39 days in New Zealand Itinerary

39 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Taupo
1
Taupo
— 6 nights
Drive:  5 h
2
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
3
Christchurch
— 2 nights
4
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
6
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Bus:  5 h 30 min
7
Dunedin
— 8 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
8
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
9
Hokitika
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
10
Tauranga
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
11
Arrowtown
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
12
Invercargill
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Taupo

6
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at L'Arte and Taupo Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Taupo and Fishing Charters & Tours. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, get all the equipment you need at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and get in on the family fun at Mind Junction.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Taupo road trip planning app.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Taupo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Lake Taupo
Highlights from your plan
Waipahihi Botanical Gardens ©
Waipahihi Botanical Gardens
Fishing Charters & Tours
Taupo Museum ©
Taupo Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Bolton Street Cemetery, do a tasting at Te Aro Wine, thenbrush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial, and finally learn about all things military at Dominion Museum. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, thenindulge your thirst for a good beer at Garage Project Cellar Door, thenbrowse the exhibits of Fragrifert Parfumeur, the Victorian Perfumery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Mary of the Angels.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Wellington journey planner.

Fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Wellington sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Bolton Street Cemetery ©
Bolton Street Cemetery
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
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 12th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Mona Vale, thensteep yourself in history at Riccarton House & Bush, thenstop by Shopology, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Re:START. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): kick back and relax at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), have fun at Velocity Karts, thenstroll through Corsair Bay, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michaels and All Angels.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch day trip planning site.

Getting from Wellington to Christchurch by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Wellington in July, with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)
Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
On the 13th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at William Sefton Moorhouse Statue. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), thenenjoy the sand and surf at New Brighton Beach, and then get your game on at Uprising.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch tour planner.

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu) ©
Godley Head ©
Godley Head

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre, thenstroll the grounds of Queenstown Cemetery, thenget your game on at CaddyShack City Mini Golf, and finally get your game on at iFLY Queenstown. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to One Mile Power House, rejuvenate with a delicious beverage at Vesta Design Boutique, get your game on at Dark Ride, pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Anglican Church, thenview the masterpieces at Ivan Clarke Gallery, and finally contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown day trip site.

Getting from Christchurch to Queenstown by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Historic Sites Fun & Games Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Queenstown Cemetery ©
Queenstown Cemetery
CaddyShack City Mini Golf ©
CaddyShack City Mini Golf
St Peter's Anglican Church ©
St Peter's Anglican Church

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Treble Cone, thenidentify plant and animal life at Roys Bay Recreational Reserve, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the next day, explore the galleries of The Picture Lounge, thenstop by Outside Sports Wanaka, thentake in the exciting artwork at Wanaka Fine Art Gallery, and finally learn about winemaking at Aitken's Folly Vineyard.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Wanaka trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Queenstown to Wanaka by bus takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Treble Cone
Highlights from your plan
Treble Cone ©
Treble Cone
Spas
The Picture Lounge ©
The Picture Lounge

8
nights
Dunedin

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Museum-lovers will get to explore New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame and Milford Galleries. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Orokonui Ecosanctuary and First Church of Otago. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dunedin: Katiki Point Lighthouse (in Moeraki) and Shag Point Nature Reserve (in Palmerston). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Karitane Beach, browse the exhibits of Dunedin Public Art Gallery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Aramoana Beach.

Plan a Dunedin trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Dunedin takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Dunedin

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Katiki Point Lighthouse, Port Chalmers Maritime Museum, Shag Point Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Aramoana Beach ©
Aramoana Beach
Katiki Point Lighthouse ©
Katiki Point Lighthouse
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kaikoura Museum and Art & Design Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Ohau Stream Walk and Kaikoura Cheese. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, Head underground at Maori Leap Cave, relax in the rural setting at The Point Sheep Shearing Show, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Kaikoura Marine Aquarium.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kaikoura trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Dunedin to Kaikoura in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hokitika.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kaikoura Marine Aquarium ©
Kaikoura Marine Aquarium
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Kaikoura Museum ©
Kaikoura Museum

3
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): look for gifts at Garth Wilson Jade, take in the waterfront at Greymouth Breakwater, and then hike along Point Elizabeth Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Westland Industrial Heritage Park, meet the residents at National Kiwi Centre, thentake in the views from Taramakau Road-Rail Bridge, and finally trek along Coal Creek Track.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hokitika holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Hokitika takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tauranga.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Greymouth, Coal Creek Track
Highlights from your plan
Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Westland Industrial Heritage Park ©
Westland Industrial Heritage Park
National Kiwi Centre ©
National Kiwi Centre

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at 3D Trick Art Gallery and the Zeus Gallery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas and OGO Rotorua. Step out of Tauranga to go to Rotorua and see Volcanic Hills Winery, which is approximately 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Pilot Bay, trek along Mount Maunganui Base Track, see the interesting displays at The Elms, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mt Maunganui Main Beach.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tauranga online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Hokitika to Tauranga in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Tauranga are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Arrowtown.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Rotorua
Highlights from your plan
3D Trick Art Gallery ©
3D Trick Art Gallery
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Pilot Bay ©
Pilot Bay

3
nights
Arrowtown

Arrowtown ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): do a tasting at Scott Base Vineyard - Space at the Base, thendo a tasting at Wooing Tree Vineyard, thenlearn about winemaking at Domain Road Vineyard, and finally do a tasting at Felton Road Wines. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, thentrek along Bush Creek Trail, thenstroll through Big Hill Trail, and finally look for gifts at The Remarkable Sweet Shop - Arrowtown Shop.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Arrowtown day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Tauranga to Arrowtown takes 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Invercargill.

Things to do in Arrowtown

Outdoors Wineries Parks

Side Trip

Cromwell
Highlights from your plan
Wooing Tree Vineyard ©
Wooing Tree Vineyard
Spas
The Remarkable Sweet Shop - Arrowtown Shop ©

3
nights
Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Get some historical perspective at First Presbyterian Church and St Pauls Presbyterian Church. Museum-lovers will appreciate Bluff Maritime Museum and Otautau Gallery. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica, admire the natural beauty at Lignite Pit Cafe and Secret Garden, pause for some photo ops at Burt Munro Statue, and stroll through Rakiura Rides.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Invercargill attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Arrowtown to Invercargill takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Invercargill

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Otautau Gallery, Bluff Maritime Museum
Highlights from your plan
St. Mary's Basilica ©
St. Mary's Basilica
Otautau Gallery ©
Otautau Gallery
Bluff Maritime Museum ©
Bluff Maritime Museum

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