31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand tour itinerary planner

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Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 5 nights
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Bus to Hokitika i-SITE, Fly to Wellington
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Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
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Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Paihia
— 4 nights
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Te Anau

— 5 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Milford Sound and Mirror Lakes Walk. On the 6th (Mon), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. On the 7th (Tue), hike the day away at Kepler Track. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Gertrude Saddle, get outside with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk.

You can plan Te Anau trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Te Anau is an approximately 34.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Te Anau due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 7:

Queenstown

— 3 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 the city life by going to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Kiwi Birdlife Park. Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown day trip planning website.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:

Fox Glacier

— 4 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Take a break from the city and head to Gillespies Beach and Moraine Walk. There's still lots to do: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, explore and take pictures at Franz Josef Glacier, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Fox Glacier online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Fox Glacier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:

Wellington

— 1 night

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 15th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington online trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fox Glacier to Wellington in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Tours · Transportation · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:

Tongariro National Park

— 4 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get in touch with nature at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit. Get a sense of the local culture at Active Outdoor Adventures and Tawhai Falls. And it doesn't end there: hike along Taranaki Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:

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.
Visiting Huka Falls Walkway and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, make a trip to Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, and explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo online road trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

Rotorua

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Te Puia and Rotorua Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua online tour planner.

Drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Rotorua sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

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 26th (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and then trek along Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours.

Plan a trip to Waitomo Caves easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Paihia

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Phantom Sailing and Paihia Harbour. Do some cultural sightseeing at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and St Paul's Anglican Church. Step out of Paihia with an excursion to Oneroa Bay in Russell--about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stroll around Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, and tee off at Waitangi Golf Club.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paihia travel route planning tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

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.