45 days in New Zealand, Nusa Dua & Praya Itinerary

45 days in New Zealand, Nusa Dua & Praya Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Kaikoura, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Blenheim, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Picton, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Nelson, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Collingwood, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Westport, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Murchison, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Hokitika, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Franz Josef, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Wanaka, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Dunedin, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Nusa Dua, Indonesia
— 3 nights
Drive to Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport, Fly to Praya
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Praya, Indonesia
— 5 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand

— 5 nights

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'll discover tucked-away gems like Muriwai Gannet Colony and Mount Victoria Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Brick Bay Sculpture Trail (in Snells Beach), Goat Island Marine Reserve (in Warkworth) and Matakana Beach Outfitters (in Matakana). There's much more to do: make a trip to SkyTower, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, admire the natural beauty at Parnell Rose Gardens, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Auckland sightseeing planner.

Valletta, Malta to Auckland is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Valletta to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Valletta in December, Auckland is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly to Christchurch.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Christchurch, New Zealand

— 1 night

Garden City

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 16th (Thu): take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

Plan a Christchurch trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in December: highs in Christchurch hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Christchurch

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Kaikoura, New Zealand

— 1 night
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): stop by Kaikoura Cheese.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kaikoura road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Kaikoura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Blenheim.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Fun & Games · Wildlife

Blenheim, New Zealand

— 1 night
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Blenheim online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Blenheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Picton.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries · Tours
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Picton, New Zealand

— 1 night

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 18th (Sat), get outside with Tirohanga Track.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Picton trip maker site.

Picton is just a stone's throw from Blenheim. In December, daytime highs in Picton are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nelson.

Things to do in Picton

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Nelson, New Zealand

— 1 night

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nelson vacation planner.

You can drive from Picton to Nelson in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Nelson

Outdoors · Museums · Trails · Parks
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Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): stroll through Riwaka Resurgence.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Abel Tasman National Park itinerary tool.

Explore your travel options from Nelson to Abel Tasman National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Collingwood.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Collingwood, New Zealand

— 2 nights
Collingwood is a town in the north-west corner of the South Island of New Zealand along Golden Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Sands Distillery, relax in the rural setting at Anatoki Salmon, then contemplate the waterfront views at Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), and finally stop by Rosy Glow Chocolate.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Collingwood online travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Collingwood with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Westport.

Things to do in Collingwood

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Westport, New Zealand

— 1 night
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll through The Old Ghost Road.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Westport trip planner.

You can drive from Collingwood to Westport in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Murchison.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors · Trails · Parks
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Murchison, New Zealand

— 1 night
Murchison is a town in the Tasman Region of the South Island of New Zealand. To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Murchison trip builder.

Traveling by car from Westport to Murchison takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Arthur's Pass National Park.

Things to do in Murchison

Museums · Theme Parks

Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand

— 1 night
On the 26th (Sun), trek along Devils Punchbowl Walking Track.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Arthur's Pass National Park trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Murchison to Arthur's Pass National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Arthur's Pass National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Hokitika, New Zealand

— 3 nights
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hokitika Gorge Walk and Coal Creek Track. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hokitika: Greymouth (Woods Creek Track & Point Elizabeth Walkway) and Lake Brunner (in Moana). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Dorothy Falls, trek along Ross Water Race Walkway, take in the exciting artwork at Bonz 'N Stonz Carving Studio, and see the interesting displays at Westland Industrial Heritage Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hokitika trip itinerary planning website.

Explore your travel options from Arthur's Pass National Park to Hokitika with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, New Zealand

— 2 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Peters Pool Walk and Tatare Tunnels Walk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Franz Josef: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Glencoe Walk, Kea Point Track, &more) and Minnehaha Walk (in Fox Glacier). There's lots more to do: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Roberts Point Track, and go for a walk through Callery Gorge Walk.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Franz Josef trip builder site.

Getting from Hokitika to Franz Josef by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Wanaka, New Zealand

— 2 nights
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 1st (Sat): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then stroll through Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Isthmus Peak Track, then examine the collection at The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Wanaka Beerworks.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Wanaka itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Franz Josef to Wanaka. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ben Lomond Track and Cheeki Cherries. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Cromwell (Wooing Tree Vineyard, Highlands - Experience the Exceptional, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown travel planner.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trip

Te Anau, New Zealand

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kepler Track and The Chasm Walk. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound, stop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, stroll through Lake Gunn, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau travel itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Dunedin, New Zealand

— 3 nights

Edinburgh of the South

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, see the interesting displays at The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, and finally take some stellar pictures from Signal Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago, then revel in the low prices at Happy Hens, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Royal Albatross Centre, and finally trek along Sandfly Bay Track.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dunedin online trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Dunedin with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Nusa Dua.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Tours

Nusa Dua, Indonesia

— 3 nights
A trip to Nusa Dua offers a chance to enjoy sandy beaches and an 18-hole golf course.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Melasti Beach and Puja Mandala. Go for a jaunt from Nusa Dua to Pecatu to see Uluwatu Temple about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Nusa Dua Beach, take advantage of the amenities at Karma Beach Bali, buy something for everyone on your list at Samasta Lifestyle Village, and stop by Borneo Energy Store.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Nusa Dua trip planning tool.

Getting from Dunedin to Nusa Dua by flight takes about 15 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Central Indonesia Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Praya.

Things to do in Nusa Dua

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Praya, Indonesia

— 5 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Benang Stokal and Benang Kelambu Waterfall and Sukarara Village. Explore Praya's surroundings by going to Pink Beach (in Jerowaru), Mas-Mas Tourism Village (in Mas-mas) and Tetebatu (Burung Walet Waterfall & Tetebatu Tourist Village).

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Praya journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Nusa Dua to Praya with the Route module. In January, daytime highs in Praya are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Praya

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
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.

Bali travel guide

4.1
World heritage site · Spas · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A province of Indonesia, the island of Bali remains one of the world's top tourist destinations thanks to its beaches, diving spots, and resorts. Take a trip to Bali to discover the island's smiling and famously hospitable locals--perhaps the biggest treasure of this tropical paradise. More than just another fun-in-the-sun getaway, Bali also reveals a rich history and varied geography of mountains, rugged coastal areas, sandy beaches, thriving rice terraces, and stark volcanic hillsides that seem transported from another planet. A Bali tour uncovers some of the world's best surfing spots, as well as a deeply spiritual local culture and globally significant archeological attractions.

Lombok travel guide

4.1
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
An island similar in size to neighboring Bali, Lombok offers a more untouched landscape with a powerful feeling of seclusion, plus oceanic plant and animal life. Balancing backpacker and resort-goer interests, the island blends beach resorts with rugged, volcanic landscapes, offering sunbathing and hiking opportunities aplenty. The region sports prime wave action, which many guests come for. The lowlands region of the island features fields and forests where rice, soybeans, coffee, coconuts, and bananas are cultivated.