24 days in New Zealand & Malolo Island Itinerary

24 days in New Zealand & Malolo Island Itinerary

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24 days in New Zealand & Malolo Island Itinerary

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
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese Localvore Store, then experience rural life at Lavendyl Lavender Farm, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kaikoura road trip planning site .

Houston, USA to Kaikoura is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Houston to Kaikoura, you'll lose 18 hours 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 Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fyffe House ©
Fyffe House
Art & Design Gallery ©
Art & Design Gallery

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 Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, explore the striking landscape of Fox Glacier, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Tatare Tunnels Walk. Keep things going the next day: take in the pleasant sights at River Walk, then kick back and relax at Monro Beach, and then kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Fox Glacier in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Monro Beach, Tatare Tunnels Walk
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Monro Beach ©
Monro Beach
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Lake Hayes Walkway. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gibbston Valley Winery and Lakes District Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Wanaka (Horseback Riding Tours, National Transport & Toy Museum, & more). And it doesn't end there: push the limits with an extreme tour, explore the activities along Moke Lake, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For ratings and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Wanaka, Arrowtown
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:
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Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery ©

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Doubtful Sound and Fishing Charters & Tours. Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory in Milford Sound, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and look for gifts at Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip tool .

You can drive from Queenstown to Te Anau in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature Parks 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.
On the 8th (Thu), kick back and relax at Aramoana Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, then step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Waikouaiti Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Olveston Historic Home and then kick back and relax at Dunedin Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Dunedin travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Te Anau to Dunedin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Dunedin

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Waikouaiti Beach
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:
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Waikouaiti Beach ©
Waikouaiti Beach
Olveston Historic Home ©
Olveston Historic Home
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, explore the landscape on two wheels at Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, and then contemplate the long history of Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, make a short side trip with Day Trips, and then stroll through Manginangina Kauri Walk.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paihia tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Dunedin to Paihia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. 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

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

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.
On the 12th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, then get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and then admire the natural beauty at Government Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hell's Gate, then identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planner .

Getting from Paihia to Rotorua by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Malolo Island.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hells Gate, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Spas & Wellness. Get out of town with these interesting Malolo Island side-trips: Denarau Island (Port Denarau Marina & Big Bula Water Park).

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Malolo Island trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rotorua to Malolo Island. Traveling from Rotorua in November, expect Malolo Island to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 72°F. On the 18th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Malolo Island

Outdoors Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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