30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Te Anau
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  8​h 30​min
4
Wellington
— 10 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Taupo
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Paihia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Auckland
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Singapore

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): look for gifts at Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs and then explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau journey planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Te Anau is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Singapore to Te Anau. You'll set off for Queenstown on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 3:
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs ©
Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nomad Safaris. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): take an exotic tour of Nomad Safaris.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown online journey planner .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. On the 5th (Thu), you're off toFox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Nomad Safaris ©
Nomad Safaris
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Tatare Tunnels Walk and then take in the exciting artwork at Te Koha Gallery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Fox Glacier trip maker .

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Wellington on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Museums Classes Parks

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:
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Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk

10
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.
Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa) and The Great War Exhibition will appeal to history buffs. Head to Tonga Island Marine Reserve and Poppies Martinboroughfor some retail therapy. Explore Wellington's surroundings by going to Palliser Ridge (in Pirinoa) and Kereru Brewing Company (in Upper Hutt). The adventure continues: catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, explore the galleries of Kura Art Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington visit planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Fox Glacier to Wellington in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, daytime highs in Wellington are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. On the 17th (Tue), you're off toTaupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Wellington Botanic Garden, Tonga Island Marine Reserve, Kereru Brewing Company, Kotuku School Memorial, Poppies Martinborough
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 17:
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

5
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Let the collections at L'Arte and 3D Trick Art Gallery capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Lava Glass and New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool (in Wai-O-Tapu) and Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rainbow Springs Nature Park, & more). There's much more to do: tee off at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Taupo driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Rotorua, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Lava Glass ©
Lava Glass
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
L'Arte ©
L'Arte

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and St Paul's Anglican Church. Head to The Cabbage Tree Shop and Masterpieces Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, take in the exciting artwork at Kaan Zamaan, browse the exhibits of Just Imagine Gallery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia sightseeing website .

You can fly from Taupo to Paihia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Just Imagine Gallery
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Get some cultural insight at Sculptureum and Foxes Island. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Otara Market and Pauanesia. Change things up with these side-trips from Auckland: Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach) and Of Hand & Heart (in Warkworth). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at St Matthew-in-the-City Church, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Auckland are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cheltenham Beach, Of Hand & Heart, Sculptureum, Muriwai Gannet Colony
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Sculptureum ©
Sculptureum

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