33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
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Te Anau
— 5 nights
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly
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Paihia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 1 night
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Explore Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)'s surroundings by going to Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Fox Glacier South Side Walk, &more) and Sentinel Rock Walk (in Franz Josef).

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) attractions planning website.

Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) is an approximately 4.5-hour bus ride. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

5
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Milford sound Hwy). Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 26th (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, trek along Lake Marian Track, and stroll through Gertrude Saddle.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau travel route planner.

Getting from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau by bus takes about 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

4
nights
Queenstown

Shallow Bay

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, take in the awesome beauty at Coronet Peak, explore the galleries of Silver Fern Gallery, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Nomad Safaris.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

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.
Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Whangarei (Bream Head Coast Walks & Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Paihia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

1
night
Auckland

City of Sails

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Kiwa Art, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

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

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Wineries · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

2
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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 10th (Wed), get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, Head underground at Caveworld, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, take a memorable tour with Tours, then relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Waitomo Caves tour itinerary app.

Getting from Auckland to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

4
nights
Rotorua

Sulphur City

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. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, steep yourself in history at Te Puia, get interesting insight from Tours, and make a trip to Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua vacation builder site.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

4
nights
Taupo

Great Cloak of Tia

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, make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, and find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Taupo day trip website.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

4
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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 20th (Sat), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. There's much more to do: trek along Tongariro Northern Circuit, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, and go for a walk through Mead's Wall.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park holiday planning app.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

1
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Wellington

Harbour Capital

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 24th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Old St Paul's, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. March in Wellington sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.