Elements Surf
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki ©
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

2
nights
Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): stroll through Pilot Bay, then hike along Mount Maunganui Summit Track, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): hike along Haiku Pathway and then enjoy the sand and surf at Waihi Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tauranga route maker website.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Tauranga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Tauranga, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Matamata.

Things to do in Tauranga

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Haiku Pathway, Waihi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pilot Bay ©
Pilot Bay
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach

1
day
Matamata

Matamata ©
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. You've now added Hobbiton Movie Set to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Matamata vacation maker app.

You can drive from Tauranga to Matamata in an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Matamata can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Tikitere.
Highlights from your plan
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

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nights
Tikitere

Tikitere ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Hamurana Springs Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): examine the collection at Tirau Museum, relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, and then get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tikitere trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Matamata to Tikitere in 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Kinloch.

Things to do in Tikitere

Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hamurana Springs Nature Reserve, Tirau Museum
Highlights from your plan
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Hamurana Springs Nature Reserve ©
Hamurana Springs Nature Reserve
Tirau Museum ©
Tirau Museum

3
nights
Kinloch

Kinloch ©
Explore hidden gems such as Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave and Pureora Forest Park. Step out of the city life by going to Timber Trail NZ and Lake Taupo. Go for a jaunt from Kinloch to Turangi to see River Vineyard about 1 hour away.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kinloch online route planner.

Traveling by car from Tikitere to Kinloch takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Kinloch

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Lake Taupo, Timber Trail NZ, River Vineyard, Pureora Forest Park
Highlights from your plan
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Timber Trail NZ ©
Timber Trail NZ
Lake Taupo ©
Lake Taupo

1
night
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 16th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kinloch to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing

3
nights
Wellington

Wellington
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.
Get in touch with nature at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden and ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Wellington Cable Car. Go for a jaunt from Wellington to Paraparaumu to see Southward Car Museum about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at National War Memorial, kick back and relax at Scorching Bay, learn something new at Weta Workshop, and get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Wellington by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April in Wellington, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Southward Car Museum
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial
Scorching Bay ©
Scorching Bay

1
night
Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Nautilus Estate and then explore the activities along Marlborough Sounds.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Picton trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Wellington to Picton by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. April in Picton sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Picton

Nature · Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

Nautilus Estate
Highlights from your plan
Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Nautilus Estate ©
Nautilus Estate

1
night
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
On the 21st (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, trek along Mirror Lakes Walk, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lake Tekapo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Picton to Lake Tekapo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Lake Wakatipu, Mirror Lakes Walk
Highlights from your plan
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Get in touch with nature at Sealy Tarns Track and Lake Pukaki. Step off the beaten path and head to Hooker Valley Track and Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. Take a break from Mt. Cook Village with a short trip to Totara Peak Gallery in Omarama, about 54 minutes away.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mt. Cook Village trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook Village in an hour. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Pukaki, Totara Peak Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Lake Pukaki ©
Lake Pukaki

2
nights
Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
On your second day here, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, go for a walk through Tatare Tunnels Walk, then identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre, and finally explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Franz Josef route planner.

Getting from Mt. Cook Village to Franz Josef by car takes about 6 hours. On the 26th (Wed), you're off to Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Helicopter Tours

4
nights
Wanaka

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.
Get some cultural insight at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Rippon Vineyard. Get outdoors at Deep Canyon and Arrow River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wanaka: Queenstown (Gibbston Valley Winery, Moke Lake, &more), Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery (in Arrowtown) and Wooing Tree Vineyard (in Cromwell). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at National Transport and Toy Museum and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Wanaka online route maker.

Take a bus from Franz Josef to Wanaka in 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wanaka

Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wooing Tree Vineyard
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Deep Canyon ©
Deep Canyon
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): trek along The Chasm Walk and then explore the activities along Milford Sound. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves and then explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau day trip planning site.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Te Anau in 6.5 hours. On the 3rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

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