43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Te Anau
— 5 nights
2
Queenstown
— 6 nights
3
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
4
Christchurch
— 3 nights
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
6
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
7
Taupo
— 5 nights
8
Rotorua
— 5 nights
9
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
10
Auckland
— 2 nights
11
Paihia
— 4 nights

5
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Boat Tours & Water Sports) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mitre Peak.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau travel itinerary planner.

Metzingen, Germany to Te Anau is an approximately 37-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 11 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Westray Adventures - Horse Treks & Quad Tours ©
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cardrona (UnderDog Sled Dog Tours & Cardrona Distillery). On the 8th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. On the 11th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. The adventure continues: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines.

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

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Cardrona
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Minnehaha Walk, Skydive Fox Glacier, &more) and Franz Josef (Franz Josef Glacier & Sentinel Rock Walk).

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Christchurch.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef
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Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 18th (Sat), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, take a stroll around The Arts Centre, go from sight to sight with Christchurch Gondola, and trot along with Rubicon Valley Tourist Centre.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip maker site.

Traveling by bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch takes 4.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Christchurch are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Museums
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, then get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old St Paul's, then pause for some photo ops at National War Memorial, and finally appreciate the history behind John Plimmer Statue.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Wellington online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Wellington when traveling from Christchurch in September, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
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To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu ©
Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu

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Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Huka Falls Walkway, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Taupo online travel route builder.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 29:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Rotorua

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.
When in Rotorua, make a side trip to see Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera, approximately Hinuera away. And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, see Off Road NZ, trot along with a tour on horseback, and explore and take pictures at Te Puia.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua day trip planning app.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rotorua are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Off Road NZ, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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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.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, relax in the rural setting at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, and identify plant and animal life at Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves visit planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Otorohanga
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

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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.
On the 8th (Fri), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally don't miss a visit to SkyTower. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, and then kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Auckland route builder site.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Auckland are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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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.
Take a break from Paihia with a short trip to Pompallier Mission and Printery in Russell, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get close to the beloved marine mammals with Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Day Tours, and learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Paihia trip planner.

Drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Pompallier Mission and Printery
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Salt Air ©
Salt Air
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery

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