31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  30 h
1
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Lake Moeraki
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Te Anau
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h 15 min
5
Hot Water Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
9
Paihia
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Train + Subway + Train:  32 h
End: Manchester

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Coronet Peak and Queenstown Golf Club. Get some historical perspective at Vesta Design Boutique and Fallen Soldiers Memorial. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, see Off-Road Tours, and have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Queenstown is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Manchester to Queenstown. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

3
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Step out of the city life by going to Gillespies Beach and Fox Glacier South Side Walk. Explore Fox Glacier's surroundings by going to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Hooker Valley Track & Sealy Tarns Track). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, hike along Moraine Walk, view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Hiking Trails.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier journey planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Lake Moeraki.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Franz Josef Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

1
night
Lake Moeraki

Lake Moeraki ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): get outside with Bruce Bay and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monro Beach.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lake Moeraki travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Lake Moeraki in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Lake Moeraki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Bruce Bay
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Monro Beach ©
Monro Beach
Bruce Bay ©
Bruce Bay

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.
Get in touch with nature at Doubtful Sound and Te Anau Golf Club. Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford to see Milford Foreshore Walk about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument, trek along Hollyford Track, and get outside with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau travel route planning site.

Explore your travel options from Lake Moeraki to Te Anau with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Hot Water Beach.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

1
day
Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach ©
Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Moko Artspace and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hot Water Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hot Water Beach travel planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Hot Water Beach. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Moko Artspace ©
Moko Artspace

4
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Take a break from the city and head to Huka Falls Walkway and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Venture out of the city with trips to Rotorua (Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, Volcanic Hills Winery, &more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kinloch Beach, tee off at 9 Hole Golf Course, look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, and make a splash at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Hot Water Beach to Taupo in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rotorua
Highlights from your plan
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline

4
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Escape the urban bustle at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Te Porere Redoubt. There's lots more to do: trek along Horsemtrails, stroll through Tongariro Northern Circuit, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and explore and take pictures at Ohakune Old Coach Road.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park online holiday builder.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

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 18th (Sun): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. On your second day here, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally experience rural life at Roselands Farm Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

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
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.
Visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery for their historical value. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, stop by Mahoe Cheese, and explore and take pictures at Opua Forest Lookout Track.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve, Pompallier Mission and Printery
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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