31 days in New Zealand, Papeete & Bora Bora Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand, Papeete & Bora Bora Itinerary

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31 days in New Zealand, Papeete & Bora Bora Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru, India
Fly:  22 h 15 min
1
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
4
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9 h 15 min
5
Whakapapa, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
8
Paihia, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
9
Papeete, French Polynesia
— 1 day
Fly + Ferry:  2 h 45 min
10
Vaitape, French Polynesia
— 3 nights
Ferry + Fly:  12 h
11
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Bengaluru, India

3
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take a memorable tour with Tours, steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown tour planning app .

Bengaluru, India to Queenstown is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Bengaluru to Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Beer Tastings & Tours

3
nights
Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Fox Glacier is known for nature, trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier, stroll through Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach.

To plan Fox Glacier vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Fox Glacier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Step out of Mt. Cook Village to go to Lake Tekapo and see Lake Tekapo, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, hike along Red Tarns Track, stroll through Kea Point Track, and fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village road trip planner .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 25:
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

3
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

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 a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, trek along Hollyford Track, and look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hollyford Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

2
nights
Whakapapa, New Zealand

Whakapapa ©
On the 29th (Fri), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Whakapapa driving holiday website .

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Whakapapa with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

3
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and make a trip to Te Puia.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua journey tool .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
nights
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves day trip website .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Paihia, New Zealand

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.
On the 7th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia trip builder website .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Paihia by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Papeete.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
Papeete, French Polynesia

Papeete ©
The capital of French Polynesia, Pape'ete amounts to little more than a medium-sized town by Western standards, but it is still a thriving hub of culture and commerce.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, look for gifts at Viamiti Perles, and then explore the striking landscape at Point Venus.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Papeete online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Papeete takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Tahiti Time, which is usually a -22 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Vaitape.

Things to do in Papeete

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Point Venus, Museum of Tahiti and the Islands
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Point Venus ©
Point Venus
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ©
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands

3
nights
Vaitape, French Polynesia

Vaitape ©
Perched at the foot of Bora Bora's emerald peak, by the side of the deep blue central lagoon, Vaitape is breathtakingly beautiful.
Vaitape is known for wildlife, shopping, zoos & aquariums, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, view the masterpieces at Alain Despert, and stroll through Matira Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Vaitape trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Papeete to Vaitape takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Vaitape

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Bora Bora
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach
Mount Otemanu ©
Mount Otemanu

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nights
Auckland, New Zealand

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.
On the 13th (Fri), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo and then learn about winemaking at Foxes Island. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Auckland road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Vaitape to Auckland in 12 hours. You'll lose 22 hours traveling from Vaitape to Auckland due to the time zone difference. December in Auckland sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 15th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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