43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Jerusalem
Fly:  29 h
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
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
6
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Taupo
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
8
Auckland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Paihia
— 7 nights
Fly:  28 h
End: Jerusalem

3
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Attractions like Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Canterbury Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Geraldine (Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve & Geraldine Observatory). There's still lots to do: take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral, and let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch travel route builder.

Jerusalem, Israel to Christchurch is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Jerusalem to Christchurch, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Transportation Parks

Side Trip

Geraldine
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Geraldine Observatory ©
Geraldine Observatory
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

4
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Attractions like Hooker Valley Track and Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier South Side Walk, Gillespies Beach, &more) and Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef).

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip planner.

You can take a bus from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the 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
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre ©
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

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.
Family-friendly places like Milford Sound and Routeburn Track will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Te Anau: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Milford Sound) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, and hike along Hollyford Track.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip itinerary maker website.

You can take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau in 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hollyford Track, Boat Tours & Water Sports, Routeburn Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 3:
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Skyline Queenstown and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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.
Kids will enjoy Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Wellington Cable Car. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and get great views at Mount Victoria.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Lower Hutt, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 10:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

4
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Step out of Tongariro National Park with an excursion to Mangawhero Forest Walk and Rimu Walk in Ohakune--about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing, trek along Ridge Track, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ohakune Old Coach Road, and don't miss a visit to Mead's Wall.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tongariro National Park online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Wellington to Tongariro National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Mangawhero Forest Walk and Rimu Walk
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 14:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Silica Rapids Track ©
Silica Rapids Track

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.
Family-friendly places like Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Zipline will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Rotorua (Redwoods Treewalk, Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, &more) and Agrodome (in Ngongotaha). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get in on the family fun at Mind Junction, and get to know the resident critters at Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Taupo online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 19:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Agrodome ©
Agrodome
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

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.
Family-friendly places like SkyTower and Hamilton Gardens will thrill your kids. When in Auckland, make a side trip to see Waikato Museum in Hamilton, approximately Hamilton away. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, stroll through Browns Bay Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Creek.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland planning app.

You can fly from Taupo to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Auckland, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hamilton, Rainbow's End Theme Park, Browns Bay Beach, Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

7
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei), Ocean Beach (in Whangarei Heads) and The Northland Firehouse Museum Trust (in Kaikohe). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, steep yourself in history at Pompallier Mission and Printery, and step off the mainland to explore Urupukapuka Island.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia journey planner.

Drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Bream Head Coast Walks, Ocean Beach, The Northland Firehouse Museum Trust
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 30:
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery

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