35 days in New Zealand Itinerary

35 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Wellington
1
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Auckland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Paihia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
9
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Bus:  6 h 15 min
10
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 4 nights
Bus:  4 h
11
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
End: Wellington

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 10th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, and then get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington online trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Wellington. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

4
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taupo: Rotorua (Zipline, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, &more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). Next up on the itinerary: push the limits with an extreme tour, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, get interesting insight from Tours, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Taupo online trip builder.

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 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Maori Rock Carvings ©
Maori Rock Carvings
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

4
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
When in Tongariro National Park, make a side trip to see Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial in Ohakune, approximately Ohakune away. There's much more to do: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, stroll through Whakapapa Nature Walk, and go for a walk through Ohakune Old Coach Road.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park trip website.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

2
nights
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.
On the 20th (Mon), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and then hike along Ruakuri Walk. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Caveworld, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Footwhistle Glowworm Cave ©
Footwhistle Glowworm Cave

1
night
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): meet the residents at Hamilton Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hamilton trip planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum
Hamilton Zoo ©
Hamilton Zoo

3
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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Auckland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Manginangina Kauri Walk (in Kerikeri), Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve Walk (in Hikurangi) and Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island, learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines, stop by Paihia Bookshop, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip builder app.

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve Walk, Ocean Beach, Bream Head Coast Walks
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island
Boat Tours & Water Sports

3
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, have some family-friendly fun at Fear Factory Queenstown, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Remarkables Market.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Queenstown itinerary planner.

You can fly from Paihia to Queenstown in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Te Anau: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound). And it doesn't end there: trek along Hollyford Track, explore the activities along Ivan Wilson Park, stroll through The Chasm Walk, and identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau travel itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Milford Foreshore Walk, Hollyford Track, Bowen Falls
Highlights from your plan
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

4
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Franz Josef (Terrace Walk & Franz Josef Glacier) and Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Minnehaha Walk, &more).

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip builder.

Getting from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) by bus takes about 6.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Christchurch.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef, Hapuka Estuary Walk
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

3
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Christchurch is known for parks, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and have fun at Velocity Karts.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch day trip planner.

You can take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch in 4 hours. In May in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Transportation Tours

Side Trip

Ohinetahi Garden
Highlights from your plan
Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

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