34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Bus:  33 h
1
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
3
Wanaka
— 3 nights
Bus:  4 h 45 min
4
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
5
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  8 h
6
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
9
Paihia
— 6 nights
Fly:  30 h
End: London

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Te Anau and Kepler Track. Get in touch with nature at Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Milford sound Hwy in Milford Sound, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, explore and take pictures at Punanga Manu o Te Anau, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip itinerary planning site.

London, UK to Te Anau is an approximately 33- hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Te Anau is 12 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Milford sound Hwy, Lake Gunn
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Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and One Mile Power House. Visiting Arrowtown Village and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: hike along Ben Lomond Track, walk around Village Green, don't miss a visit to Fallen Soldiers Memorial, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip website.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Arrowtown
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Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Roys Peak Track and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Wanaka and Blue Pools Track. There's lots more to do: trek along Mount Iron Track, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Wanaka online trip builder.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

2
nights
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 17th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier and then hike along Hooker Valley Track. On your second day here, take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk, then hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Fox Glacier online road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Hooker Valley Track, Franz Josef Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 19th (Sat), hike along Ohau Stream Walk, then make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and then trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then steep yourself in history at Fyffe House, then look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Kaikoura tour planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Kaikoura takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Visiting Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Mount Maunganui Base Track will get you outdoors. Government Gardens and Te Puia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Summit Track & Mt Maunganui Main Beach). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and hike along Tikitapu Nature Walk.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rotorua online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Kaikoura to Rotorua takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. December in Rotorua sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Okere Falls Track
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mount Ruapehu and Tongariro National Trout Centre. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Ohakune Old Coach Road. And it doesn't end there: trek along Taranaki Falls, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, stroll through Silica Rapids Track, and take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Trout Centre
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu

2
nights
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.
On the 28th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, and finally admire all the interesting features of Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Waitomo Caves tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Paihia Harbour and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Christ Church. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Russell (Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve & Pompallier Mission and Printery), Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi) and Waipoua Forest (Four Sisters Walk & Waipoua Forest). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, wander the streets of Town Basin, admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and contemplate the long history of KeriKeri New Zealand.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Whangarei, Russell, Waipoua Forest, Signal Station Track
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling

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