34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 3 nights
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Coromandel
— 1 night
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Raglan
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Rotorua
— 1 night
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Taupo
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Oakura
— 1 night
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New Plymouth
— 2 nights
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Wellington
— 1 night
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Abel Tasman National Park
— 3 nights
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Blenheim
— 1 night
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Westport
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Punakaiki
— 1 night
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Hokitika
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Franz Josef
— 1 night
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Haast
— 1 night
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Wanaka
— 2 nights
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Queenstown
— 7 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
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Dunedin
— 4 nights
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Moeraki
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Christchurch
— 3 nights

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Auckland — 3 nights

City of Sails

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 4th (Fri), stroll around Karekare Beach, identify plant and animal life at Muriwai Gannet Colony, and then identify plant and animal life at Muriwai Beach Horse Treks. On the next day, explore the landscape on two wheels at Nelson Street Cycleway, stroll through St. Helier's Bay, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Bay Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Takapuna Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Auckland road trip app.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Coromandel.
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Coromandel — 1 night

Coromandel is a town on the Coromandel Harbour, on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula, which is on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at New Chums Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Coromandel online holiday planner.

Getting from Auckland to Coromandel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Coromandel, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Raglan.
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Raglan

Raglan is a small beachside town located 48 km west of Hamilton, New Zealand on State Highway 23. On the 7th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Wainui Reserve.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Raglan trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Coromandel to Raglan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Raglan can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.
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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 7th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua online vacation planner.

You can drive from Raglan to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.
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Taupo

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kinloch Beach, and then hike along Great Lake Trail.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Taupo route builder.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Oakura.
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Oakura — 1 night

Oakura is a small township in New Plymouth District, Taranaki, in the western North Island of New Zealand. To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Oakura day trip site.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Oakura takes 4 hours. You'll set off for New Plymouth on the 9th (Wed).
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New Plymouth — 2 nights

Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 9th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Fenton Street Art Collective, then identify plant and animal life at The Goblin Forest, then walk around Tupare, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Te Henui Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Te Henui Walkway, then stroll through Back Beach, then stroll through Huatoki Walkway, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the New Plymouth day trip app.

New Plymouth is just a short distance from Oakura. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Wellington.
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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.
On the 11th (Fri), see Off-Road Tours, take a peaceful walk through Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Garage Project Cellar Door.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Wellington tour planner.

Fly from New Plymouth to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Wellington, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Abel Tasman National Park.
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Abel Tasman National Park — 3 nights

Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kaiteriteri Beach and Split Apple Rock. Take a break from the city and head to Tonga Island Marine Reserve and The Grove Scenic Reserve. There's much more to do: hike along Wainui Falls Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park, identify plant and animal life at Riwaka Resurgence, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Abel Tasman National Park day trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wellington to Abel Tasman National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Blenheim.
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Blenheim — 1 night

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Cloudy Bay, do a tasting at Te Whare Ra, learn about winemaking at Gibson Bridge Vineyard, then learn about winemaking at Nautilus Estate, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Wither Hills Mountainbike Park.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Blenheim sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Blenheim. November in Blenheim sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Westport.
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Westport

Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stroll through Coalbrookdale Walk.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Westport holiday builder.

Drive from Blenheim to Westport in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Punakaiki.
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Punakaiki — 1 night

Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): trek along Pororari River Track.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Punakaiki road trip website.

Traveling by car from Westport to Punakaiki takes an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hokitika.
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Hokitika

Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): hike along Ross Water Race Walkway, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach, and then hike along Tunnel Terrace Walk.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hokitika trip planner.

Getting from Punakaiki to Hokitika by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Franz Josef.
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Franz Josef — 1 night

Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Franz Josef travel route builder site.

Getting from Hokitika to Franz Josef by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Haast.
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Haast — 1 night

Haast is an area in the Westland District territorial authority on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take an exotic tour of Waiatoto River Safari.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Haast trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Franz Josef to Haast in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Wanaka.
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Wanaka — 2 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wanaka and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: hike along Isthmus Peak Track, learn about winemaking at Aitken's Folly Vineyard, stop by Outside Sports Wanaka, and stroll through Rob Roy Track.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Haast to Wanaka. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.
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Queenstown — 7 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.
Get outdoors at Ben Lomond Track and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Moke Lake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queenstown: Chard Farm Winery (in Gibbston), Cardrona Bra Fence (in Cardrona) and Real Country (in Kingston). There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Park, grab your bike and head to Queenstown Trail, and tee off at Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown day trip planning site.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).
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To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Queenstown to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). You will leave for Lake Tekapo on the 28th (Mon).
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Lake Tekapo — 1 night

Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
On the 29th (Tue), play a few rounds at The Cairns Alpine Resort and Golf Course, then see Off-Road Tours, then look for all kinds of wild species at Gem Alpaca Stud, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Lake Tekapo with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Dunedin.
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Dunedin — 4 nights

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Otago Peninsula and St Clair Beach. Step out of the city life by going to The Royal Albatross Centre and Fishing Charters & Tours. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Karitane Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aramoana Beach, take a memorable drive along Organ Pipes Track, and browse the exhibits of Happy Hens.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Dunedin trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Lake Tekapo to Dunedin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Moeraki.
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Moeraki

Moeraki is a small fishing village on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Moeraki trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Dunedin to Moeraki in 1.5 hours. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll travel to Christchurch.
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) and Corsair Bay. Explore hidden gems such as Riccarton House & Bush and Room Escape Games. Spend the 4th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: make a trip to Cardboard Cathedral, wander the streets of Port Hills, and explore the striking landscape at Godley Head.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch online holiday planner.

Getting from Moeraki to Christchurch by car takes about 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Christchurch are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Tue) before leaving for home.
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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.
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Taranaki Region travel guide

4.3
Zoos · Scenic Walking Areas · Art Galleries
Under the watchful eye of Mount Taranaki, wild Taranaki Region welcomes visitors seeking an adventure holiday. The rugged coast boasts great surfing opportunities, while the quaint alpine towns offer slower-paced Taranaki vacation ideas. Head down one of the region's many rivers for a day of rafting or kayaking, or enjoy a gentle stroll along the coast. Then, of course, there's the small matter of the mountain, encouraging you to climb it (or at least venture up a little bit of the way).
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