36 days in New Zealand Itinerary

36 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Paihia
— 3 nights
2
Auckland
— 2 nights
3
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
4
Rotorua
— 4 nights
5
Taupo
— 5 nights
6
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
7
Wellington
— 2 nights
8
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
9
Queenstown
— 5 nights
10
Te Anau
— 4 nights

3
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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.
Take a break from Paihia with a short trip to Pompallier Mission and Printery in Russell, about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip itinerary planning website.

Metzingen, Germany to Paihia is an approximately 32-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from Metzingen to Paihia. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Pompallier Mission and Printery
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Salt Air ©
Salt Air
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery

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Auckland

Auckland ©
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 6th (Mon): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally make a trip to SkyTower. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, and then stroll through Cheltenham Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Auckland trip planner.

Getting from Paihia to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

3
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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.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, relax in the rural setting at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, and take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves day trip planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Otorohanga
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

4
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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.
When in Rotorua, make a side trip to see Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera, approximately Hinuera away. There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and see Off Road NZ.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Hobbiton Movie Set, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Off Road NZ
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

5
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Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Turoa Ski Area. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, capture your vacation like a pro with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt, and finally get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park trip itinerary site.

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Te Porere Redoubt ©
Te Porere Redoubt

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Wellington

Wellington
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, then admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at National War Memorial.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip builder site.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September in Wellington, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Fox Glacier South Side Walk, &more) and Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) online trip planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 5.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
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Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
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 54 minutes away. On the 27th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. On the 30th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and test your team's savvy at Escape Quest Queenstown.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown online trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Queenstown in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

UnderDog Sled Dog Tours
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

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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.
When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound, approximately Milford Sound away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mitre Peak, and relax and rejuvenate at Fiordland Massage Clinic.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Mitre Peak, Boat Tours & Water Sports
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Westray Adventures - Horse Treks & Quad Tours ©
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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