32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Brussels
Fly + Taxi:  31 h
1
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
3
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
6
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
7
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
8
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
9
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
10
Queenstown
— 5 nights
Fly:  31 h
End: Brussels

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tapeka Point Track (in Russell) and Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paihia travel itinerary planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Paihia is an approximately 30- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Brussels to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tapeka Point Track, Haruru Falls, Bream Head Coast Walks
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Stockade Hill, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, then step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island, and finally kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Stockade Hill, Cheltenham Beach
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Lady Knox Geyser, &more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Huka Falls Walkway, stop by Huka Honey Hive, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo itinerary planning website.

Getting from Auckland to Taupo by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Rotorua
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ohakune Old Coach Road and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Whakapapa attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Whakapapa takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

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.
On the 14th (Sat), ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then get great views at Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and then identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington day trip tool.

You can drive from Whakapapa to Wellington in 4.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola and then enjoy the views from TranzAlpine Train. On the next day, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally enjoy some diversion at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch tour itinerary builder website.

Fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Christchurch, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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 Fox Glacier with an excursion to Franz Josef Glacier in Franz Josef--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk, trek along Moraine Walk, kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fox Glacier trip planning app.

You can drive from Christchurch to Fox Glacier in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mt. Cook Village: Lake Tekapo (in Lake Tekapo) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Hooker Valley Track, Kea Point Track, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mueller Hut Route, and trek along Red Tarns Track.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village trip builder app.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, hike along Lake Gunn, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hollyford Track.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, see Off-Road Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take a memorable drive along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road.

Plan a Queenstown trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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