31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
2
Te Anau
— 5 nights
3
Queenstown
— 5 nights
4
Paihia
— 3 nights
5
Auckland
— 1 night
6
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
7
Rotorua
— 4 nights
8
Taupo
— 4 nights
9
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
10
Wellington
— 1 night

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Minnehaha Walk, Helicopter Tours, &more) and Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef).

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip itinerary planner.

Wellington to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier
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Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Te Anau: Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Rosco's Milford Kayaks). Spend the 24th (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, take in the pleasant sights at Punanga Manu o Te Anau, see the world from above with Southern Lakes Helicopters, and trek along The Chasm Walk.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau takes 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound
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Southern Lakes Helicopters ©
Southern Lakes Helicopters
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 29th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. There's much more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take in the awesome beauty at Coronet Peak.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown day trip tool.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

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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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a bird's-eye view with Skydive Bay of Islands, admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see the world from above with Salt Air.

Before you visit Paihia, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Paihia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Rainbow Falls
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Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Swim with Dolphins

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, examine the collection at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October in Auckland, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Shopping
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki ©
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

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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 6th (Tue): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then Head underground at Aranui Cave, then head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Aranui Cave
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing

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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.
When in Rotorua, make a side trip to see Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera, approximately Hinuera away. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua attractions planning app.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Hobbiton Movie Set, River Rafting & Tubing
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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Taupo

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: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, push the limits with an extreme tour, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Taupo itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Next up on the itinerary: hit the best photo ops around with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and stroll through Taranaki Falls.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Wellington holiday builder.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. October in Wellington sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation
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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
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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