32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  26 h
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Bus:  6 h 15 min
3
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h
5
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
8
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly:  22 h 15 min
End: Toronto

3
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, enjoy some diversion at Break One, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown trip tool.

Toronto, Canada to Queenstown is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Queenstown is 17 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 2:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Boat Tours & Water Sports

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Te Anau: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, go for a walk through Punanga Manu o Te Anau, appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument, and trek along The Chasm Walk.

Plan trip to Te Anau with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Bowen Falls, Hollyford Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 7:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

4
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Franz Josef (West Coast Wildlife Centre, Franz Josef Glacier, &more) and Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Fox Glacier South Side Walk, &more).

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Wellington.

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

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Fox Glacier
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 11:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

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.
On the 12th (Thu), ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and then identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Wellington takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or ride a ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Step out of Tongariro National Park to go to Turangi and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, admire the sheer force of Mangawhero Falls, and get to know the fascinating history of Ohakune Old Coach Road.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park route planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 16:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

4
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Maori Rock Carvings, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, have some family-friendly fun at OGO Rotorua, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, get interesting insight from Tours, then Head underground at Caveworld, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves day trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 22:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

3
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.
Take a break from Paihia with a short trip to Tapeka Point Track in Russell, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, step off the mainland to explore Urupukapuka Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and don't miss a visit to KeriKeri New Zealand.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Paihia day trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tapeka Point Track, KeriKeri New Zealand
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 25:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island

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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, meet the residents at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, do a tasting at Foxes Island, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Auckland route app.

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island

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