31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  26​h 30​min
1
Auckland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Hahei
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Nelson
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 30​min
8
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Queenstown
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
10
Te Anau
— 4 nights
11
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
12
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
13
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly:  28​h
End: London

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.
Devonport has been added to your itinerary. Holy Trinity Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Muriwai Gannet Colony and Butterfly Creek. Step out of Auckland with an excursion to Stockade Hill in Howick--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, steep yourself in history at Howick Historical Village, and do a tasting at Foxes Island.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Auckland tour itinerary app .

London, UK to Auckland is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 12 hour difference. When traveling from London in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Stockade Hill, Muriwai Gannet Colony, Browns Bay Beach
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:
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Devonport ©
Devonport
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony

2
nights
Hahei

Hahei ©
To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hahei travel planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Paihia to Hahei. In November, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You'll set off for Taupo on the 25th (Mon).

Things to do in Hahei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Hot Water Beach
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:
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Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk

2
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Taupo Museum and Tukairangi Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Huka Falls Walkway and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taupo: Rotorua (Thermal Spas, Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, & more). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kinloch Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hahei to Taupo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Rotorua, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:
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Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park

3
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.
Hobbiton Movie Set has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Head underground at Caveworld, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves itinerary tool .

You can drive from Taupo to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Mounds Walk, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt, then admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and finally trek along Taranaki Falls.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:
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Te Porere Redoubt ©
Te Porere Redoubt
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

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.
On the 4th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, sample the tasty concoctions at Garage Project, explore the activities along Oriental Bay, then get around town with Wellington Cable Car, and finally take a stroll through Cuba Street District.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Wellington itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December in Wellington, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's

1
day
Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Queen's Gardens, examine the collection at World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Nelson Provincial Museum, then stop by Frock & Soul, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nelson road trip planner .

You can fly from Wellington to Nelson in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Nelson

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Nelson Provincial Museum ©
Nelson Provincial Museum
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Wildlife Centre, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier, and then view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of River Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, then trek along Franz Josef Glacier, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier online holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Nelson to Fox Glacier takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

1
night
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown planner .

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:
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Zipline
Spas
Silver Fern Gallery ©
Silver Fern Gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Te Anau, then see the interesting displays at Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum, then explore the activities along Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and finally appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound and then explore the activities along Milford Sound.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau holiday app .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

2
nights
Dunedin

Dunedin ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Waikouaiti Beach. Keep things going the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Speight’s Brewery, then explore the historical opulence of Larnach Castle & Gardens, then take in the dramatic natural features at Otago Peninsula, and finally admire all the interesting features of The Royal Albatross Centre.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Dunedin trip maker website .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Dunedin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Waikouaiti Beach
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Otago Peninsula ©
Otago Peninsula
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens
Waikouaiti Beach ©
Waikouaiti Beach

2
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hooker Valley Track, then explore the activities along Lake Tekapo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Good Shepherd, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Glencoe Walk.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village online route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Dunedin to Mt. Cook Village. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre ©
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Canterbury Museum and Christchurch Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Pegasus Bay Winery, appreciate the history behind Diminish and Ascend, and don't miss a visit to Cardboard Cathedral.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Christchurch. In December, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. On the 19th (Thu), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:

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