31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Auckland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Hahei
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Waimangu
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
4
Taupo
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Castlepoint
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Wellington
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  3 h 45 min
8
Punakaiki
— 4 nights
Bus:  5 h 15 min
9
Abel Tasman National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
10
New Plymouth
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: Sydney

5
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre and Tawharanui Regional Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Waiheke Island), Christine The Artist Goldsmith (in Oneroa) and Matakana War Memorial (in Matakana). The adventure continues: walk around Cornwall Park, admire the masterpieces at McCahon House Museum, experience rural life at Sweet Red Strawberries, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arataki Visitor Centre.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Auckland trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Auckland. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hahei.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Arataki Visitor Centre, McCahon House Museum, Muriwai Gannet Colony, Tawharanui Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park

1
night
Hahei

Hahei ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Paku, don't miss a visit to Sailors Grave, then take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach, and finally stroll through Hahei Beach Walk.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hahei itinerary maker site.

Getting from Auckland to Hahei by car takes about 2.5 hours. While traveling from Auckland, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Hahei, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Waimangu.

Things to do in Hahei

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Tairua, Hot Water Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mount Paku ©
Mount Paku
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach

1
night
Waimangu

Waimangu ©
On the 14th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, explore the activities along Lake Rotomahana, then explore the activities along The Bridge at Waiotapu Stream, and finally explore the striking landscape of Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Waimangu journey planner.

Drive from Hahei to Waimangu in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Waimangu can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waimangu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Wai-O-Tapu, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Highlights from your plan
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Lake Rotomahana ©
Lake Rotomahana
Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool ©
Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool

5
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Step off the beaten path and head to Great Lake Taupo and Lake Taupo. Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Okere Falls), Napier (Marine Parade & Wine Tours & Tastings) and Rotorua (Lady Knox Geyser, Horseback Riding Tours, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and head off the coast to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo online vacation builder.

Getting from Waimangu to Taupo by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Rotorua, Napier, River Rafting & Tubing, Lake Taupo, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Great Lake Taupo ©
Great Lake Taupo
Aratiatia Rapids ©
Aratiatia Rapids

3
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mount Ruapehu and Bradley's Garden. Get out of town with these interesting Whakapapa side-trips: National Army Museum (in Waiouru), Tokaanu Thermal Pools (in Tokaanu) and Turangi (River Rafting & Tubing, Tongariro National Trout Centre, &more).

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Whakapapa trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Whakapapa takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Castlepoint.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Turangi, National Army Museum, Mount Ruapehu, Bradley's Garden
Highlights from your plan
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
National Army Museum ©
National Army Museum
Tongariro National Trout Centre ©
Tongariro National Trout Centre

1
night
Castlepoint

Castlepoint ©
Castlepoint is a small beachside town on the Wairarapa coast of the Wellington Region of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Castlepoint Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Castlepoint online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Castlepoint takes 5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Mon) before leaving for Wellington.

Things to do in Castlepoint

Trails Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Castlepoint Lighthouse ©
Castlepoint Lighthouse

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Marlborough Sounds and Mount Kaukau. Step out of Wellington to go to Picton and see Queen Charlotte Track, which is approximately 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, take in the pleasant sights at Hapuka Estuary Walk, and take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Castlepoint to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Punakaiki.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Picton, Hapuka Estuary Walk
Highlights from your plan
Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Mount Kaukau ©
Mount Kaukau

4
nights
Punakaiki

Punakaiki ©
Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Old Ghost Road and Punakaiki Cavern. Explore Punakaiki's surroundings by going to Cape Foulwind Walkway (in Westport) and Murchison (Maruia Falls & River Rafting & Tubing). And it doesn't end there: hike along Truman Track, stroll through Pororari River Track, explore the striking landscape of Paparoa National Park, and explore the striking landscape at Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Punakaiki route planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wellington to Punakaiki. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Punakaiki

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Westport, Murchison, Paparoa National Park
Highlights from your plan
The Old Ghost Road ©
The Old Ghost Road
Truman Track ©
Truman Track
Cape Foulwind Walkway ©
Cape Foulwind Walkway

3
nights
Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park ©
Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Abel Tasman Coast Track and Labyrinth Rocks. Change things up with a short trip to Anatoki Salmon in Takaka (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Kaiteriteri Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Ngarua Caves, explore the activities along Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Abel Tasman National Park online travel route builder.

Traveling by bus from Punakaiki to Abel Tasman National Park takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Takaka, Ngarua Caves, Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), Kaiteriteri Beach
Highlights from your plan
Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Anatoki Salmon ©
Anatoki Salmon
Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs) ©
Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs)

2
nights
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get advice or help at Puke Ariki, then get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Taranaki. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Pukeiti, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Brooklands Zoo, and then go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our New Plymouth online travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to New Plymouth. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Mount Taranaki
Highlights from your plan
Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Mount Taranaki ©
Mount Taranaki

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