32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Anglican Church, trek along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, thenadmire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and finally take in the natural beauty of Te Waiariki Ngawha Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, thensteep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Paihia online day trip planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2.5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Te Waiariki Ngawha Springs
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, thenlook for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo, get impressive views of Mount Eden, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Auckland holiday planner.

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in Auckland, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

2
nights
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, thenhike along Ruakuri Walk, and finally snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, thenrelax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, thenrelax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, and finally head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip planning site.

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 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

4
nights
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 lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, make a trip to Te Puia, and learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Off Road NZ, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

4
nights
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, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, walk around Huka Prawn Park, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car 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
Boat Tours & Water Sports

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
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To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park road trip planning website.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu ©
Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, thenget engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally learn about all things military at National War Memorial.

For ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip itinerary site.

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. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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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 Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo

3
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Get out of town with these interesting Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) side-trips: Fox Glacier (Minnehaha Walk, Skydive Fox Glacier, &more).

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) tour itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Wellington to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 5.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

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

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Great Alpine Highway
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Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Boat Tours & Water Sports about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mitre Peak, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau in 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Boat Tours & Water Sports, Mitre Peak
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Westray Adventures - Horse Treks & Quad Tours ©
Mitre Peak ©
Mitre Peak
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

5
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: UnderDog Sled Dog Tours (in Cardrona) and Snow Farm NZ (in Wanaka). On the 24th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. On the 27th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and stop by Wilson Gallery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Queenstown tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

UnderDog Sled Dog Tours, Snow Farm NZ
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

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