24 days in New Zealand & Malolo Island Itinerary

24 days in New Zealand & Malolo Island Itinerary

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Huka Falls Walkway and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the natural beauty of Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip itinerary site.

Houston, USA to Rotorua is an approximately 21- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 18 hours. In October, Rotorua is slightly colder than Houston - with highs of 65°F and lows of 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, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, River Rafting & Tubing
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Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

1
night
Hahei, New Zealand

Hahei ©
On the 2nd (Fri), go for a walk through Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve, take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach, and then kick back and relax at Hahei Beach Walk.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hahei route planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Hahei in 3 hours. In November in Hahei, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Hahei

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hot Water Beach, Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve
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Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): trek along Mirror Lakes Walk and then contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Hahei to Te Anau with the Route module. On the 4th (Sun), you're off to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

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.
Get in touch with nature at Coronet Peak and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Arrow River and Moke Lake. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, appreciate the extensive heritage of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, and whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Queenstown sightseeing website.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. 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 Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
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Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
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, trek along Blue Pools Track and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Wanaka trip itinerary planning website.

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

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding
Blue Pools Track
Blue Pools Track

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 Kea Point Track and Tatare Tunnels Walk. Take a break from the city and head to Franz Josef Glacier and Helicopter Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Monro Beach (in Lake Moeraki) and Sealy Tarns Track (in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Wildlife Centre.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fox Glacier trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can 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
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
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Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track
Helicopter Tours
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): hike along Pororari River Track, trek along Fox River Cave Walk, then explore the fascinating underground world of Punakaiki Cavern, then explore the striking landscape at Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, and finally stroll through Truman Track.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Punakaiki trip planner.

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

Things to do in Punakaiki

Parks Trails Outdoors
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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 traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kaikoura vacation builder website.

Getting from Punakaiki to Kaikoura by car takes about 5 hours. You'll set off for Malolo Island on the 14th (Wed).

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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5
nights
Malolo Island, Fiji

Malolo Island ©
Dense jungle covers most of Malolo Island, a tiny volcanic landmass with a handful of resorts.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Big Bula Water Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of Malolo Island to go to Denarau Island and see Port Denarau Marina, which is approximately 1h 25 min away.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Malolo Island day trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kaikoura to Malolo Island. In November, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 72°F. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Tue).

Things to do in Malolo Island

Theme Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Denarau Island
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 20:
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Big Bula Water Park ©
Big Bula Water Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Port Denarau Marina ©
Port Denarau Marina

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