30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
3
Taupo
— 4 nights
4
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
5
Wellington
— 1 night
6
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 4 nights
7
Te Anau
— 4 nights
8
Queenstown
— 3 nights
9
Paihia
— 3 nights
10
Auckland
— 2 nights

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip builder website.

Vancouver, Canada to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Vancouver to Waitomo Caves, you'll lose 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds

3
nights
Rotorua

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.
Step out of Rotorua to go to Hinuera and see Hobbiton Movie Set, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and don't miss a visit to Te Puia.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rotorua are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Okere Falls, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

4
nights
Taupo

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: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip maker site.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 15th (Tue), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 17th (Thu), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's much more to do: see the top attractions with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, trek along Ridge Track, stroll through Taranaki Falls, and admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

Plan a trip to Tongariro National Park easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

4
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Franz Josef (Terrace Walk, Franz Josef Glacier, &more) and Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier South Side Walk, ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, &more).

Start your trip to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

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

Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:
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Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Te Anau: Milford Sound (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Milford sound Hwy). On the 24th (Thu), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 25th (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, trek along Gertrude Saddle, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Marian Track.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Te Anau trip planner.

Take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau in 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

3
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Queenstown online tour itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

3
nights
Paihia

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Tapeka Point Track (in Russell) and Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve (in Whangarei). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Bay of Islands, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Paihia trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Paihia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

St James Anglican Church, Tapeka Point Track, Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Auckland travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January in Auckland, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nightlife
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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