30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand route planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Bus to Hokitika i-SITE, Fly to Wellington
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Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Taxi to Hamilton Airport, Fly to Whangarei Airport, Taxi to Paihia
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Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Auckland
— 1 night
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Te Anau

— 4 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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford--about 1h 15 min away. Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, relax and rejuvenate at Fiordland Massage Clinic, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planner.

Perth, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Perth to Te Anau, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 5:

Queenstown

— 4 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.
Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Bannock Brae in Cromwell--about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, push the limits with an extreme tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown road trip planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 9:

Fox Glacier

— 3 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Fox Glacier is known for trails, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, stroll through Minnehaha Walk, hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier trip site.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:

Wellington

— 2 nights

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 13th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On your second day here, stop by Fragrifert Parfumeur, the Victorian Perfumery, identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, then ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally appreciate the history behind John Plimmer Statue.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington online visit planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fox Glacier to Wellington in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:

Tongariro National Park

— 2 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): go for a walk through Mead's Wall, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, and then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt, then trek along Mounds Walk, then admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:

Taupo

— 4 nights

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: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, take in the natural beauty of Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Taupo online road trip planner.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 20:

Rotorua

— 4 nights

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.
Step out of Rotorua with an excursion to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, trot along with a tour on horseback, contemplate the long history of Government Gardens, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua route planning site.

Drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 24:

Waitomo Caves

— 2 nights
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 25th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, and then appreciate the history behind Statue of shearer.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves road trip app.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:

Paihia

— 3 nights
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.
Spend the 28th (Sun) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, go for a walk through Opua Forest Lookout Track, play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paihia day trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:

Auckland

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip builder site.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In November in Auckland, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Tours · Wineries · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 29 — 30:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
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.