37 days in New Zealand Itinerary

37 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly to Queenstown International Airport, Drive to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 5 nights
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive
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Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly
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Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly
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New Plymouth
— 1 night
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Taxi to Hamilton Airport, Fly to Whangarei Airport, Taxi to Paihia
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Paihia
— 4 nights
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Auckland
— 1 night
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Te Anau

— 5 nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound (about 1h 5 min away). Spend the 14th (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 17th (Sun), hike the day away at Kepler Track. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, trek along The Chasm Walk, and identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau tour itinerary planner.

Raipur, India to Te Anau is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 18:

Queenstown

— 3 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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, trek along Ben Lomond Track, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip maker tool.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:

Fox Glacier

— 3 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fox Glacier: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Hooker Valley Track, Glencoe Walk, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, stroll through Minnehaha Walk, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fox Glacier vacation planner.

Drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:

Christchurch

— 1 night

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 25th (Mon), see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Christchurch in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:

Wellington

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, then ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, and then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington trip builder.

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 bus and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Wellington when traveling from Christchurch in January, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Transportation

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:

New Plymouth

— 1 night
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): get all the information you need at Puke Ariki, then take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, then stop by Giles Chocolatier, and finally get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the New Plymouth trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Wellington to New Plymouth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 28:

Tongariro National Park

— 4 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 29th (Fri), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 30th (Sat), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's lots more to do: stroll through Ohakune Old Coach Road, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, hike along Silica Rapids Track, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from New Plymouth to Tongariro National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:

Taupo

— 4 nights

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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, stop by Huka Honey Hive, and get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 5:

Rotorua

— 4 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Rotorua to Hinuera to see Hobbiton Movie Set about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Rotorua sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 9:

Waitomo Caves

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Keep things going the next day: trek along Ruakuri Walk, Head underground at Caveworld, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves vacation builder site.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 11:

Paihia

— 4 nights
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.
Spend the 13th (Sat) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Spend a day of island exploring on the 14th (Sun) at Urupukapuka Island. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, contemplate the long history of KeriKeri New Zealand, get in on the family fun at Action World, and admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read Paihia visit planning app.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 15:

Auckland

— 1 night

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 16th (Tue), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Auckland journey planner.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February in Auckland, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Tours · Wineries · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 16:

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.