37 days in New Zealand Itinerary

37 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific vacation builder

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Auckland
— 1 night
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Matamata
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 day
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wellington
— 1 night
Ferry
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Picton
— 1 night
Drive
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Blenheim
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nelson
— 2 nights
Drive
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Abel Tasman National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Maruia
— 1 night
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Westport
— 1 night
Drive
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Hokitika
— 1 night
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Franz Josef
— 2 nights
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Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
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Wanaka
— 2 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 4 nights
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 1 night
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the waterfront activity at Viaduct Harbour.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Auckland trip planner.

New York City, USA to Auckland is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from New York City to Auckland. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in March: highs in Auckland hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Matamata.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 4:
Highlights from your trip

Matamata

— 1 night
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. On the 5th (Sat), make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set and then head off the coast to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Firth Tower Estate and Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Wairere Falls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wairere Falls Track.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Matamata trip builder site.

You can drive from Auckland to Matamata in 2 hours. Traveling from Auckland in March, you will find days in Matamata are a bit warmer (73°F), and nights are a bit cooler (60°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Matamata

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 6:

Rotorua

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Te Puia, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Matamata to Rotorua takes an hour. In March, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 8:

Waitomo Caves

— 1 day
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.
On the 8th (Tue), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves and then stroll through Ruakuri Walk.

To plan Waitomo Caves vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 9:

Tongariro National Park

— 2 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:
Highlights from your trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington online tour planner.

Fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. March in Wellington sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 11:

Picton

— 1 night

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Picton trip itinerary planning tool.

You can ride a ferry from Wellington to Picton in 4 hours. March in Picton sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 57°F at night. On the 12th (Sat), you're off to Blenheim.

Things to do in Picton

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 12:

Blenheim

— 2 nights
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, then do a tasting at Cloudy Bay, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Blenheim attractions planning website.

Blenheim is just a stone's throw from Picton. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in March, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nelson.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

Nelson

— 2 nights

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): examine the collection at Nelson Classic Car Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Nelson Provincial Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tahunanui Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Centre of New Zealand, make a trip to The Suter Art Gallery Nelson, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Queen's Gardens.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nelson trip planner.

Getting from Blenheim to Nelson by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:

Abel Tasman National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): trek along Abel Tasman Coast Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiteriteri Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Abel Tasman National Park tour itinerary planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nelson to Abel Tasman National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Maruia.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:

Maruia

— 1 night
Maruia is a locality in the West Coast region of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): trek along St James Walkway and then cruise along Lewis Pass.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Maruia itinerary maker app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Abel Tasman National Park to Maruia. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Westport.

Things to do in Maruia

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

Westport

— 1 night
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. On the 19th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Foulwind Walkway and then take in the pleasant sights at The Old Ghost Road.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Westport road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Maruia to Westport takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Westport

Trails · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 20:

Hokitika

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): stroll through Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hokitika Gorge Walk.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hokitika trip tool.

Traveling by car from Westport to Hokitika takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 21:

Franz Josef

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): stroll through West Coast Wildlife Centre, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally explore and take pictures at Callery Gorge Walk. On the next day, hike along Sentinel Rock Walk, then hike along Roberts Point Track, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Franz Josef Glacier.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Franz Josef itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Hokitika to Franz Josef takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:

Fox Glacier

— 2 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, then hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and finally go for a walk through River Walk. On your second day here, go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier tour itinerary site.

Fox Glacier is very close to Franz Josef. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then explore the activities along Wanaka, and then hike along Mount Iron Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Wanaka travel planner.

You can take a bus from Fox Glacier to Wanaka in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 4 nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) is known for trails, childrens museums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hike along Hooker Valley Track, stroll through Kea Point Track, surround yourself with nature on Glacier Explorers, and get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip builder tool.

Explore your travel options from Wanaka to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Te Anau.

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

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 31:

Te Anau

— 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Boat Tours & Water Sports about 1 hour away. Spend the 1st (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and trek along The Chasm Walk.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 3:

Queenstown

— 2 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 parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiwi Birdlife Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Queenstown travel planner.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:

Auckland

— 1 night

City of Sails

Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, then examine the collection at Auckland Museum, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Auckland takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 6:

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.

Nelson-Tasman Region travel guide

4.4
Hiking Trails · Specialty Museums · Kayaking & Canoeing
Explore New Zealand at its very brightest in Nelson-Tasman Region, the country's sunniest area. Make the most of the fantastic visibility by sailing around the bays, kayaking up the creeks, and hiking the foothills to find picturesque vistas of the coast. With the climate ideal for farming, consider sampling some of the aromatic wines and delicious local seafood on your trip. Now recognized as one of the Southern Hemisphere's best craft-beer brewing regions, Nelson-Tasman Region offers enticing options for relaxation after a day of activity.