24 days in New Zealand & Malolo Island Itinerary

24 days in New Zealand & Malolo Island Itinerary

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Start: Houston, United States
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  22 h 45 min
1
Kaikoura, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 30 min
2
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
4
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 45 min
5
Dunedin, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Paihia, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12 h 45 min
8
Malolo Island, Fiji
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h
End: Houston, United States

1
night
Kaikoura, New Zealand

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese, then experience rural life at Lavendyl Lavender Farm, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kaikoura trip maker.

Houston, USA to Kaikoura is an approximately 25- hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, ferry, and train. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Houston to Kaikoura due to the time zone difference. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fyffe House ©
Fyffe House
Lavendyl Lavender Farm ©
Lavendyl Lavender Farm

3
nights
Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then stroll through Tatare Tunnels Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to River Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Monro Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Fox Glacier takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tatare Tunnels Walk, Monro Beach
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:
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Monro Beach ©
Monro Beach
Helicopter Tours
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

3
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Gibbston Valley Winery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Hayes Walkway and Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery. Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Wanaka (Horseback Riding Tours, National Transport and Toy Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Moke Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Wanaka
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:
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Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

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.
Get outdoors at Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory and Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs. It doesn't end there: Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Plan a trip to Te Anau easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. On the 7th (Wed), you'll travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

2
nights
Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Aramoana Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, then step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Waikouaiti Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dunedin Beach.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Dunedin online trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Dunedin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Dunedin

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Waikouaiti Beach
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:
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Waikouaiti Beach ©
Waikouaiti Beach
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens
Aramoana Beach ©
Aramoana Beach

2
nights
Paihia, New Zealand

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.
On the 10th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, explore the landscape on two wheels at Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour and then take a peaceful walk through Manginangina Kauri Walk.

Find out how to plan Paihia trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Fly from Dunedin to Paihia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manginangina Kauri Walk, Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House
Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House

2
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and then explore and take pictures at Government Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa, then take in the natural beauty of Hell's Gate, then identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rotorua trip maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. November in Rotorua sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Malolo Island.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Hell's Gate
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:
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Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre ©
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

4
nights
Malolo Island, Fiji

Dense jungle covers most of Malolo Island, a tiny volcanic landmass with a handful of resorts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Big Bula Water Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. When in Malolo Island, make a side trip to see Port Denarau Marina in Denarau Island, approximately Denarau Island away.

Start your trip to Malolo Island by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rotorua to Malolo Island. Traveling from Rotorua in November, things will get a bit warmer in Malolo Island: highs are around 87°F and lows about 72°F. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Malolo Island

Outdoors Tours Theme Parks

Side Trip

Denarau Island
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Port Denarau Marina ©
Port Denarau Marina
Big Bula Water Park ©
Big Bula Water Park

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