43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Vancouver
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Bus:  4 h
2
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 4 nights
Bus:  6 h 15 min
3
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
4
Queenstown
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Taupo
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
9
Paihia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
10
Auckland
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Vancouver

3
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Change things up with these side-trips from Christchurch: Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train, take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, and have fun at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip planning tool.

Vancouver, Canada to Christchurch is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Christchurch, you'll lose 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Vancouver in May: high temperatures in Christchurch hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Parks

Side Trips

Ohinetahi Garden, Little River Gallery, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

4
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Explore Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)'s surroundings by going to Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef) and Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier South Side Walk, Helicopter Tours, &more).

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) visit planning site.

Traveling by bus from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

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

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier, Hapuka Estuary Walk
Find places to stay May 22 — 26:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

5
nights
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
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 these side-trips from Te Anau: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, go for a walk through Punanga Manu o Te Anau, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and trek along The Chasm Walk.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau travel route tool.

Take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Milford Foreshore Walk, Hollyford Track, Bowen Falls
Find places to stay May 26 — 31:
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

5
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, see Off-Road Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and enjoy some diversion at Break One.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Crown Range Road
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 5:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Spas

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Kereru Brewing Company in Upper Hutt (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, get great views at Wellington Cable Car, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington route site.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Wellington Botanic Garden, Kereru Brewing Company, Pataka Art + Museum
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

5
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taupo: Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre (in Ngongotaha) and Rotorua (Horseback Riding Tours, Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Huka Falls Walkway, push the limits with an extreme tour, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Taupo trip builder website.

You can fly from Wellington to Taupo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

4
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Change things up with a short trip to SLR - Vertigo Adventure Centre in Ohakune (about 1 hour away). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Ohakune Old Coach Road, admire the sheer force of Mangawhero Falls, trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park attractions planning site.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

SLR - Vertigo Adventure Centre
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Mangawhero Falls ©
Mangawhero Falls

3
nights
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.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, take a memorable tour with Tours, and explore the striking landscape at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Aranui Cave
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

5
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Four Sisters Walk (in Waipoua Forest), Russell (Tapeka Point Track & Pompallier Mission and Printery) and Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, do a tasting at Kapiro Vineyard, pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church, and admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Paihia itinerary maker app.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Paihia by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Four Sisters Walk, Tane Mahuta Walk, Haruru Falls
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas
Tane Mahuta Walk ©
Tane Mahuta Walk

4
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hamilton (Waikato Museum & Hamilton Gardens). There's still lots to do: make a trip to SkyTower, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and look for gifts at Pauanesia.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planner.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. June in Auckland sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hamilton, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

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