43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly
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Queenstown
— 5 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Shuttle
7
Taupo
— 5 nights
Drive
8
Rotorua
— 5 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive
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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
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Whangarei
— 1 night
Drive
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Paihia
— 5 nights
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Queenstown

— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Peregrine Wines. Step out of the city life by going to Off-Road Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's lots more to do: trek along Ben Lomond Track, tee off at Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown, grab your bike and head to Lake Hayes Walkway, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Crichton Loop Track.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planning tool.

Brussels, Belgium to Queenstown is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 11 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

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Te Anau

— 5 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Doubtful Sound and Mirror Lakes Walk. Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Te Anau and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Change things up with these side-trips from Te Anau: Milford Sound (Milford sound Hwy & Homer Tunnel). On the 7th (Mon), hike the day away at Kepler Track. The adventure continues: hike along The Chasm Walk and play a few rounds at Te Anau Golf Club.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau online tour itinerary maker.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 3 nights
Take a break from the city and head to Hooker Valley Track and Spas. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to West Coast Wildlife Centre and Callery Gorge Walk. Change things up with these side-trips from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier South Side Walk, Helicopter Tours, &more).

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) day trip planning site.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

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

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Christchurch

— 2 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Riccarton House & Bush, explore the striking landscape at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), and then experience the excitement of Velocity Karts. Keep things going the next day: visit Port Hills, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and then fulfill a lifelong dream with Leisure Tours.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch road trip website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch. In November in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Wellington

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Bolton Street Cemetery, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, then contemplate the long history of Old St Paul's, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Wellington online trip builder.

You can fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Wellington, with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

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Tongariro National Park

— 4 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Take a break from the city and head to Tawhai Falls and Taranaki Falls. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mangawhero Falls and Rotopounamu Track. Change things up with a short trip to Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead in Ohakune (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Tama Lakes, stroll through Tongariro Northern Circuit, and hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

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Taupo

— 5 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Huka Falls Walkway and Great Lake Trail. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Taupo Museum and Lava Glass. Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Turangi (Tongariro River Trail & River Rafting & Tubing). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, admire all the interesting features of Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo trip itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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Rotorua

— 5 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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Volcanic Hills Winery and Eat Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Papamoa Beach (in Papamoa) and Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Base Track & Mount Maunganui Summit Track). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rotorua trip planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

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Waitomo Caves

— 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.
On the 29th (Tue), get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours and then see the interesting displays at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Aranui Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and then Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip builder app.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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Hamilton

— 1 night

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): grab your bike and head to Te Awa The Great New Zealand River Ride, surround yourself with nature on Cornerstone Alpaca Farm, and then grab your bike and head to Hamilton Cycleways.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hamilton trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Auckland

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): see some colorful creatures with Performance Diver NZ, then stroll through Takapuna Beach, and then kick back and relax at Mission Bay Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Auckland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. December in Auckland sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Whangarei.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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Whangarei

— 1 night
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Packard Motor Museum, then head outdoors with Hatea Loop, and then wander the streets of Town Basin.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Whangarei online holiday maker.

You can drive from Auckland to Whangarei in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Whangarei

Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Paihia

— 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation.. Step off the beaten path and head to Paihia Harbour and The Parrot Place. Venture out of the city with trips to Kerikeri (Manginangina Kauri Walk & Puketi Nature Trail) and Russell (Russell Nature Walks, The Strand Beach, &more). It doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with She's a Lady Sailing Adventures and stroll around Waitangi Mountain Bike Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Whangarei to Paihia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.