40 days in New Zealand Itinerary

40 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly + Bus:  8 h 30 min
1
Wanaka
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
2
Queenstown
— 5 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
3
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Bus:  5 h 15 min
4
Dunedin
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Christchurch
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
6
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Napier
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Rotorua
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Auckland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
10
Paihia
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  8 h
End: Sydney

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Roys Peak Track and Speed Boats Tours. There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Wanaka, hike along Blue Pools Track, get your game on at Puzzling World, and learn about winemaking at Rippon Vineyard.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Wanaka travel app.

Sydney, Australia to Wanaka is an approximately 8.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Rippon Vineyard ©
Rippon Vineyard
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery and Lake Wakatipu. Shop till you drop at Remarkables Market and Old Fashioned Costume Photography. Take a break from Queenstown with a short trip to Glenorchy Animal Experience in Glenorchy, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Glenorchy Animal Experience
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery ©
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery

5
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'll discover tucked-away gems like Kepler Track and Lake Te Anau. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Te Anau: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Manapouri), Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, hike along The Chasm Walk, stroll through Hollyford Track, and look for gifts at Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip app.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kayaking & Canoeing, Hollyford Track, Milford Foreshore Walk, Bowen Falls
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Speight’s Brewery and Moeraki Boulders Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Hampden Stores and Lazy Cat Pottery and Tileworks. Explore Dunedin's surroundings by going to Oamaru (Forrester Gallery, Oamaru Public Gardens, &more) and Katiki Point Lighthouse (in Moeraki). And it doesn't end there: tour in style with a train tour, don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street, stroll through Tunnel Beach Track, and get curious at Otago Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dunedin trip planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Dunedin by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums Tours Parks

Side Trips

Oamaru, Katiki Point Lighthouse, Hampden Stores
Highlights from your plan
Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum
Speight’s Brewery ©
Speight’s Brewery
Hampden Stores ©
Hampden Stores

4
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Giants House and Hagley Park. Head to Re:START and Pot Pourrifor plenty of shopping. Go for a jaunt from Christchurch to Akaroa to see Swim with Dolphins about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, see the interesting displays at Quake City, take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch route maker.

Getting from Dunedin to Christchurch by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Parks

Side Trip

Akaroa
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
The Giants House ©
The Giants House
Re:START ©
Re:START

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 30th (Tue): examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, and finally look for gifts at Bohemein Fresh Chocolates. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, and finally admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Wellington, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Napier.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Bohemein Fresh Chocolates ©
Bohemein Fresh Chocolates

2
nights
Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 1st (Thu), make a trip to Marine Parade, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Te Mata Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): do a tasting at Mission Estate Winery, view the masterpieces at Birdwoods Gallery, then do a tasting at Elephant Hill, and finally get great views at Bluff Hill Lookout.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Napier trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Wellington to Napier in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Napier

Tours Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Elephant Hill, Birdwoods Gallery, Te Mata Peak
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Birdwoods Gallery ©
Birdwoods Gallery
Mission Estate Winery ©
Mission Estate Winery

5
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Lava Glass and the Zeus Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Papamoa Beach and Mount Maunganui Base Track. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Mt Maunganui Main Beach (in Mount Maunganui) and Taupo (Huka Honey Hive, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Eat Street, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, trot along with a tour on horseback, and identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by car from Napier to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Tauranga, Papamoa Beach, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Highlights from your plan
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Spas

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Orewa Beach and Piha Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sculptureum and Rummage Matakana. There's lots more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, take a stroll through Devonport, and see the interesting displays at New Zealand Maritime Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Auckland trip builder tool.

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rotorua in April, Auckland is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Matakana, Orewa Beach, Piha Beach
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Sculptureum ©
Sculptureum

4
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.
Shop till you drop at The Cabbage Tree Shop and Kaan Zamaan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Paihia Harbour. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Whangarei (Whangarei Quarry Gardens, Whangarei Falls, &more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church, stroll through Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, and admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Paihia trip tool.

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Whangarei, Kauri Cliffs
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Town Basin ©
Town Basin
The Cabbage Tree Shop ©
The Cabbage Tree Shop

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