30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Drive:  2​h
1
Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Rotorua
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Wellington
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h
5
Wanaka
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Queenstown
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
7
Te Anau
— 6 nights
bus:  5​h 30​min
8
Dunedin
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Christchurch
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
10
Kaikoura
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
11
Tolaga Bay
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Auckland

1
night
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the 1st (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildcoast Ruapuke Horse Riding.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Hamilton day trip planning tool .

Auckland to Hamilton is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Wildcoast Ruapuke Horse Riding, Marakopa Falls
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Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Marakopa Falls ©
Marakopa Falls

few
hours
Rotorua

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Wildlife Parks
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Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

2
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Waipahihi Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Taupo trip planner .

You can take a bus from Rotorua to Taupo in an hour. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Taupo Museum ©
Taupo Museum
Waipahihi Botanical Gardens ©
Waipahihi Botanical Gardens

4
nights
Wellington

Wellington
Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Explore hidden gems such as Room Escape Games and Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, snap pictures at City to Sea Bridge, go for a walk through Hapuka Estuary Walk, and browse the collection at Wellington City Library.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, daytime highs in Wellington are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Hapuka Estuary Walk
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Room Escape Games
Matiu / Somes Island ©
Matiu / Somes Island

3
nights
Wanaka

Wanaka ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Blue Pools Track and The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Wanaka, hike along Isthmus Peak Track, enjoy some diversion at Basecamp Wanaka Climbing Centre with Clip 'n Climb, and get outside with Oxbow The Adventure Co..

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Wanaka using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Wanaka in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Haast Pass
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Haast Pass ©
Haast Pass
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

4
nights
Queenstown

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 Break One Clay Target Shooting and Glenorchy Animal Experience. Take a break from Queenstown with a short trip to Tobins Track in Arrowtown, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, hit the slopes at The Remarkables Ski Area, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tobins Track, Glenorchy Animal Experience
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Glenorchy Animal Experience ©
Glenorchy Animal Experience
Break One ©
Break One

6
nights
Te Anau

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hollyford Track and The Chasm Walk. Change things up with these side-trips from Te Anau: Manapouri Lake (in Manapouri), Milford Sound (Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, Bowen Falls, & more) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along Gertrude Saddle, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau attractions planning website .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk, Manapouri Lake
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

3
nights
Dunedin

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Signal Hill and Wild Angler - Day Trips. Change things up with a short trip to Whitestone City in Oamaru (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago, and enjoy the sand and surf at Aramoana Beach.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Dunedin travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Dunedin by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Dunedin

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Whitestone City
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Wild Angler ©
Wild Angler
Signal Hill ©
Signal Hill
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary

3
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Room Escape Games and Riccarton House & Bush. Change things up with a short trip to Hinewai Reserve in Akaroa (about 1h 05 min away). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Port Hills, go from sight to sight with TranzAlpine Train, appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture, and take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch trip builder website .

You can drive from Dunedin to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Transportation Tours

Side Trip

Hinewai Reserve
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Room Escape Games
Port Hills ©
Port Hills

1
night
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
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 (Mon): trek along Ohau Stream Walk, then hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura day trip planning app .

You can take a bus from Christchurch to Kaikoura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony

1
night
Tolaga Bay

Tolaga Bay ©
Tolaga Bay is both a bay and small town on the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island located 45 kilometres northeast of Gisborne and 30 kilometres south of Tokomaru Bay.It was named Tolaga Bay by Lt. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tolaga Bay Historic Wharf. On the 29th (Tue), take a peaceful walk through Te Urewera National Park, hike along Gray's Bush Scenic Reserve Walks, then take in the waterfront at Oneroa cycleway/ walkway, and finally take in the waterfront at Tolaga Bay Historic Wharf. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Church and then experience rural life at Station Life In Rural New Zealand.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tolaga Bay online trip itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Kaikoura to Tolaga Bay with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tolaga Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Gisborne, Te Urewera National Park
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:
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Saint Mary's Church ©
Saint Mary's Church
Tolaga Bay Historic Wharf ©
Tolaga Bay Historic Wharf

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