30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Paihia
— 3 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
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Wellington
— 3 nights
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Kaikoura
— 2 nights
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Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
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Wanaka
— 4 nights
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Te Anau
— 4 nights

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Paihia

The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Christ Church and Pompallier Mission and Printery will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Tane Mahuta Walk. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia sightseeing planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Paihia is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Christ Church ©
Christ Church

2
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Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and then trek along Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

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Rotorua

Rotorua ©

Sulphur City

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 Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Get in touch with nature at Huka Falls Walkway and Mount Maunganui Base Track. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Kinloch Beach (in Taupo) and Tukairangi Gallery (in Acacia Bay). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Government Gardens, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planner.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Rotorua sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave

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Wellington

Wellington

Harbour Capital

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Wellington Cable Car and Old St Paul's. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wellington Museum and Cable Car Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Southward Car Museum in Paraparaumu (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oriental Bay, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington travel route planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rotorua in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Wellington: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum
Staglands Wildlife Reserve ©
Staglands Wildlife Reserve

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Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 14th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and finally hike along Ohau Stream Walk. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the tasty concoctions at The Emporium and then hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Kaikoura trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Kaikoura takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:
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Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Fox Glacier

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 Hooker Valley Track and Lake Matheson Walk. Change things up with a short trip to Franz Josef Glacier in Franz Josef (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: stroll through Gillespies Beach, stop by ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier trip planner.

Getting from Kaikoura to Fox Glacier by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
Helicopter Tours

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Wanaka and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Horseback Riding Tours. There's still lots to do: hike along Mount Iron Track, learn about winemaking at Rippon Vineyard, tour the pleasant surroundings at Roys Peak Track, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Wanaka online day trip planner.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Wanaka by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails
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Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get some cultural insight at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery and Queenstown Arts Centre. Get in touch with nature at Glenorchy-Queenstown Road and The Remarkables Ski Area. There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coronet Peak, trek along Queenstown Hill, and look for gifts at Wilson Gallery.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Queenstown tour builder site.

Getting from Wanaka to Queenstown by bus takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 26:
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Glenorchy-Queenstown Road ©
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Te Anau and The Chasm Walk. Get in touch with nature at Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Change things up with a short trip to Milford sound Hwy in Milford Sound (about 54 minutes away). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Marian Track, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn, trek along Gertrude Saddle, and stop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs.

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

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy

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