42 days in New Zealand Itinerary

42 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rotorua
— 5 nights
2
Napier
— 3 nights
3
Wellington
— 5 nights
4
Picton
— 3 nights
5
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
6
Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
7
Dunedin
— 4 nights
8
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
9
Wanaka
— 6 nights
10
Queenstown
— 7 nights
11
New Plymouth
— 3 nights

5
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Spas. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, catch some excitement at 3D Trick Art Gallery, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, and explore the activities along Lake Rotorua.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rotorua driving holiday planner.

Auckland to Rotorua is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rotorua, with lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Napier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Horseback Riding Tours
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools ©
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
Volcanic Hills Winery ©
Volcanic Hills Winery

3
nights
Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Marine Parade and Mission Estate Winery. Step out of Napier with an excursion to Te Mata Peak in Hastings--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the exciting artwork at Birdwoods Gallery, take some stellar pictures from Bluff Hill Lookout, and learn about winemaking at Church Road Winery Cellar Door & Restaurant.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Napier online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Napier takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Napier

Wineries Parks Tours

Side Trips

Havelock North, Hastings
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Marine Parade ©
Marine Parade
Bluff Hill Lookout ©
Bluff Hill Lookout

5
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Southward Car Museum and Wellington Zoo. Change things up with these side-trips from Wellington: Paua World (in Carterton) and Masterton (The Alpaca Place & Pukaha National Wildlife Centre). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, explore the activities along Oriental Bay, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington journey builder site.

You can fly from Napier to Wellington in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Masterton, Paua World, Southward Car Museum
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Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
Southward Car Museum ©
Southward Car Museum
Staglands Wildlife Reserve ©
Staglands Wildlife Reserve

3
nights
Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Explore hidden gems such as Queen Charlotte Track and Queen Charlotte Sound. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Marlborough Sounds, take in the pleasant sights at Karaka Point Walk, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Picton day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Picton takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Picton

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Queen Charlotte Sound ©
Queen Charlotte Sound

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Seal Colony, look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese, thendon't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and finally trek along Ohau Stream Walk. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kaikoura online travel route planner.

Take a bus from Picton to Kaikoura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony

2
nights
Lake Tekapo

Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
On the 9th (Sun), relax in the rural setting at Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Shop, explore the activities along Lake Pukaki, thenexperience rural life at New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm, and finally identify plant and animal life at New Zealand Alpine Lavender. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the world from above with a helicopter tour and then go for a walk through Mount John University Observatory.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lake Tekapo travel route planner.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Lake Tekapo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Twizel, New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm, Lake Pukaki
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Helicopter Tours
Lake Pukaki ©
Lake Pukaki
Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Shop ©
Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Shop

4
nights
Dunedin

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Otago Museum and Penguin Place. Take a break from Dunedin with a short trip to Moeraki Boulders Beach in Oamaru, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Speight’s Brewery, admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden, and view the masterpieces at Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dunedin trip app.

Drive from Lake Tekapo to Dunedin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Dunedin

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

Moeraki Boulders Beach
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Rail Tours
Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum
First Church of Otago ©
First Church of Otago

1
night
Fox Glacier

A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 15th (Sat), take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk, thensee the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier travel app.

You can drive from Dunedin to Fox Glacier in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Spas Tours

Side Trip

Spas
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Spas
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
Helicopter Tours

6
nights
Wanaka

Wanaka ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Snow Farm NZ and Wanaka. And it doesn't end there: trot along with a tour on horseback, get outside with Wanaka Community Pool, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

You can plan Wanaka trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by bus from Fox Glacier to Wanaka takes 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Snow Farm NZ ©
Snow Farm NZ
Horseback Riding Tours

7
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
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 Break One and The Remarkables Ski Area. Venture out of the city with trips to Glenorchy Animal Experience (in Glenorchy), Cardrona Alpine Resort (in Cardrona) and Little Paradise Dream Garden (in Mount Creighton). On the 22nd (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. There's lots more to do: trek along Queenstown Hill, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, cruise along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, and view the masterpieces at Artbay Gallery.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown attractions planner.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Glenorchy Animal Experience, Cardrona Alpine Resort, Little Paradise Dream Garden
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 28:
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Break One ©
Break One
Cardrona Alpine  Resort ©
Cardrona Alpine Resort
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

3
nights
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Explore hidden gems such as Mount Taranaki and New Plymouth Coastal Walkway. Venture out of the city with trips to Forgotten World Highway (in Stratford) and Egmont National Park (Connett Loop Track & Mangaoraka Loop Track). There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at Brooklands Zoo, see the interesting displays at Te Henui Vicarage, meet the residents at Pukekura Park, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Vintage Industries.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read New Plymouth road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to New Plymouth takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Egmont National Park, Forgotten World Highway
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 31:
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Mount Taranaki ©
Mount Taranaki
Brooklands Zoo ©
Brooklands Zoo
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

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