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
Drive
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): kick back and relax at Karekare Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Muriwai Gannet Colony, and then surround yourself with nature on Muriwai Beach Horse Treks. On the next day, grab your bike and head to Nelson Street Cycleway, kick back and relax at St. Helier's Bay, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Bay Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Takapuna Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary planning website.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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. On the 6th (Sun), stroll through New Chums Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Coromandel driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Coromandel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Coromandel. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Raglan.
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Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:
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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), look for all kinds of wild species at Wainui Reserve.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Raglan trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Coromandel to Raglan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. November in Raglan sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride 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): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip planner.

You can drive from Raglan to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. In November in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Taupo.
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Find places to stay Nov 7 — 8:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Great Lake Trail.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Taupo itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car 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. For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Oakura visit planner.

Drive from Taupo to Oakura in 4 hours. You will leave for New Plymouth on the 9th (Wed).
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New Plymouth — 2 nights

Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Fenton Street Art Collective, look for all kinds of wild species at The Goblin Forest, then stroll around Tupare, and finally stroll the grounds of Te Henui Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: hike along Te Henui Walkway, then kick back and relax at Back Beach, then stroll through Huatoki Walkway, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our New Plymouth holiday planner.

New Plymouth is just a short distance from Oakura. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough 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.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Wellington driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from New Plymouth to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kaiteriteri Beach and Split Apple Rock. Take a break from the city and head to Tonga Island Marine Reserve and Wainui Falls Track. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Riwaka Resurgence, hike along The Grove Scenic Reserve, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and stroll through Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Abel Tasman National Park trip itinerary app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wellington to Abel Tasman National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Blenheim.
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Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:

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): do a tasting at Cloudy Bay, learn about winemaking at Te Whare Ra, then do a tasting at Gibson Bridge Vineyard, then learn about winemaking at Nautilus Estate, and finally stroll through Wither Hills Mountainbike Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Blenheim trip builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Abel Tasman National Park to Blenheim. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Westport.
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Find places to stay Nov 15 — 16:

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): hike along Coalbrookdale Walk.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Westport travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Blenheim to Westport takes 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. On the 16th (Wed), hike along Pororari River Track.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Punakaiki day trip app.

Getting from Westport to Punakaiki by car takes about an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hokitika.
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Find places to stay Nov 16 — 17:
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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): trek along Ross Water Race Walkway, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach, and then hike along Tunnel Terrace Walk.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Hokitika journey website.

Traveling by car from Punakaiki to Hokitika takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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 see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Franz Josef trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Hokitika to Franz Josef in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Haast.
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Find places to stay Nov 17 — 18:
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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.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Haast trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Franz Josef to Haast in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wanaka.
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Find places to stay Nov 18 — 19:
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Wanaka and Rob Roy Track. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. There's still lots to do: trek along Isthmus Peak Track, do a tasting at Aitken's Folly Vineyard, tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks, and stop by Outside Sports Wanaka.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Wanaka trip itinerary app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Haast to Wanaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to take a 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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Tiki Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Real Country (in Kingston), Chard Farm Winery (in Gibbston) and Cardrona Bra Fence (in Cardrona). The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, trot along with a tour on horseback, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).
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Plan a trip to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Queenstown to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). On the 28th (Mon), you'll travel to Lake Tekapo.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): play a few rounds at The Cairns Alpine Resort and Golf Course, see Off-Road Tours, then explore and take pictures at Gem Alpaca Stud, and finally explore the activities along Lake Tekapo.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lake Tekapo online visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Lake Tekapo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time 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.
Get in touch with nature at Otago Peninsula and St Clair Beach. Relax by the water at Karitane Beach and Aramoana Beach. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at The Royal Albatross Centre, cruise along Organ Pipes Track, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get some fabulous bargains at Happy Hens.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dunedin trip website.

Getting from Lake Tekapo to Dunedin by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Moeraki.
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Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 3:

Moeraki

Moeraki is a small fishing village on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Moeraki holiday builder website.

You can 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) and Riccarton House & Bush. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Corsair Bay. The adventure continues: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Fanfare - SCAPE Public Art, visit Port Hills, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Christchurch trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Moeraki to Christchurch in 4 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 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

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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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