32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 3 nights
2
Paihia
— 3 nights
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
4
Rotorua
— 4 nights
5
Taupo
— 3 nights
6
Wellington
— 2 nights
7
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
8
Te Anau
— 4 nights
9
Queenstown
— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Mudbrick Vineyard (in Oneroa) and Connells Bay Sculpture Park (in Waiheke Island). There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach, and enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

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Taipei, Taiwan to Auckland is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Taipei Standard Time (CST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. In August, Auckland is much colder than Taipei - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Cheltenham Beach
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

3
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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Waiariki Ngawha Springs.

For other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Paihia online journey planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Te Waiariki Ngawha Springs
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
St Paul's Anglican Church ©
St Paul's Anglican Church

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

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.
On the 26th (Wed), head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Ruakuri Walk, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, thenlet the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, thenrelax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, and finally snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

Start your trip to Waitomo Caves by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

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.
Take a break from Rotorua with a short trip to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, experience rural life at Agrodome, contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rotorua trip planning website.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hobbiton Movie Set
Highlights from your plan
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

3
nights
Taupo

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: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, stop by Huka Honey Hive, take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Taupo road trip tool.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, thentake an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally learn about all things military at National War Memorial.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Wellington trip planner.

Fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Wellington sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo

3
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier South Side Walk, Minnehaha Walk, &more) and Franz Josef (Franz Josef Glacier & Sentinel Rock Walk).

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

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

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Franz Josef
Highlights from your plan
Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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 Te Anau with an excursion to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound--about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mitre Peak, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and explore the activities along Ivan Wilson Park.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau travel itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau in 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Boat Tours & Water Sports, Mitre Peak
Highlights from your plan
Mitre Peak ©
Mitre Peak
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

5
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.
On the 13th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. On the 14th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. There's lots more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown online trip maker.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

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