33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Tauranga
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Waitomo Caves
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Turangi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Picton
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Greymouth
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
10
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
11
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus:  6 h 15 min
12
Lake Tekapo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
13
Christchurch
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
End: Auckland

5
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.
To find out how to plan a trip to Auckland, use our trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In March, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Tauranga.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Parks Trails

3
nights
Tauranga

Tauranga
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
On the 12th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Tuapiro Point. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Mount Maunganui Base Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Maunganui Summit Track, then walk around Johnson Reserve, and finally trek along Orokawa Scenic Reserve.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tauranga online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Tauranga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Auckland in March, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Tauranga: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 18°C at night. On the 14th (Sat), you're off toMatamata.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tuapiro Point, Orokawa Scenic Reserve

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, get interesting insight from Tours, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery and then trek along Blue Lake Track.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rotorua trip planning site.

Drive from Tauranga to Rotorua in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): hike along Ruakuri Walk, Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then see the interesting displays at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition, and finally appreciate the history behind Sir Colin Meads Statue.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip tool.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Turangi.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Te Kuiti
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

2
nights
Turangi

Turangi is a small town on the west bank of the Tongariro River, 50 kilometres south-west of Taupo on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand. On the 22nd (Sun), explore the landscape on two wheels at Tongariro River Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Tongariro National Trout Centre, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Turangi trip planning tool.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Turangi in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Turangi

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro National Trout Centre ©
Tongariro National Trout Centre
Tongariro River Trail ©
Tongariro River Trail

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 23rd (Mon): see Off-Road Tours and then delve into the lush surroundings at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Paraparaumu Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Wellington online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Turangi to Wellington in 4.5 hours. March in Wellington sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nga Manu Nature Reserve, Paraparaumu Beach
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Nga Manu Nature Reserve ©
Nga Manu Nature Reserve

1
night
Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 25th (Wed), do a tasting at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, learn about winemaking at Framingham Wines, and then head outdoors with Tirohanga Track. On the next day, do a tasting at Nautilus Estate, then learn about winemaking at Bladen Wines, then get outside with Sounds Air, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Picton trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Wellington to Picton in 3.5 hours. März in Picton sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Picton

Wineries Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Renwick
Highlights from your plan
Forrest Wines Cellar Door ©
Forrest Wines Cellar Door
Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary
Framingham Wines ©
Framingham Wines

2
nights
Greymouth

Greymouth ©
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. On the 27th (Fri), view the masterpieces at Hokitika Craft Gallery, hike along Tunnel Terrace Walk, then kick back and relax at Hokitika Beach, then contemplate the long history of Shantytown Heritage Park, and finally trek along Coal Creek Track.

Plan my trip to Greymouth with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Picton to Greymouth in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Greymouth

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Hokitika, Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, Coal Creek Track
Highlights from your plan
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk
Point Elizabeth Walkway ©
Point Elizabeth Walkway

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Franz Josef attractions tool.

You can drive from Greymouth to Franz Josef in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Peters Pool Walk ©
Peters Pool Walk
Helicopter Tours
Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk

2
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You've now added Mount Aspiring National Park to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ben Lomond Track and Cardrona Bra Fence. Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Kiwi Birdlife Park. Go for a jaunt from Queenstown to Wanaka to see Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, and hike along Tiki Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Franz Josef to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Wanaka, Cardrona Bra Fence
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks ©
Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks

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.
You've now added Milford Sound to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through Gertrude Saddle and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau, then identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau attractions planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau
Boat Tours & Water Sports

3
nights
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum and Burkes Pass Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Aoraki/Mt. Cook and Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lake Tekapo: Memorial to James Mackenzie (in Fairlie) and Mueller Hut Route (in Mt. Cook Village). There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Gem Alpaca Stud, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Three Creeks, trek along Mount John Summit Circuit Track, and explore the activities along Lake Tekapo.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo journey planning site.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Lake Tekapo in 6.5 hours. You will leave for Christchurch on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fairlie, Geraldine, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Three Creeks
Highlights from your plan
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route
Gem Alpaca Stud ©
Gem Alpaca Stud

5
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch online route planner .

Traveling by car from Timaru to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. In April in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. On the 11th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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