30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Paihia
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3​h
2
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Wellington
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  6​h
5
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Bus:  4​h 45​min
7
Wanaka
— 4 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
8
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
9
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Paihia

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.
Get in touch with nature at Paihia Harbour and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Christ Church and Pompallier Mission and Printery. Step out of Paihia to go to Opononi and see Tane Mahuta Walk, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, stop by Paihia Bookshop, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

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Melbourne, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Russell, Rainbow Falls, Tane Mahuta Walk
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
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.
On the 5th (Thu), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally 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 snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

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

4
nights
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.
Visit Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Kinloch Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Tukairangi Gallery (in Acacia Bay), Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui) and Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo). There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

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Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Okere Falls, Tauranga, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
River Rafting & Tubing
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

3
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.
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Old St Paul's are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Staglands Wildlife Reserve and Oriental Bay. Step out of Wellington with an excursion to Southward Car Museum in Paraparaumu--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner .

You can fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Rotorua in November, plan for little chillier days in Wellington, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Southward Car Museum
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Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum
Staglands Wildlife Reserve ©
Staglands Wildlife Reserve

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Seal Colony, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and finally stroll through Ohau Stream Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy some diversion at The Emporium and then hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kaikoura trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Wellington to Kaikoura takes 6 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) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Fox Glacier

A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hooker Valley Track and Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk. Step out of the city life by going to Lake Matheson Walk and Gillespies Beach. Next up on the itinerary: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, explore the striking landscape of Fox Glacier, trek along Moraine Walk, and explore the galleries of ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Fox Glacier vacation planning website .

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Fox Glacier takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Hooker Valley Track, Franz Josef Glacier
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Helicopter Tours
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Roys Peak Track and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Get in touch with nature at Wanaka and Blue Pools Track. And it doesn't end there: hike along Mount Iron Track, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, do a tasting at Rippon Vineyard, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Wanaka trip app .

Traveling by bus from Fox Glacier to Wanaka takes 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

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

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 and learn at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery and Queenstown Arts Centre. Get in touch with nature at Arrowtown Village and Coronet Peak. There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area, and admire all the interesting features of Glenorchy-Queenstown Road.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown itinerary planning tool .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Arrowtown
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Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

4
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.
Visiting Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Lake Te Anau and Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs. Change things up with these side-trips from Te Anau: Milford sound Hwy (in Milford Sound) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Manapouri). There's much more to do: stroll through The Chasm Walk, trek along Lake Marian Track, and explore the activities along Lake Gunn.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau route maker tool .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford sound Hwy, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy

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