31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand holiday planner

Plan created by another user.Make it yours

Route & dates

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h 45 min
2
Waiheke Island
— 2 nights
Ferry + Bus:  3 h
3
Hamilton
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
4
Raglan
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Waitomo Caves
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Mokau
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
New Plymouth
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
8
Wellington
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
9
Picton
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
10
Nelson
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
11
Takaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
12
Westport
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
13
Hokitika
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
14
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
15
Fox Glacier
— 1 day
Bus:  4 h 45 min
16
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 45 min
17
Invercargill
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
End: Auckland

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Orewa Beach and Hauraki Gulf. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Helier's Bay and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Horse Riding Warkworth (in Warkworth), Brick Bay Sculpture Trail (in Snells Beach) and Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway (in Orewa). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Takapuna Beach, appreciate the history behind Matakana War Memorial, learn about winemaking at Villa Maria Auckland Winery, and head outdoors with Matakana Beach Outfitters.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Auckland attractions planning tool.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Auckland. In May in Auckland, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Matakana, Orewa, Horse Riding Warkworth, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, Villa Maria Auckland Winery
Find places to stay May 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Brick Bay Sculpture Trail ©
Brick Bay Sculpture Trail
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island ©
Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, see the interesting displays at Whittaker's Musical Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Connells Bay Sculpture Park.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Waiheke Island day trip tool.

You can ride a ferry from Auckland to Waiheke Island in 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Waiheke Island when traveling from Auckland in May, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Outdoors Museums Tours
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Connells Bay Sculpture Park ©
Connells Bay Sculpture Park
Whittaker's Musical Museum ©
Whittaker's Musical Museum
Waiheke Community Art Gallery ©
Waiheke Community Art Gallery

2
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Bowl and Social has been added to your itinerary. On the 7th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Sapper Horace Moore-Jones commemorative statue, thenperfect your strike at Bowl and Social, thenexplore the activities along Lake Te Koutu, and finally get your game on at Avantidrome.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Waiheke Island to Hamilton in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Raglan.

Things to do in Hamilton

Fun & Games Spas Parks

Side Trip

Cambridge
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Avantidrome ©
Avantidrome
Lake Te Koutu ©
Lake Te Koutu

1
night
Raglan

Raglan ©
Raglan is a small beachside town located 48 km west of Hamilton, New Zealand on State Highway 23. On the 8th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruapuke Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Wainui Reserve, thentake an in-depth tour of Raglan & District Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Jet Collective.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Raglan road trip site.

Drive from Hamilton to Raglan in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Raglan

Parks Outdoors Museums
Find places to stay May 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Raglan & District Museum ©
Raglan & District Museum
Jet Collective ©
Jet Collective

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, relax in the rural setting at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, have some family-friendly fun at Kiwiana Leisure Park, thenpause for some photo ops at Statue of shearer, thensee the interesting displays at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition, and finally pause for some photo ops at Sir Colin Meads Statue.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves day trip tool.

Drive from Raglan to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Mokau.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Te Kuiti, Otorohanga
Find places to stay May 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Footwhistle Glowworm Cave ©
Footwhistle Glowworm Cave
Kiwiana Leisure Park ©
Kiwiana Leisure Park

2
nights
Mokau

Mokau ©
Mokau is a small town on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island, located at the mouth of the Mokau River on the North Taranaki Bight. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Three Sisters and then admire the sheer force of Waitanguru Falls. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Mokau Museum and Gallery.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mokau journey planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Mokau by car takes about 1.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Mon) before leaving for New Plymouth.

Things to do in Mokau

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Waitanguru Falls, Three Sisters
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Waitanguru Falls ©
Waitanguru Falls
Three Sisters ©
Three Sisters

3
nights
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Port Taranaki Walkway and Richmond Cottage. Step off the beaten path and head to Paritutu Rock and Back Beach. Step out of New Plymouth with an excursion to Dawson Falls in Egmont National Park--about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: get outside with Chaddy's Charters, pause for some serene contemplation at Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary, stroll around Tupare, and hike along Te Henui Walkway.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read New Plymouth trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mokau to New Plymouth takes 1.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Wellington.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dawson Falls
Find places to stay May 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Dawson Falls ©
Dawson Falls
Paritutu Rock ©
Paritutu Rock
Te Henui Walkway ©
Te Henui Walkway

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lyall Bay as well as Matiu / Somes Island. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mount Kaukau and Wellington City Walkways. Escape the urban bustle at Nga Manu Nature Reserve and Peka Peka Beach. Step out of Wellington to go to Paraparaumu and see Paraparaumu Beach, which is approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Pencarrow Coastal Trail, appreciate the history behind Paddy the Wanderer Monument, and take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rocks Reserve.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Wellington holiday maker tool.

Traveling by flight from New Plymouth to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Wellington, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Waikanae, Paraparaumu Beach
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Kaukau ©
Mount Kaukau
Matiu / Somes Island ©
Matiu / Somes Island
Paraparaumu Beach ©
Paraparaumu Beach

1
night
Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
You've now added Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Picton trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Wellington to Picton takes 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Picton are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nelson.

Things to do in Picton

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Railway Reserve, head outdoors with SUPSTAR, thenexplore the galleries of Wall To Wall Art Nelson, thenbrowse the exhibits of South Street Gallery, and finally try for a hole-in-one at Roadhogs Indoor Minigolf.

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

You can drive from Picton to Nelson in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Takaka.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay May 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Brook Waimarama Sanctuary ©
Brook Waimarama Sanctuary
Wall To Wall Art Nelson ©
Wall To Wall Art Nelson

2
nights
Takaka

Takaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Abel Tasman Coast Track. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Labyrinth Rocks. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Abel Tasman Coast Track.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Takaka journey planner.

Traveling by car from Nelson to Takaka takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Westport.

Things to do in Takaka

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Abel Tasman Coast Track
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Labyrinth Rocks ©
Labyrinth Rocks

1
night
Westport

Westport ©
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): sample the tasty concoctions at West Coast Brewery, thensee the interesting displays at Coaltown Museum, and then grab your bike and head to Charming Creek Walkway.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Westport day trip site.

Getting from Takaka to Westport by car takes about 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Westport

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Charming Creek Walkway
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Coaltown Museum ©
Coaltown Museum
Charming Creek Walkway ©
Charming Creek Walkway
West Coast Brewery ©
West Coast Brewery

1
night
Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): examine the collection at Westland Industrial Heritage Park, trek along Tunnel Terrace Walk, get engrossed in the history at Hokitika Museum, thentake in the exciting artwork at Hokitika Craft Gallery, thenexplore the galleries of Bonz 'N Stonz, and finally don't miss a visit to Hokitika Town Clock.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hokitika journey maker site.

Getting from Westport to Hokitika by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Hokitika

Museums Shopping Parks
Find places to stay May 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Westland Industrial Heritage Park ©
Westland Industrial Heritage Park
Hokitika Museum ©
Hokitika Museum
Bonz 'N Stonz ©
Bonz 'N Stonz

2
nights
Franz Josef

Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, enjoy some diversion at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting, stroll through Sentinel Rock Walk, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Peters Pool Walk, thengo for a walk through Tatare Tunnels Walk, and finally go for a walk through Callery Gorge Walk.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Franz Josef trip itinerary app.

Getting from Hokitika to Franz Josef by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Helicopter Tours
Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk
Callery Gorge Walk ©
Callery Gorge Walk

1
day
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 25th (Mon): head outdoors with Great Alpine Highway, trek along Moraine Walk, take in the pleasant sights at River Walk, thentrek along Minnehaha Walk, and finally browse the exhibits of ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Fox Glacier road trip website.

Fox Glacier is just a stone's throw from Franz Josef. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Great Alpine Highway
Find places to stay May 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Minnehaha Walk ©
Minnehaha Walk
Great Alpine Highway ©
Great Alpine Highway
River Walk ©
River Walk

2
nights
Wanaka

Wanaka ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): hike along Blue Pools Track, thenadmire all the interesting features of Haast Pass, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Fantail Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Gates of Haast. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Aitken's Folly Vineyard, see the interesting displays at The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop, and then tee off at Wanaka Golf Course.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip planner.

You can take a bus from Fox Glacier to Wanaka in 5.5 hours. On the 28th (Thu), you'll travel to Invercargill.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Haast Pass, Fantail Falls, Gates of Haast
Find places to stay May 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Haast Pass ©
Haast Pass
Blue Pools Track
Blue Pools Track
Fantail Falls ©
Fantail Falls

3
nights
Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Stewart Island Flights. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Colac Bay and St Pauls Presbyterian Church. Get some cultural insight at First Presbyterian Church and City Gallery. There's lots more to do: get outside with Splash Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Lignite Pit Cafe and Secret Garden, and pause for some photo ops at Burt Munro Statue.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Invercargill online trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Invercargill takes 4.5 hours. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Invercargill

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Colac Bay
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Colac Bay ©
Colac Bay
Splash Palace ©
Splash Palace
First Presbyterian Church ©
First Presbyterian Church

Similar Plans

30 days in Auckland BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 33 days in Australia, Auckland & Fiji BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 32 days in United States & Toronto BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 3 days in Auckland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, extra fast, popular sights Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Extra fast 3 days in Auckland BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 8 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, extra fast, popular sights Preferences: November, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Extra fast 13 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM INDIA October, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights Preferences: October, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 7 days in Auckland BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES October, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights Preferences: October, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 3 days in Auckland BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND October, kids, popular sights Preferences: October, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 7 days in Auckland BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 7 days in Auckland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, kids, popular sights Preferences: November, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in Auckland BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND September, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy
See more plans