40 days in New Zealand Itinerary

40 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 5 nights
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Whangarei
— 1 night
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Whitianga
— 5 nights
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
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Whanganui
— 1 night
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Wellington
— 3 nights
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Abel Tasman National Park
— 1 night
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Kaikoura
— 1 night
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Christchurch
— 2 nights
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Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
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Franz Josef
— 2 nights
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Queenstown
— 9 nights
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Balclutha
— 2 nights

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Auckland

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.
You've added Piha Beach, Anawhata, Cheltenham Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Auckland Museum and Devonport. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Eden and Tree Adventures. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to SkyTower and enjoy the sea views from Manukau Heads Lighthouse.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland road trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 66°F. On the 6th (Tue), you'll travel to Whangarei.

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SkyTower
4.4
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Military Museum
Auckland Museum
4.6
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Zipline
Tree Adventures
4.9

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Whangarei

Whangarei
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Whangarei trip tool.

Drive from Auckland to Whangarei in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. On the 7th (Wed), you'll travel to Whitianga.

Things to do in Whangarei

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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Whitianga

Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Get some cultural insight at Thames School of Mines and Mineralogical Museum and Burke Street Wharf. Get in touch with nature at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Hot Water Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whitianga: Thames Society of Arts (in Thames), Hahei (Cathedral Cove Walk & Hahei Beach Walk) and Gold Discovery Centre (in Waihi). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to The Lost Spring, grab your bike and head to Hauraki Rail Trail, hike along Whitianga Rock Walk, and take in the pleasant sights at Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Whitianga day trip planning site.

Getting from Whangarei to Whitianga by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Whitianga are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Rotorua.

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Hot Spring
Hot Water Beach
3.8
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Hiking Trail
Cathedral Cove Walk
4.7

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Rotorua

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.
Get in touch with nature at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Huka Falls Walkway. Your inner history buff will appreciate Te Puia and Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Taupo (Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, Big Sky Parasail, &more). And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Wikitoria Maori Healing.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip tool.

You can drive from Whitianga to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Whanganui.

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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Whanganui

Whanganui
For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Whanganui tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Whanganui takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Rotorua, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Whanganui, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 58°F. On the 16th (Fri), you'll travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whanganui

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

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Wellington

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.
You've added Queen Charlotte Track, Marlborough Sounds, Cape Palliser Lighthouse, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary and Catchpool Loop Walk. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Old St Paul's. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, wander the streets of Cuba Street, and ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Wellington day trip planner.

You can drive from Whanganui to Wellington in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. April in Wellington sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

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Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park ©
Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Aroha Health Spa and Sanctuary, Tableland Circuit, Labyrinth Rocks, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Rawhiti Cave Track, explore the striking landscape at Labyrinth Rocks, look for all kinds of wild species at Tonga Island Marine Reserve, hike along Wharariki Beach Walking Track, then explore the activities along Stilwell Bay, and finally relax in the rural setting at Anatoki Salmon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Abel Tasman Coast Track.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Abel Tasman National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wellington to Abel Tasman National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Hiking Trail
Abel Tasman Coast Track
4.7
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Hiking Trail
Heaphy Track
4.8
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Waterfall
Wainui Falls Track
4.9

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Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kaikoura trip website.

Explore your travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Kaikoura with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
4.3
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
4.9

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©

Garden City

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 22nd (Thu): take a memorable ride with Christchurch Gondola, then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christchurch Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydiving Kiwis Otautahi, then examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and then stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Christchurch online journey builder.

Getting from Kaikoura to Christchurch by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. April in Christchurch sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

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History Museum
Canterbury Museum
4.6

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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Dark Sky Project, Tekapo Springs, Mount John Summit Circuit Track, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Te Ana Maori Rock Art, boost your wellbeing at Tekapo Springs, join in the after-dark buzz at Dark Sky Project, then trek along Mount John Summit Circuit Track, then take in the pleasant sights at Mount John University Observatory, and finally take a memorable tour with Tekapo Jet. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pukaki.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks · Spas · Nature · Outdoors

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Water Body
Lake Tekapo
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Water Body
Lake Pukaki
4.8

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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.
You've added Roberts Point Track, Tatare Tunnels Walk, Callery Gorge Walk, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 26th (Mon), explore the activities along Okarito Lagoon, trek along Tatare Tunnels Walk, explore the activities along Lake Mapourika, stroll around Okarito Trig Walk and Three Mile Lagoon, then trek along Roberts Point Track, and finally stroll through Terrace Walk. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Callery Gorge Walk, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of the Alps, stroll through Peters Pool Walk, then don't miss a visit to Franz Josef Glacier, and finally hike along Sentinel Rock Walk.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Franz Josef trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Franz Josef takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
4.9
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Hiking Trail
Roberts Point Track
4.8

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Queenstown

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Pioneer Park, Kawarau River, Cardrona Bra Fence, and other attractions. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St Peter's Anglican Church and Kawarau Suspension Bridge. Take a break from the city and head to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Kiwi Birdlife Park. There's lots more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, steep yourself in history at One Mile Power House, explore the galleries of Silver Fern Gallery, and do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Queenstown driving holiday planner.

Getting from Franz Josef to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 7th (Fri), you're off to Balclutha.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Mountain
Coronet Peak
4.3

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Balclutha

Balclutha ©
Balclutha is a town in Otago, lying towards the end of the Clutha River, on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Your list of things to see and do now includes Clutha Gold Trail, Nugget Point Lighthouse, Roxburgh Gorge Trail, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at McLean Falls Walk, admire the sheer force of Purakaunui Falls Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Cathedral Caves Walk, then get a new perspective on nature at Gemston & Fossil Museum Birdlings Flat, then see the interesting displays at South Otago Museum, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Nugget Point Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Balclutha travel route builder.

Drive from Queenstown to Balclutha in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll set off for home on the 9th (Sun).

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