31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Igdir
Fly:  38 h
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus:  6 h 15 min
3
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
5
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
9
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
10
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly:  35 h
End: Igdir

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, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown day trip planning site.

Igdir, Turkey to Queenstown is an approximately 38-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Armenia Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 8 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 20:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
iFLY Queenstown ©
iFLY Queenstown

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Te Anau side-trips: Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Milford sound Hwy). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mitre Peak, explore the activities along Milford Sound, examine the collection at Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Te Anau trip builder site.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Mitre Peak
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 24:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Mitre Peak ©
Mitre Peak
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

3
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier South Side Walk, River Walk, &more).

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip tool.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

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

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Hapuka Estuary Walk
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 27:
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route
Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, thenpause for some photo ops at John Plimmer Statue, thensteep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, thenget to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Wellington takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In June in Wellington, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 29:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, stroll through Taranaki Falls, and go for a walk through Mead's Wall.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park trip planning site.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 2:
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Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Joan Williamson Rose Garden) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, contemplate the long history of Te Puia, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip planner.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 5:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

1
night
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, thenadmire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens, and then join the crowd at Rally Drive NZ.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamilton online journey builder.

Getting from Rotorua to Hamilton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Museums
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thenHead underground at Caveworld, and finally pause for some photo ops at Sir Colin Meads Statue. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, relax in the rural setting at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, Head underground at Aranui Cave, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk, and finally experience rural life at Roselands Farm Park.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves day trip planning website.

Drive from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Otorohanga, Sir Colin Meads Statue
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Caveworld ©
Caveworld
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paihia: Russell (Tapeka Point Track & Pompallier Mission and Printery). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, grab your bike and head to Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, and learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Paihia vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Waitangi Mountain Bike Park
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery
Waitangi Mountain Bike Park ©
Waitangi Mountain Bike Park

3
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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, get impressive views of Mount Eden, and explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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