33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific trip itinerary builder

Make it your trip
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tauranga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly
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Blenheim
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Drive
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Christchurch
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Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
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Auckland
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Waiheke Island
— 2 nights
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Queenstown

— 4 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Southern Lakes Heliski, Altitude Tours, Moke Lake, and other attractions you added. Do your shopping at The Remarkable Sweetshop - Queenstown and Queenstown Arts Centre. Step off the beaten path and head to Mt Crichton Loop Track and Queenstown Trail. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Tiki Trail, take a memorable drive along Crown Range Road, try to win big at SkyCity Queenstown Casino, and learn about winemaking at Mt Rosa Wines.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown journey planner.

Mumbai, India to Queenstown is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tauranga.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Tauranga

— 2 nights
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): kick back and relax at Anzac Bay, take in the exciting artwork at Katikati Murals, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Omokoroa Thermal Holiday Park, and finally contemplate the long history of The Elms. Keep things going the next day: trek along Orokawa Scenic Reserve and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Otanewainuku.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tauranga sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Tauranga takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Tauranga can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Rotorua

— 3 nights

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.
Do your shopping at 3D Trick Art Gallery and Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire. Visiting Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre and Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (L'Arte & Kinloch Beach) and Ohope Beach (in Whakatane). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and hike along Blue Lake Track.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rotorua trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Tauranga to Rotorua in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Blenheim.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Blenheim

— 3 nights
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen and then look for gifts at Makana Confections. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Lawson’s Dry Hills, do a tasting at Spy Valley Wines, learn about winemaking at Bladen Wines, learn about winemaking at Nautilus Estate, then identify plant and animal life at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, and finally learn about winemaking at Villa Maria Estate Marlborough Winery.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Blenheim trip planner.

You can fly from Rotorua to Blenheim in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries · Shopping · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Kaikoura

— 2 nights
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Dolphin Encounter has been added to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kaikoura Cheese and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visiting Maori Leap Cave and Findlay's Lookout Track will get you outdoors.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kaikoura itinerary app.

You can drive from Blenheim to Kaikoura in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. You'll set off for Franz Josef on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Franz Josef

— 2 nights
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 17th (Sat): pick up some new knowledge with Te Koha Gallery, then trek along Terrace Walk, and then explore the striking landscape at Tasman Glacier. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, hike along Callery Gorge Walk, take in the pleasant sights at Tatare Tunnels Walk, then trek along Sentinel Rock Walk, and finally hike along Peters Pool Walk.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Franz Josef journey planning app.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Franz Josef in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Te Anau

— 3 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Mirror Lakes Walk and Te Anau Golf Club. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Te Anau Bird Sanctuary and Punanga Manu o Te Anau. Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Manapouri Lake in Manapouri--about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, look for gifts at Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, trek along Lake Gunn, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Gertrude Saddle.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip itinerary maker app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Franz Josef to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Golf

Side Trips

Christchurch

— 3 nights

Garden City

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 23rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic St. Patrick's Akaroa, look for gifts at Fire & Ice - Gemstone Jewellery Specialists, appreciate the history behind Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally browse the different shops at Re:START. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Cashel Street, enjoy the sand and surf at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), then enjoy the sand and surf at Corsair Bay, and finally pause for some photo ops at Chalice Sculpture.

Plan my day in Christchurch using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Christchurch takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in August, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Waitomo Caves

— 1 night
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 26th (Mon): Head underground at Piripiri Cave Walk and then explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves attractions website.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Waitomo Caves takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Auckland

— 4 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Browns Bay Beach and Tamaki Drive. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Hunting Lodge Winery & Restaurant and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Clevedon Village Farmers Market (in Clevedon) and Westbrook Winery (in Waimauku). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Titirangi, stop by The Elephant House, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Church of St. Mary.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Auckland day trip tool.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Waiheke Island

— 2 nights

Island of Wine

Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): kick back and relax at Oneroa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): get outside with Ross Adventures, then take in the exciting artwork at Space Art Gallery, then examine the collection at Whittaker's Musical Museum, and finally stop by Waiheke Wine Centre.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Waiheke Island trip builder site.

Traveling by ferry from Auckland to Waiheke Island takes 2 hours. Traveling from Auckland in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 9°C in Waiheke Island. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Outdoors · Shopping · Museums · Parks

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
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.

Fiordland National Park travel guide

4.4
World heritage site · Bodies of Water · Caves
Place of Greenstone
As the heart of World Heritage-listed Wahipounamu, Fiordland National Park makes a great base for those wanting an adventure holiday packed full of wildlife-spotting expeditions, alpine climbs, and chances to enjoy New Zealand's national pastime--hiking. Over 500 km (310 mi) of hiking trails lead you through the native forest, up to the snow-capped peaks of the mountains, and along verdant valleys. Sea kayaking also ranks among the top things to do in Fiordland National Park, letting you explore the waters and get close to some of the protected animals here, including penguins, bottlenose dolphins, and seals. Formed over a period of 100,000 years, the fiords offer fantastic viewpoints and photo opportunities.