34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
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Te Anau
— 5 nights
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Paihia
— 4 nights
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
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Taupo
— 4 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 1 night

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Wellington

Wellington

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Mount Victoria and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Wellington trip planner.

New York City, USA to Wellington is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Wellington, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Wellington reach 67°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Transportation

Side Trip

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

3
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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Step out of Fox Glacier with an excursion to Franz Josef Glacier in Franz Josef--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, take in the pleasant sights at River Walk, get interesting insight from Skydive Fox Glacier, and find your balance on the water with Glacier Country Kayaks.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier trip builder site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Fox Glacier takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

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Glacier Country Kayaks ©
Glacier Country Kayaks
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

3
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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, push the limits with an extreme tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the galleries of Silver Fern Gallery.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown route builder site.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

5
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Bowen Falls about 1h 5 min away. On the 11th (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. On the 13th (Sun), hike the day away at Kepler Track. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, stop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, hike along The Chasm Walk, and get some thrills on the water with Fiordland Jet.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau itinerary maker website.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

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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.
Take a break from Paihia with a short trip to Manginangina Kauri Walk in Kerikeri, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, tee off at Waitangi Golf Club, get great views at Opua Forest Lookout Track, and paddle through the water with Bay of Islands Kayaking.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Paihia trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Paihia takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Bay of Islands Kayaking ©
Bay of Islands Kayaking
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands

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Rotorua

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton). There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua itinerary builder website.

Getting from Paihia to Rotorua by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rotorua are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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Taupo

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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, admire the natural beauty at Waipahihi Botanical Gardens, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Taupo visit planning tool.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

4
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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 27th (Sun), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. And it doesn't end there: hit the best photo ops around with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, trek along Silica Rapids Track, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ridge Track.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

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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 31st (Thu): Head underground at Aranui Cave, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then take in the local highlights with Glowing Adventures, then relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, and finally get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip builder app.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Glowing Adventures ©
Glowing Adventures
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing

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Auckland

Auckland ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then stroll through Nelson Street Cycleway, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Auckland using our trip planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in January, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Tours · Wineries · Parks
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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