33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 3 nights
2
Hahei
— 1 night
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
4
Rotorua
— 1 night
5
Waimangu
— 2 nights
6
Taupo
— 1 day
7
Whakapapa
— 1 night
8
Wellington
— 1 night
9
Nelson
— 1 night
10
Abel Tasman National Park
— 2 nights
11
Punakaiki
— 1 night
12
Hokitika
— 1 day
13
Franz Josef
— 1 night
14
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
15
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
16
Wanaka
— 2 nights
17
Queenstown
— 4 nights
18
Te Anau
— 3 nights
19
Christchurch
— 2 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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, stop by Pauanesia, and wander the streets of Devonport.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Auckland trip builder site.

Brisbane, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Auckland, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for little chillier days in Auckland, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Hahei.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

1
night
Hahei

Hahei ©
For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hahei online road trip planner.

Getting from Auckland to Hahei by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Auckland in December, you will find days in Hahei are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are a bit cooler (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hahei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hot Water Beach, RAPAURA Watergardens
Highlights from your plan
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk
RAPAURA Watergardens ©
RAPAURA Watergardens

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and then stroll through Ruakuri Walk.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves itinerary tool.

You can drive from Hahei to Waitomo Caves in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, explore and take pictures at Te Puia, and then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, thendelve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To plan Rotorua vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Rotorua sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Waimangu.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
nights
Waimangu

Waimangu ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, admire the sheer force of Tarawera Falls, thenexplore the activities along Lake Rotomahana, and finally explore the striking landscape of Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Waimangu trip planner.

Waimangu is very close to Rotorua. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waimangu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Tarawera Falls
Highlights from your plan
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Tarawera Falls ©
Tarawera Falls
Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool ©
Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool

1
day
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, thenadmire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Taupo trip planner.

You can drive from Waimangu to Taupo in an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, thenhike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Ohakune Old Coach Road and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Whakapapa tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Whakapapa takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow 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
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington road trip planning app.

You can drive from Whakapapa to Wellington in 4.5 hours. December in Wellington sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Nelson Provincial Museum, look for gifts at Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, and finally stroll through Tahunanui Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Queen's Gardens, thenmake a trip to Centre of New Zealand, thensee the interesting displays at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum, and finally get your game on at Pro Karts.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Nelson trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Nelson takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Nelson

Museums Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Nelson Provincial Museum ©
Nelson Provincial Museum
Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith ©
Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith
World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum ©

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stroll through Kaiteriteri Beach and then stroll through Abel Tasman Coast Track.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Abel Tasman National Park tour itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nelson to Abel Tasman National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Punakaiki.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Kaiteriteri Beach
Highlights from your plan
Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track

1
night
Punakaiki

Punakaiki ©
Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Paparoa National Park, thenhike along Truman Track, and then trek along Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Punakaiki trip website.

You can take a bus from Abel Tasman National Park to Punakaiki in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Hokitika.

Things to do in Punakaiki

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Paparoa National Park
Highlights from your plan
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk
Truman Track ©
Truman Track
Paparoa National Park ©
Paparoa National Park

1
day
Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hokitika Gorge Walk.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hokitika online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Punakaiki to Hokitika in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Shantytown Heritage Park
Highlights from your plan
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Shantytown Heritage Park ©
Shantytown Heritage Park
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach

1
night
Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
On the 24th (Tue), admire all the interesting features of Franz Josef Glacier.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Franz Josef online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hokitika to Franz Josef in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

1
night
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
On the 25th (Wed), enjoy breathtaking views from Mount John University Observatory, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd, thenidentify plant and animal life at Gem Alpaca Stud, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lake Tekapo online tour planner.

You can drive from Franz Josef to Lake Tekapo in 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Gem Alpaca Stud
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd
Gem Alpaca Stud ©
Gem Alpaca Stud

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Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, trek along Hooker Valley Track, and then stroll through Kea Point Track.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village holiday planner.

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook Village in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Wanaka

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then explore the activities along Lake Wanaka. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Wanaka War Memorial and then hike along Roys Peak Track.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Wanaka online day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Wanaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track

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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, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, push the limits with an extreme tour, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown vacation planner.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: hike along Hollyford Track, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Te Anau online road trip planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

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

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nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Akaroa (Lava & Dolphin & Whale Watching). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture, take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train, and enjoy some diversion at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Christchurch trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from Te Anau to Christchurch takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Museums

Side Trip

Akaroa
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

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