44 days in New Zealand Itinerary

44 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

Make it your trip
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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
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Whitianga
— 1 night
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 5 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly
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Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 6 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Paihia
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— 5 nights
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Auckland

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, then examine the collection at New Zealand Maritime Museum, and then get impressive views of Mount Eden. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland sightseeing planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Auckland. In January in Auckland, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Parks · Wineries · Nature

Whitianga

— 1 night
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): experience rural life at Whiti Farm Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the activities along Stingray Bay.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Whitianga day trip site.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Whitianga takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Auckland, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Whitianga, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whitianga

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Waitomo Caves

— 3 nights
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.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, trek along Piripiri Cave Walk, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Discover how to plan a Waitomo Caves trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Whitianga to Waitomo Caves in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Rotorua

— 5 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and take in the natural beauty of Te Puia.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Rotorua online road trip planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Taupo

— 5 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, and head outdoors with Taupo Rod & Tackle.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo journey planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park

— 5 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 17th (Mon), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, explore the activities along Tama Lakes, hike along Silica Rapids Track, and stroll through Tongariro Northern Circuit.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Wellington

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and then get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip planner.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daytime highs in Wellington are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Christchurch

— 2 nights

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 24th (Mon): take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train. Keep things going the next day: catch a ride on Christchurch Gondola, then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, and finally admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch online attractions planner.

Getting from Wellington to Christchurch by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Wellington in January, Christchurch is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Museums · Parks

Fox Glacier

— 4 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Step out of Fox Glacier to go to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) and see Sealy Tarns Track, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Fox Route, and take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier journey planner.

Getting from Christchurch to Fox Glacier by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Queenstown

— 4 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Plan my day in Queenstown using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Te Anau

— 6 nights
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 4th (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. On the 6th (Sun), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, hike along Gertrude Saddle, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Doubtful Sound.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau online itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Paihia

— 5 nights
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.
Spend a day of island exploring on the 13th (Sun) at Urupukapuka Island. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take in the pleasant sights at Opua Forest Lookout Track, tee off at Waitangi Golf Club, and grab your bike and head to Waitangi Mountain Bike Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Paihia trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Paihia in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.