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
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Hahei, New Zealand
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Wanaka, New Zealand
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h
6
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Punakaiki, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Kaikoura, New Zealand
— Few hours
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h
9
Malolo Island, Fiji
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h
End: Houston, United States

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. Escape the urban bustle at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool. Take a break from Rotorua with a short trip to Huka Falls tracks in Taupo, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rotorua online travel route planner .

Houston, USA to Rotorua is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Rotorua is 18 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Houston in October; daily highs in Rotorua reach 65°F and lows reach 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Hahei.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Huka Falls Walkway, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, River Rafting & Tubing
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
River Rafting & Tubing
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©

1
night
Hahei, New Zealand

Hahei ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve, then take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hahei planner .

You can drive from Rotorua to Hahei in 3 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Hahei can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Hahei

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve, Hot Water Beach
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Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirror Lakes Walk and then look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau itinerary builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hahei to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Mirror Lakes Walk
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Moke Lake. Visiting Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Coronet Peak will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, get interesting insight from Tours, and explore the activities along Arrow River.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Queenstown vacation planner.

You can drive from Te Anau to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for the bus ride to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
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Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Zipline

2
nights
Wanaka, New Zealand

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
On your second day here, hike along Blue Pools Track and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Wanaka online route planner .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fox Glacier and Monro Beach. Visiting West Coast Wildlife Centre and Tatare Tunnels Walk will get you outdoors. Step out of Fox Glacier with an excursion to Franz Josef Glacier in Franz Josef--about 32 minutes away.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier tour planner.

Take a bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Punakaiki.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Monro Beach
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track
West Coast Wildlife Centre ©
West Coast Wildlife Centre

1
night
Punakaiki, New Zealand

Punakaiki ©
Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): trek along Pororari River Track, trek along Fox River Cave Walk, then Head underground at Punakaiki Cavern, then explore the striking landscape at Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, and finally hike along Truman Track.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Punakaiki attractions website .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Punakaiki takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Punakaiki

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Truman Track ©
Truman Track
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk
Punakaiki Cavern ©
Punakaiki Cavern

few
hours
Kaikoura, New Zealand

Kaikoura
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kaikoura trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Punakaiki to Kaikoura in 5 hours. On the 14th (Wed), you'll travel to Malolo Island.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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5
nights
Malolo Island, Fiji

Dense jungle covers most of Malolo Island, a tiny volcanic landmass with a handful of resorts.
Step off the beaten path and head to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Malolo Island: Denarau Island (Scuba & Snorkeling, Port Denarau Marina, & more).

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Malolo Island driving holiday site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kaikoura to Malolo Island. In November in Malolo Island, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 72°F at night. On the 20th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Malolo Island

Outdoors Tours Theme Parks

Side Trip

Denarau Island
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Port Denarau Marina ©
Port Denarau Marina

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