44 days in New Zealand Itinerary

44 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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44 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Cairns
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Auckland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Hot Water Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Taupo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Mangawhai
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
7
Wellington
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Kaiteriteri
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Westport
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Hokitika
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
11
Franz Josef
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 30​min
12
Wanaka
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
13
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
14
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
15
Christchurch
— 7 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
16
Queenstown
— Few hours
Fly:  29​h
End: London

5
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.
When in Auckland, make a side trip to see Wine Tours & Tastings in Waiheke Island, approximately 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island, and step off the mainland to explore Tiritiri Matangi Island.

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

Cairns, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Auckland is 2 hours. While traveling from Cairns, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hot Water Beach.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach ©
Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Mahara, The Unique Sculpture Park and Pottery, then view the masterpieces at Moko Artspace, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Water Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hot Water Beach trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Auckland to Hot Water Beach in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Auckland in November, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Hot Water Beach. On the 11th (Mon), you're off toWaitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Nature Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Mahara, The Unique Sculpture Park and Pottery
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Moko Artspace ©
Moko Artspace

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): hike along Ruakuri Walk and then explore and take pictures at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves visit planning website .

Traveling by car from Hot Water Beach to Waitomo Caves takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

2
nights
Taupo

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 13th (Wed): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, engage your brain at Volcanic Activity Centre, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Tukairangi Gallery, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway. On the next day, look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet, contemplate the waterfront views at Great Lake Taupo, enjoy some diversion at Huka Prawn Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Taupo trip planner .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Fri), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by bus from Taupo to Rotorua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mangawhai.

Things to do in Rotorua

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

1
night
Mangawhai

Mangawhai is a locality in Northland, New Zealand around the Mangawhai Harbour. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Morris & James, and then make a trip to Matakana Village.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mangawhai vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Mangawhai takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Rotorua in November, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Mangawhai: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Mangawhai

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Matakana, Warkworth, Scuba & Snorkeling
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Matakana Village ©
Matakana Village
Goat Island Marine Reserve ©
Goat Island Marine Reserve

7
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.
Explore Wellington's surroundings by going to Blenheim (Wine Tours & Tastings & Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre), Kereru Brewing Company (in Upper Hutt) and Picton (The National Whale Centre & Marlborough Sounds). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Buildings, and head outdoors with Great Alpine Highway.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mangawhai to Wellington. Traveling from Mangawhai in November, Wellington is a bit cooler at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kaiteriteri.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Blenheim, Picton, Kereru Brewing Company, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

2
nights
Kaiteriteri

Kaiteriteri ©
On the 24th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at The Grove Scenic Reserve.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kaiteriteri, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Wellington to Kaiteriteri by car takes about 6.5 hours. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Westport.

Things to do in Kaiteriteri

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Abel Tasman National Park, Riwaka Resurgence, The Grove Scenic Reserve, u-fly extreme
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Wainui Falls Track ©
Wainui Falls Track
u-fly extreme ©
u-fly extreme

1
night
Westport

Westport ©
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): hike along Pororari River Track, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, and then trek along Cape Foulwind Walkway.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Westport online road trip planner .

Drive from Kaiteriteri to Westport in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Westport

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Punakaiki
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
The Old Ghost Road ©
The Old Ghost Road
Truman Track ©
Truman Track
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk

1
night
Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Hokitika Gorge Walk, identify plant and animal life at Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe, take an in-depth tour of Hokitika Museum, then view the masterpieces at Wilderness Gallery, then look for gifts at Garth Wilson Jade, and finally steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hokitika journey app .

Traveling by car from Westport to Hokitika takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Greymouth
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Shantytown Heritage Park ©
Shantytown Heritage Park
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk

3
nights
Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Franz Josef: Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Minnehaha Walk, & more) and Mt. Cook Village (Governors Bush Walk & Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier, hike along Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kea Point Track.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Franz Josef trip app .

Getting from Hokitika to Franz Josef by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Mon) before leaving for Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 2:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

2
nights
Wanaka

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
On the 2nd (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Thunder Creek Falls and then trek along Blue Pools Track.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Wanaka online holiday planner .

Traveling by bus from Franz Josef to Wanaka takes 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Rippon Vineyard ©
Rippon Vineyard

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 find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: Te Anau (Milford Sound, The Chasm Walk, & more) and Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound). On the 8th (Sun), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, explore the activities along Lake Gunn, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and make a trip to St Peter's Anglican Church.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown travel route planner .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Te Anau, Fiordland National Park
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

1
night
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
On the 8th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Mackenzie Sheep Dog Statue and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Good Shepherd.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lake Tekapo road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Lake Tekapo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Aoraki/Mt. Cook, Lake Pukaki, Glencoe Walk
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Lake Pukaki ©
Lake Pukaki

7
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Venture out of the city with trips to Waipara Springs Winery (in Waipara), Akaroa (Swim with Dolphins, The Garden at French Farm, & more) and Charles Upham VC Statue (in Amberley). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, have fun at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, admire the masterpieces at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), and get your game on at Velocity Karts.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Christchurch are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Akaroa, Charles Upham VC Statue, Ohinetahi Garden, Waipara Springs Winery
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

few
hours
Queenstown

Queenstown
For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown tour itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

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