46 days in New Zealand Itinerary

46 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Queenstown
— 5 nights
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Te Anau
— 6 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
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Christchurch
— 2 nights
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Wellington
— 3 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
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Taupo
— 5 nights
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Rotorua
— 5 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Hamilton
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Whangarei
— 2 nights
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Paihia
— 5 nights
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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.
Step out of Queenstown to go to Gibbston and see Kawarau Suspension Bridge, which is approximately 32 minutes away. On the 20th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. There's much more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, take a memorable tour with Tours, and do a tasting at Peregrine Wines.

To see ratings and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Queenstown. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

6
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound (about 1 hour away). Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring at Doubtful Sound. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and play a few rounds at Te Anau Golf Club.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Te Anau day trip planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

3
nights

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

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Christchurch.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

2
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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 2nd (Tue), enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground. On your second day here, enjoy the views from TranzAlpine Train.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch day trip planning website.

Traveling by bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch takes 4.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Parks · Museums

3
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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.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, and admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Wellington trip itinerary site.

Getting from Christchurch to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Wellington. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

3
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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, and hike along Te Porere Redoubt.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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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: hike along Huka Falls Walkway, take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, and let the kids burn off some steam at Huka Prawn Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks

5
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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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

2
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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.
On the 20th (Sat), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, then take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, and finally snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then Head underground at Caveworld, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves journey maker tool.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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Hamilton

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens, don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, and then let little ones run wild at Memorial Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): examine the collection at Waikato Museum, get to know the resident critters at Hamilton Zoo, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Te Awa The Great New Zealand River Ride.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Hamilton are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

2
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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.
On the 24th (Wed), get impressive views of Rangitoto Island, take in the waterfront activity at Viaduct Harbour, then don't miss a visit to SkyTower, and finally stop by Pauanesia. Keep things going the next day: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then walk around Auckland Domain.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland day trip website.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Auckland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Hamilton in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Auckland, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Whangarei.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wineries

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Whangarei

Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Manaia Track, trek along Bream Head Coast Walks, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Whangarei Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at The Kauri Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Whangarei Quarry Gardens, and then take a stroll through Town Basin.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Whangarei tour planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Whangarei in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

5
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Tapeka Point Track). Spend the 29th (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia trip site.

Getting from Whangarei to Paihia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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.