39 days in New Zealand Itinerary

39 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Paihia
— 2 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
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Hastings
— 2 nights
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Picton
— 2 nights
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Upper Moutere
— 1 night
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Wellington
— 3 nights
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Dunedin
— 3 nights
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Clyde
— 2 nights
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Queenstown
— 9 nights
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Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
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Christchurch
— 2 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.
On the 6th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church, stroll through Manginangina Kauri Walk, hike along Puketi Nature Trail, then surround yourself with nature on Russell Nature Walks, and finally contemplate the long history of Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip itinerary planning site.

London, UK to Paihia is an approximately 30-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from London to Paihia. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Swim with Dolphins
Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House
Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House

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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.
On the 8th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, then explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, don't miss a visit to Sir Colin Meads Statue, then examine the collection at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition, and finally appreciate the history behind Statue of shearer.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Government Gardens and Ohinemutu. Take a break from the city and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Kuirau Park. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, make a trip to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Lake Track, and trek along Tikitapu Nature Walk.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Rotorua vacation builder site.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Rotorua are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hastings.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 13:
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Government Gardens ©
Government Gardens
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

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Hastings

Hastings ©
Hastings is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Puketapu Loop - Hawke's Bay Trails, then do a tasting at Moana Park Estate Winery, and then trot along with Boutique Horsetreks.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hastings trip planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Hastings in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Picton.

Things to do in Hastings

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Boutique Horsetreks ©
Boutique Horsetreks
Moana Park Estate Winery ©
Moana Park Estate Winery

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Picton

Picton ©

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Queen Charlotte Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Nautilus Estate, then learn about winemaking at Bladen Wines, then do a tasting at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, and finally see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Picton route builder.

Getting from Hastings to Picton by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Picton can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Upper Moutere.

Things to do in Picton

Wineries · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Queen Charlotte Sound ©
Queen Charlotte Sound
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nautilus Estate ©
Nautilus Estate

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Upper Moutere

Upper Moutere ©
Upper Moutere is a locality in the Tasman District near Nelson at the top of New Zealand's South Island.HistoryAs early as 1839 the New Zealand Company had resolved to "take steps to procure German emigrants" and appointed a Mr Bockelman as agent of the Company in Bremen. On the 18th (Sat), tee off at Tasman Golf Club, do a tasting at Neudorf Vineyards, then get a taste of the local shopping with Michael Macmillan Sculptor and Country Homeware, and finally browse the exhibits of Woods & Co.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Upper Moutere visit app.

Drive from Picton to Upper Moutere in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Upper Moutere

Outdoors · Golf · Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Tasman Golf Club ©
Tasman Golf Club
Neudorf Vineyards ©
Neudorf Vineyards

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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.
Visiting Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden and Wellington City Walkways will get you outdoors. Visit Wellington Railway Station and Wright's Hill for their historical value. There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, take some stellar pictures from Wellington Cable Car, discover the deep blue sea with Dive Wellington, and see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip builder tool.

You can drive from Upper Moutere to Wellington in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in February, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Wellington

Find places to stay Feb 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Off-Road Tours
Wellington Railway Station ©
Wellington Railway Station

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Paul's Cathedral and First Church of Otago. You'll discover tucked-away gems like St Clair Beach and Dunedin Beach. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Knox Church, take in the architecture and design of University of Otago, and hike along Sandfly Bay Track.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Dunedin driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Dunedin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Clyde.

Things to do in Dunedin

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
First Church of Otago ©
First Church of Otago
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens

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Clyde

Clyde ©
Clyde is a small town in Central Otago, New Zealand with a population of 918 in 2006. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): get great views at The Bruce Jackson Lookout, do a tasting at Grey Ridge Vineyard, learn about winemaking at Weaver Estate Wines, browse the exhibits of Eade Gallery, then stop by Central Gourmet Galleria, and finally browse the exhibits of Alan Waters Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Clyde online visit planner.

You can drive from Dunedin to Clyde in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Clyde

Wineries · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Grey Ridge Vineyard ©
Grey Ridge Vineyard
Weaver Estate Wines ©
Weaver Estate Wines
Clutha River Cruises - One Day Cruise ©
Clutha River Cruises - One Day Cruise

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Wakatipu and Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kawarau Suspension Bridge and Brennan Wines. There's still lots to do: trek along Ben Lomond Track, get interesting insight from Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Crichton Loop Track, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Clyde to Queenstown takes 1.5 hours. You'll set off for Fox Glacier on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 7:
Highlights from your plan
Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown ©
Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway

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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Step out of the city life by going to Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier South Side Walk. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like River Walk and ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery. When in Fox Glacier, make a side trip to see Sentinel Rock Walk in Franz Josef, approximately Franz Josef away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Wildlife Centre, hike along Minnehaha Walk, take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk, and enjoy some diversion at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fox Glacier journey planner.

Drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
Helicopter Tours
West Coast Wildlife Centre ©
West Coast Wildlife Centre

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush, appreciate the history behind Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Corsair Bay, and finally wander the streets of Port Hills.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Christchurch by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush

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