43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Wellington
— 1 night
2
Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
3
Taupo
— 5 nights
4
Rotorua
— 5 nights
5
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
6
New Plymouth
— 1 night
7
Auckland
— 4 nights
8
Paihia
— 5 nights
9
Te Anau
— 5 nights
10
Queenstown
— 4 nights
11
Fox Glacier
— 5 nights

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Thu), get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, thenadmire the striking features of Old St Paul's, thenget engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, thencatch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally pause for some photo ops at John Plimmer Statue.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Wellington. December in Wellington sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

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 Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

5
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Attractions like Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour make great kid-friendly stops. On the 21st (Mon), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. The adventure continues: hike along Taranaki Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mead's Wall, explore the activities along Tama Lakes, and take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes
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.
Kids will enjoy Huka Falls Walkway and Huka Prawn Park. There's lots more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the waterfront views at Whakaipo Bay, and make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Taupo holiday site.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Mind Junction ©
Mind Junction

5
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Zipline and Te Puia. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Waimarino Adventure Park (in Tauranga), Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rotorua are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Waimarino Adventure Park, Hamilton Gardens, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Agrodome ©
Agrodome
Waimarino Adventure Park ©
Waimarino Adventure Park

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take a memorable tour with Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, thenHead underground at Caveworld, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Kapiti Island, thenhead outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, thenHead underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves travel route planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Kapiti Island
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River Rafting & Tubing
Kapiti Island ©
Kapiti Island
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

1
night
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get curious at Puke Ariki, thengo for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, thenstop by Giles Chocolatier, and finally walk around Pukekura Park.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the New Plymouth trip planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to New Plymouth by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Childrens Museums Museums
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Puke Ariki ©
Puke Ariki

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like SkyTower and Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre. Step out of Auckland with an excursion to EcoZip Adventures in Oneroa--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Nelson Street Cycleway.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland holiday builder.

Getting from New Plymouth to Auckland by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

EcoZip Adventures, Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Phantom Sailing and Adventure Forest. Venture out of the city with trips to Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Tapeka Point Track) and Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Bay of Islands, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Paihia trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Russell, Whangarei, KeriKeri New Zealand
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Phantom Sailing ©
Phantom Sailing
Adventure Forest ©
Adventure Forest
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hollyford Track and Milford Sound. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Te Anau: Milford Sound (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Milford sound Hwy). Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Lake Marian Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gertrude Saddle, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau, and get outside with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau day trip app.

Getting from Paihia to Te Anau by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, ferry, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

4
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Skyline Queenstown and Zipline. Go for a jaunt from Queenstown to Arrowtown to see The Sawpit Gully Track about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: push the limits with an extreme tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip builder website.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

The Sawpit Gully Track
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

5
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Gillespies Beach and ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery. Explore Fox Glacier's surroundings by going to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Sealy Tarns Track, Glencoe Walk, &more) and Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier South Side Walk, trot along with Experience Fox Glacier, get interesting insight from Skydive Fox Glacier, and hike along Minnehaha Walk.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Hapuka Estuary Walk
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Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

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