43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cape Reinga
— 1 night
Drive
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Kaitaia
— 1 night
Fly
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Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 1 night
Drive
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Invercargill
— 1 night
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Stewart Island
— 1 night
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Invercargill
— 1 night
Drive
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Dunedin
— 1 night
Fly
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Christchurch
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kaikoura
— 1 night
Drive
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Picton
Ferry
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Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive
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Matamata
— 1 night
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
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Auckland
— 3 nights

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Auckland

— 2 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Auckland Museum and Auckland Town Hall. Escape the urban bustle at Devonport and Piha Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, get impressive views of Rangitoto Island, and explore the galleries of Howick Historical Village.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Auckland road trip planning app.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Auckland. November in Auckland sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

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Paihia

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on Russell Nature Walks, see the interesting displays at Russell Museum, and then stroll through Oneroa Bay.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Paihia travel planner.

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Cape Reinga

— 1 night
Cape Reinga or Te Rerenga Wairua is the northwesternmost tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Tapotupotu Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Cape Reinga Lighthouse, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Te Paki Coastal Track.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Reinga road trip website.

You can drive from Paihia to Cape Reinga in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

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Kaitaia

— 1 night
Kaitaia is a town in the Far North District of New Zealand, at the base of the Aupouri Peninsula, about 160 km northwest of Whangarei. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take an exotic tour of Sand Safaris Cape Reinga 90 Mile Beach Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ninety Mile Beach.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kaitaia trip planner.

You can drive from Cape Reinga to Kaitaia in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Auckland.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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Auckland

— 2 nights

City of Sails

On the 8th (Mon), get impressive views of Mount Eden, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kaitaia to Auckland takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Nature · Museums · Parks
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Queenstown

— 2 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.
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and St Peter's Anglican Church will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Glenorchy-Queenstown Road and Parasailing & Paragliding. Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Wanaka (Lake Wanaka & Rippon Vineyard). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Central Art Gallery and learn about winemaking at Gibbston Valley Winery.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors · Nature

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Fox Glacier

— 3 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 12th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at West Coast Wildlife Centre, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, then take in the pleasant sights at River Walk, and then hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk.

Plan trip to Fox Glacier with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Queenstown

— 4 nights

Shallow Bay

Visiting Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Glenorchy-Queenstown Road will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Peregrine Wines and Chard Farm Winery. Enjoy Queenstown some more: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get outside with Outdoor Activities, get to know the fascinating history of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Wineries · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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Te Anau

— 1 night
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.
On the 18th (Thu), trek along The Chasm Walk and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Invercargill.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
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Invercargill

— 1 night
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian and then kick back and relax at Oreti Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Invercargill day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Invercargill. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Stewart Island.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Stewart Island

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): examine the collection at Rakiura Museum, then head off the coast to Ulva Island, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Stewart Island trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Invercargill to Stewart Island with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Invercargill.

Things to do in Stewart Island

Tours · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors
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Invercargill

— 1 night
On the 21st (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Waipapa Point Lighthouse and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oreti Beach. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Bill Richardson Transport World and then take an in-depth tour of E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Invercargill trip itinerary builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Stewart Island to Invercargill. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

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Dunedin

— 1 night

Edinburgh of the South

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Otago Museum, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Otago Peninsula.

To plan Dunedin vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Drive from Invercargill to Dunedin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can fly to Christchurch.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums · Nature · Wildlife · Parks
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Christchurch

— 3 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Head to Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu) and Fire & Ice - Gemstone Jewellery Specialistsfor some retail therapy. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sumner Beach (Cave Rock). Step out of Christchurch with an excursion to The Giants House in Akaroa--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and walk around Riccarton House & Bush.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Dunedin to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Christchurch are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

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Kaikoura

— 1 night
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 27th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kaikoura road trip planning site.

Getting from Christchurch to Kaikoura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Picton.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Trails
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Picton

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Picton road trip planner.

Getting from Kaikoura to Picton by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Picton can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 27th (Sat), you'll travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Picton

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
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Wellington

— 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Wellington Cable Car and Old St Paul's. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Wellington Museum. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, visit Cuba Street, kick back and relax at Oriental Bay, and view the masterpieces at New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Academy Galleries.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Wellington vacation planner.

Ride a ferry from Picton to Wellington in 4 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can fly to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife
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Tongariro National Park

— 1 night
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tongariro National Park driving holiday site.

Fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Trails · Outdoors · Parks
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Taupo

— 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 2nd (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, take in nature's colorful creations at Lava Glass, and then look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire. On your second day here, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach, and then hike along Huka Falls Walkway.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Taupo trip planner.

You can 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. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Nature
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Rotorua

— 4 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Papamoa Beach and Ohope Beach. Visiting Zipline and Te Puia will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, experience the excitement of 3D Trick Art Gallery, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

Find out how to plan Rotorua trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Rotorua sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Matamata.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

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Matamata

— 1 night
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, hike along Wairere Falls Track, and then admire the sheer force of Wairere Falls.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Matamata trip maker tool.

You can drive from Rotorua to Matamata in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Matamata

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Waitomo Caves

— 1 night
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 10th (Fri): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then head outdoors with Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Drive from Matamata to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
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Auckland

— 3 nights

City of Sails

Step out of the city life by going to Devonport and Mount Eden. Auckland Museum and Cathedral Church of St. Mary are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Auckland with a short trip to Piha Beach in Piha, about 50 minutes away. See even more of Auckland: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and stop by Parnell.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip maker website.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

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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.

Marlborough Region travel guide

4.4
Discover the rolling hills of Marlborough Region, a premier wine-growing area located at the top of New Zealand's South Island. With bays dotted with scenic islands, native forests, and a temperate climate, you'll find you can fill your Marlborough Region itinerary with more than just famous grapes and vintages. However, if you do find yourself in the mood for a tipple, the region has over 40 cellar doors (winery tasting rooms) that you can visit through an organized wine tour, via one of the many bike trails, or on an evening stroll.