31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Dunedin
— 2 nights
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
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Wanaka
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Christchurch
— 2 nights
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Kaikoura
— 2 nights
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Blenheim
— 2 nights
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Taupo
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
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Dunedin

— 2 nights

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
On the 12th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at The Royal Albatross Centre and then take in the dramatic natural features at Otago Peninsula. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the sky in a new way at Otago Museum, examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Speight’s Brewery.

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Chicago, USA to Dunedin is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Dunedin is 18 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

Te Anau

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Te Anau and The Chasm Walk. Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary maker app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Dunedin to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:

Wanaka

— 3 nights
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wanaka and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. And it doesn't end there: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, examine the collection at National Transport and Toy Museum, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Iron Track.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Wanaka itinerary maker site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Wanaka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Otago Central Rail Trail and Beer Tastings & Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: Misha's Vineyard Tasting Room (in Cromwell) and Glenorchy-Queenstown Road (in Mount Creighton). The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:

Christchurch

— 2 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): make a trip to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Hagley Park, walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and then see the interesting displays at Quake City.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Christchurch sightseeing site.

Getting from Queenstown to Christchurch by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Transportation
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

Kaikoura

— 2 nights
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stroll through Peninsula Seal Colony, stroll through Ohau Stream Walk, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: savor the flavors at Beer School, don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and then trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

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Drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

Blenheim

— 2 nights
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then examine the collection at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.

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You can drive from Kaikoura to Blenheim in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Blenheim can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, then contemplate the long history of Old St Paul's, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Blenheim to Wellington in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. October in Wellington sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:

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 1st (Wed), admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls and then hike along Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and then identify plant and animal life at Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Fly from Wellington to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:

Taupo

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave and Helicopter Tours. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Taupo online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Taupo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 5:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Waikite Valley Thermal Pools and River Rafting & Tubing. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui). The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, push the limits with an extreme tour, and take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To see photos and other tourist information, use the Rotorua day trip app.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 9:

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.