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:  22​h
1
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​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 30​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 Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Get in touch with nature at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park and Huka Falls tracks. Go for a jaunt from Rotorua to Wai-O-Tapu to see Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rotorua trip planner .

Houston, USA to Rotorua is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Houston to Rotorua, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Houston in October: high temperatures in Rotorua hover around 65°F and lows are around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hahei.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Huka Falls Walkway, River Rafting & Tubing, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
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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 30th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve, then take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach, and then kick back and relax at Hahei Beach Walk.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Hahei online trip itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Rotorua to Hahei with the Route module. In October, daily temperatures in Hahei can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Hahei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hot Water Beach, Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve
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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirror Lakes Walk and then contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau trip maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hahei to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Wildlife 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Moke Lake. Get in touch with nature at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Arrow River. On the 4th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Coronet Peak. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Queenstown online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Te Anau to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Outdoors

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.
Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Pools Track and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Wanaka trip itinerary builder website .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) 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.
Get in touch with nature at Fox Glacier and Sealy Tarns Track. Discover out-of-the-way places like Monro Beach and Kea Point Track. When in Fox Glacier, make a side trip to see Franz Josef Glacier in Franz Josef, approximately 32 minutes away.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fox Glacier online road trip planner .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) 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
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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 11th (Sun): hike along Pororari River Track, stroll through Fox River Cave Walk, then Head underground at Punakaiki Cavern, then stroll through Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, and finally stroll through Truman Track.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Punakaiki road trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fox Glacier to Punakaiki. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) 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 see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kaikoura online road trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Punakaiki to Kaikoura with the Route module. On the 11th (Sun), 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Malolo Island: Denarau Island (Port Denarau Marina, Big Bula Water Park, & more).

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Malolo Island road trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Kaikoura to Malolo Island with the Route module. In November in Malolo Island, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 72°F at night. On the 17th (Sat), 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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