34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly + Bus:  33 h
1
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
3
Wanaka
— 3 nights
Bus:  4 h 45 min
4
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
5
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  8 h
6
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
9
Paihia
— 6 nights
Fly:  30 h
End: London

4
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 the city and head to Milford Sound and Kepler Track. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Te Anau and Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. Change things up with a short trip to Milford sound Hwy in Milford Sound (about 54 minutes away). There's much more to do: hike along The Chasm Walk, explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau day trip planning tool.

London, UK to Te Anau is an approximately 33- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 12 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Milford sound Hwy, Lake Gunn
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Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and One Mile Power House. Explore hidden gems such as Arrowtown Village and Fear Factory Queenstown. There's still lots to do: hike along Queenstown Hill, see Off-Road Tours, stroll around Village Green, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Queenstown road trip planning site.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Arrowtown
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Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track

3
nights
Wanaka

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.
Get outdoors at Roys Peak Track and Blue Pools Track. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wanaka and Helicopter Tours. There's still lots to do: hike along Mount Iron Track, cast your line with a fishing tour, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

You can plan Wanaka trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Queenstown to Wanaka by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 17th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier and then hike along Hooker Valley Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk, then hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip planning tool.

Getting from Wanaka to Fox Glacier by bus takes about 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Franz Josef Glacier, Hooker Valley Track
Highlights from your plan
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): hike along Ohau Stream Walk, make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then contemplate the long history of Fyffe House, then look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Kaikoura takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Government Gardens and Te Puia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Redwoods Treewalk. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Summit Track, Mount Maunganui Base Track, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, hike along Okere Falls Track, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua online route planner.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Kaikoura to Rotorua takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Rotorua are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Okere Falls Track
Highlights from your plan
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Visiting Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Ohakune Old Coach Road will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Mount Ruapehu and Tongariro Crossing Shuttles. Step out of Tongariro National Park with an excursion to Tongariro National Trout Centre in Turangi--about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Trout Centre
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and then hike along Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, and finally admire all the interesting features of Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip builder website.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Christ Church. Step out of the city life by going to Paihia Harbour and Whangarei Falls. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Waipoua Forest (Four Sisters Walk & Waipoua Forest), Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi) and Russell (Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve & Pompallier Mission and Printery). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at The Parrot Place, trek along Puketi Nature Trail, admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and stroll through Signal Station Track.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia road trip planning tool.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Paihia by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Whangarei, Russell, Waipoua Forest, Tane Mahuta Walk
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling

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