35 days in New Zealand Itinerary

35 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Paihia
— 4 nights
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Wanaka
— 4 nights
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
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Dunedin
— 2 nights
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Christchurch
— 1 night
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Taupo
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 5 nights
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Auckland
— 4 nights

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Waitangi Treaty Grounds and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station. Explore hidden gems such as Paihia Harbour and Rainbow Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve) and Kawiti Caves (in Kawakawa). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Bay of Islands, do sightseeing your way with Salt Air, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews and tourist information, read our Paihia trip planning app.

Toronto, Canada to Paihia is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Toronto to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Roys Peak Track and Mount Iron Track. Get in touch with nature at Wanaka and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hit the best photo ops around with Ridgeline Adventures, and see the interesting displays at National Transport and Toy Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Wanaka driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Wanaka takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 5:
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Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Visiting Arrowtown Village and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Queenstown Hill and Nomad Safaris. The adventure continues: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, get to know the fascinating history of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, hike along Ben Lomond Track, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown road trip planning website.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 9:
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Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Real Journeys and Lake Te Anau. Step out of the city life by going to The Chasm Walk and Southern Lakes Helicopters. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Te Anau: Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Milford sound Hwy). On the 11th (Sat), hike the day away at Kepler Track. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, trek along Gertrude Saddle, and go for a walk through Punanga Manu o Te Anau.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track
Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy

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Dunedin

Dunedin ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden, then engage your brain at Otago Museum, then examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and finally hike along Tunnel Beach Track. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, then make a trip to The World's Steepest Street, then pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago, and finally identify plant and animal life at Penguin Place.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dunedin road trip site.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Dunedin in 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum
Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©

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 16th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at Air Force Museum of New Zealand, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then examine the collection at Quake City, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Dunedin to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Fun & Games · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Air Force Museum of New Zealand ©
Air Force Museum of New Zealand
Quake City ©
Quake City
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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Wellington

Wellington

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 17th (Fri): examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, then contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay, and then get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, take some stellar pictures from Wellington Cable Car, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial, then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and finally see the sky in a new way at Space Place at Carter Observatory.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Wellington trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Christchurch to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Wellington when traveling from Christchurch in February, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial

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Taupo

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.
Get outdoors at Huka Falls Walkway and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Lake Taupo. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, explore the activities along Lake Taupo, examine the collection at Taupo Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo day trip site.

You can fly from Wellington to Taupo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Taupo Museum ©
Taupo Museum
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Kayaking & Canoeing

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Rotorua

Rotorua ©

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.
Get outdoors at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Horseback Riding Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Government Gardens and Buried Village of Te Wairoa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Base Track & Pilot Bay). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Kuirau Park, identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, push the limits with an extreme tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Lake Track.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Katoa Lake Rotorua ©
Katoa Lake Rotorua
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

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Auckland

Auckland ©

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and Wine Tours & Tastings. You'll explore and learn at Sculptureum and Museum of Transport and Technology. Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Clearyak (in Leigh), Tree Adventures (in Woodhill) and Piha Beach (in Piha). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Goat Island Marine Reserve, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, and steep yourself in history at Stockade Hill.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland route builder site.

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Auckland, with lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 2:
Highlights from your plan
Howick Historical Village ©
Howick Historical Village
Sculptureum ©
Sculptureum
Tree Adventures ©
Tree Adventures

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