41 days in United States, Male & New Zealand Itinerary

41 days in United States, Male & New Zealand Itinerary

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Male, Maldives
— 3 nights
Ferry to Male, Fly to New York City
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New York City, United States
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles, United States
— 6 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Male, Maldives

— 3 nights
The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
Male is known for shopping, wildlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), head off the coast to Hulhumale, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Friday Mosque, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Melbourne, Australia to Male is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Maldives Time (MVT) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in September, things will get warmer in Male: highs are around 36°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Male

Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

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New York City, United States

— 5 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Central Park, contemplate the long history of 9/11 Memorial, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the New York City trip site.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Male to New York City in 21.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Male to New York City is minus 10 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Male in September, with highs in New York City at 31°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in New York City

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Los Angeles, United States

— 6 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to San Diego (San Diego Automotive Museum & USS Midway Museum), Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park) and Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, and explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum.

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Traveling by flight from New York City to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Wed) before leaving for Auckland.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

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Auckland, New Zealand

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): examine the collection at Auckland Museum, then stroll around Auckland Domain, and then make a trip to SkyTower.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland travel route builder website.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Auckland takes 15.5 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 20 hour difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in October: highs in Auckland hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Parks
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Paihia, New Zealand

— 3 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.
Paihia is known for parks, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Auckland to Paihia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

— 2 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu and then hit the slopes at Turoa Ski Area. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Tongariro National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Taupo, New Zealand

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities, walk around Huka Prawn Park, and then look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip planner.

Take a shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Shopping
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Rotorua, New Zealand

— 3 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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, stroll through Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip planning site.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Rotorua are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then hike along Ruakuri Walk. On the next day, take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk and then get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Get out of town with these interesting Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) side-trips: Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Helicopter Tours, &more) and Spas (in Franz Josef).

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) vacation builder website.

Fly from Waitomo Caves to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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Te Anau, New Zealand

— 4 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.
Te Anau is known for nature, trails, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Milford Sound, indulge in some personalized pampering at Fiordland Massage Clinic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirror Lakes Walk, and hike along The Chasm Walk.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau trip itinerary app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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Queenstown, New Zealand

— 4 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.
On the 28th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
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United States travel guide

4.5
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

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.