42 days in New Zealand Itinerary

42 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 8 nights
2
Rotorua
— 2 nights
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
4
Wellington
— 7 nights
5
Christchurch
— 6 nights
6
Queenstown
— 2 nights
7
Te Anau
— 2 nights
8
Dunedin
— 6 nights
9
Paihia
— 3 nights

8
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Auckland Museum and Stockade Hill. Attractions like SkyTower and Waiheke Island make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Auckland with an excursion to Muriwai Gannet Colony in Muriwai Beach--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Rangitoto Island, explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, get impressive views of Mount Eden, and examine the collection at New Zealand Maritime Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Auckland travel itinerary planner.

London, UK to Auckland is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Auckland is 12 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in March: highs in Auckland hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Smiths Bush Reserve, Stockade Hill, Muriwai Gannet Colony, Cheltenham Beach
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony

2
nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Zipline will thrill your kids. Take a break from the city and head to Te Puia and Horseback Riding Tours. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, hike along Lake Okareka Walkway, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua vacation planner.

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in March: highs in Rotorua hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 14th (Sun), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, thenidentify plant and animal life at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Taupo trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave

7
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and The Great War Exhibition. Bring the kids along to Marlborough Sounds and Wellington Cable Car. Change things up with these side-trips from Wellington: Queen Charlotte Track (in Picton) and Masterton (The Woolshed Museum & Pukaha National Wildlife Centre). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wellington Zoo, take a memorable tour with Tours, and admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Wellington, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Picton, Masterton, Wainui Lookout, Wellington Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

6
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get a sense of the local culture at Canterbury Museum and Mona Vale. Family-friendly places like Christchurch Botanic Gardens and International Antarctic Centre will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: Akaroa (The Giants House, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the views from TranzAlpine Train, take an in-depth tour of Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities, meet the residents at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and admire the masterpieces at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu).

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in March, Christchurch is a bit cooler at night with lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trip

Akaroa
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Paradise Ziplines as well as Ziptrek Ecotours. On the 29th (Mon), whizz through the canopy at Ziptrek Ecotours, whizz through the canopy at Paradise Ziplines, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, thenstroll through Ben Lomond Track, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Silver Fern Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peter's Anglican Church, thenget the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown visit planner.

Getting from Christchurch to Queenstown by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Ziptrek Ecotours ©
Ziptrek Ecotours
Zipline
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

2
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.
On the 31st (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn, thenhike along The Chasm Walk, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument, observe the fascinating underwater world at Trout Observatory, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau driving holiday site.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Gunn ©
Lake Gunn
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

6
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.
Visiting The Royal Albatross Centre and Penguin Place will get you outdoors. Family-friendly places like Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and Otago Peninsula will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dunedin: Oamaru (Moeraki Boulders Beach & Steampunk HQ) and Shag Point Nature Reserve (in Palmerston). And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at Otago Museum, step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens, kick back and relax at Dunedin Beach, and view the masterpieces at Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Dunedin trip itinerary website.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Dunedin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Oamaru, Shag Point Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre
Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

3
nights
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.
On the 8th (Thu), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then find something for the whole family at Action World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia attractions site.

Getting from Dunedin to Paihia by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Haruru Falls, KeriKeri New Zealand
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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