46 days in New Zealand Itinerary

46 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Drive to Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Fly to Queenstown International Airport
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Queenstown
— 5 nights
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Paihia
— 5 nights
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Auckland
— 3 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 5 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 4 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Christchurch
— 2 nights
Bus
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 4 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 5 nights
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Drive to Queenstown International Airport, Fly to Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Drive to Bilaspur

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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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get interesting insight from Tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Nomad Safaris.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Queenstown tour itinerary builder website.

Bilaspur, India to Queenstown is an approximately 30-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bilaspur to Queenstown is 6.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Whangarei (Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve & Bream Head Coast Walks). Spend a day of island exploring on the 9th (Tue) at Urupukapuka Island. Spend the 10th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take a memorable tour with Tours, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and stop by Paihia Bookshop.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Paihia online tour planner.

Fly from Queenstown to Paihia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo, get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

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Waitomo Caves

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.
Go for a jaunt from Waitomo Caves to Pukeatua to see Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves sightseeing planner.

Getting from Auckland to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Mount Maunganui Summit Track (in Mount Maunganui), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and McLaren Falls Park (in Tauranga). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, get interesting insight from Tours, make a trip to Te Puia, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip builder site.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Taupo

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, and take in the natural beauty of Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Taupo day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 28th (Sun), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 29th (Mon), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Tongariro Northern Circuit, make a trip to Mead's Wall, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, and explore and take pictures at Ohakune Old Coach Road.

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You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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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.
On the 2nd (Fri), examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, then get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, and then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington road trip planner.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Wellington by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Christchurch

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 4th (Sun), see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally enjoy some diversion at Margaret Mahy Family Playground. Keep things going the next day: catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Christchurch trip planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Wellington in April, expect little chillier with lows of 8°C in Christchurch. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Museums · Parks

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Explore Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)'s surroundings by going to Sentinel Rock Walk (in Franz Josef) and Fox Glacier (River Walk, Fox Glacier South Side Walk, &more).

Take the guesswork out of planning a Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Bowen Falls about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 12th (Mon), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, get outside with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Te Anau driving holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
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.