32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Devonport
— 10 nights
Drive
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Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotorua
— 1 night
Fly
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Wellington
— 1 night
Ferry to Picton, Drive to Kaikoura
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Kaikoura
— 1 night
Drive
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Christchurch
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 1 night
Drive
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
Drive
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Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly
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Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
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Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive
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Devonport
— 4 nights

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Devonport

— 10 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Devonport: Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth), Bohemian Museum (in Puhoi) and Brick Bay Sculpture Trail (in Snells Beach).

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Devonport attractions planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In July in Devonport, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Devonport

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 12:

Hamilton

— 1 night

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the 12th (Mon), examine the collection at Waikato Museum, then stroll around Hamilton Lake Domain, and then stroll around Hamilton Gardens.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton route tool.

You can drive from Devonport to Hamilton in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

Rotorua

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Michael's Catholic Church.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hamilton to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Wellington

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

Kaikoura

— 1 night
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): stop by Kaikoura Cheese, trek along Ohau Stream Walk, and then don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Art & Design Gallery and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kaikoura driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Wellington to Kaikoura takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 16:

Christchurch

— 3 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch online vacation planner.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): trek along Glencoe Walk, stroll through Ski The Tasman, then hike along Kea Point Track, and finally look and learn at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then trek along Minnehaha Walk.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) day trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

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

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 20:

Queenstown

— 6 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 Queenstown to go to Cardrona and see UnderDog Sled Dog Tours, which is approximately 52 minutes away. On the 23rd (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. On the 25th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and stroll through Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Queenstown online journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Queenstown. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 26:

Christchurch

— 1 night

Garden City

On the 26th (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, then make a trip to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, and then make a trip to Cardboard Cathedral.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch itinerary app.

Fly from Queenstown to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 27:

Wellington

— 1 night

Harbour Capital

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): meet the residents at Wellington Zoo, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington holiday builder.

Getting from Christchurch to Wellington by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 8°C in Wellington. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to fly to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 28:

Rotorua

— 1 night

Sulphur City

On the 29th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at Wikitoria Maori Healing and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Devonport.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Spas
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 29:

Devonport

— 4 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Devonport side-trips: Villa Maria Tasting Room (in Mangere), Waiwera Thermal Resort & Spa (in Waiwera) and Orewa Beach (in Orewa). Explore Devonport further: take in nature's colorful creations at Auckland Botanic Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach, and stop by Miller Road Fragrance Studio.

Discover how to plan a Devonport trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Devonport takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rotorua in July: highs in Devonport hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Devonport

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 2:

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.