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:  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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave and Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool. Get in touch with nature at Huka Falls Walkway and River Rafting & Tubing. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take in the natural beauty of Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary maker site.

Houston, USA to Rotorua is an approximately 21- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 18 hour difference. Traveling from Houston in October, things will get little chillier in Rotorua: highs are around 65°F and lows about 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can 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 30th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve, then stroll through Hot Water Beach, and then kick back and relax at Hahei Beach Walk.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hahei day trip tool.

You can drive from Rotorua to Hahei in 3 hours. 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 Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hot Water Beach, Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:
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Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve ©
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.
On the 31st (Wed), trek along Mirror Lakes Walk and then explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Te Anau trip builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hahei to Te Anau. You will leave for Queenstown on the 1st (Thu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Mirror Lakes Walk
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Coronet Peak and Arrow River. Get in touch with nature at Moke Lake and Zipline. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and get to know the fascinating history of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. 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
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 5:
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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 the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Blue Pools Track and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Wanaka trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a 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. Visiting Franz Josef Glacier and Monro Beach will get you outdoors. Take a break from Fox Glacier with a short trip to Sealy Tarns Track in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fox Glacier day trip planner.

Getting from Wanaka to Fox Glacier by bus takes about 5 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
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:
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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 11th (Sun): hike along Pororari River Track, trek along Fox River Cave Walk, then explore the fascinating underground world of Punakaiki Cavern, then hike along Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, and finally stroll through Truman Track.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Punakaiki day trip planning site.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Punakaiki by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) 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 photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kaikoura day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Punakaiki to Kaikoura takes 5 hours. 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

Malolo Island ©
Dense jungle covers most of Malolo Island, a tiny volcanic landmass with a handful of resorts.
Step off the beaten path and head to Big Bula Water Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. Take a break from Malolo Island with a short trip to Port Denarau Marina in Denarau Island, about 1h 25 min away.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Malolo Island online sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Kaikoura to Malolo Island with the Route module. November in Malolo Island sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 72°F at night. You will leave for home on the 17th (Sat).

Things to do in Malolo Island

Theme Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Denarau Island
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 17:
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Big Bula Water Park ©
Big Bula Water Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Port Denarau Marina ©
Port Denarau Marina

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