30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  32​h
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
9
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Rome

3
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.
When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, approximately 1h 15 min away. On the 6th (Wed), hike the day away at Dusky Track. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, stroll through Gertrude Saddle, hike along Hollyford Track, and identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip planner.

Rome, Italy to Te Anau is an approximately 32-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Rome to Te Anau, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, and take in the awesome beauty at Coronet Peak.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planning tool .

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Spas

3
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Fox Glacier is known for nature, trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, trek along Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, and stroll through Mount Fox Route.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier trip builder app .

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Go for a jaunt from Mt. Cook Village to Lake Tekapo to see Lake Tekapo about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, hike along Governors Bush Walk, stroll through Mueller Hut Route, and fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village by car takes about 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

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nights
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.
On the 16th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then get outside with Great Alpine Highway, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Hapuka Estuary Walk, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Wellington itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Wellington with the Route module. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Wellington Botanic Garden
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, & more). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, have fun at Clay Break Taupo, stop by Souvenir Outlet, and get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Taupo day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Whakapapa is known for winter sports, nature, trails, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, hike along Taranaki Falls, and explore the activities along Tama Lakes.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Whakapapa road trip planning website .

You can drive from Taupo to Whakapapa in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

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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 24th (Sun): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, take a memorable tour with Tours, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Caveworld, then head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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

You can drive from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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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.
Step out of Paihia with an excursion to Tapeka Point Track in Russell--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island, and look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia attractions planning app .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Paihia by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Tapeka Point Track
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club

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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.
On the 29th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, take an in-depth tour of Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Sky Tower.

For maps and other tourist information, use the Auckland holiday builder app .

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. November in Auckland sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Nature
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

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