31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  25 h
1
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
4
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 4 nights
Bus:  6 h 15 min
5
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
6
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
7
Paihia
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Whangarei
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  25 h
End: Toronto

4
nights
Rotorua

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.
Get in touch with nature at Huka Falls Walkway and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Great Lake Trail & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours). And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip maker site .

Toronto, Canada to Rotorua is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 17 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in March: high temperatures in Rotorua hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

4
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Step out of the city life by going to Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Taranaki Falls. Visit Ohakune Old Coach Road and Te Porere Redoubt for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Tongariro National Park side-trips: Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial (in Ohakune) and Ruapehu Homestead (in Rangataua). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, take in the dramatic scenery at Mangawhero Falls, stroll through Ridge Track, and trek along Tongariro Northern Circuit.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park holiday planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ruapehu Homestead, Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Waitomo Caves road trip planning site .

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Escape the urban bustle at Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier South Side Walk. Venture out of the city with trips to Fox Glacier (Helicopter Tours, Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, &more) and Terrace Walk (in Franz Josef).

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) day trip planning tool .

Fly from Waitomo Caves to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

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

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef, Hapuka Estuary Walk
Highlights from your plan
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Hollyford Track, hike along Kepler Track, contemplate the waterfront views at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip maker website .

Getting from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau by bus takes about 6.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Bowen Falls, Hollyford Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

4
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Visit Vesta Design Boutique and One Mile Power House for their historical value. Get outdoors at Kiwi Birdlife Park and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, cruise along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Zipline
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

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.
Get some historical perspective at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and KeriKeri New Zealand. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Paihia Harbour. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Tapeka Point Track) and Kerikeri (Roland's wood & Akeake Historic Reserve Track). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, step off the mainland to explore Urupukapuka Island, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, and get great views at Opua Forest Lookout Track.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Paihia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Paihia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Whangarei.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Manaia Track, trek along Bream Head Coast Walks, and then kick back and relax at Ocean Beach. Keep things going the next day: see the vivid underwater world at Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Whangarei visit website .

Traveling by car from Paihia to Whangarei takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Ocean Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve ©
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach

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