31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Katikati
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Waimangu
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
5
Taupo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
7
Upper Hutt
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
8
Wellington
— Few hours
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  6​h
9
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Greymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
11
Hokitika
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
13
Haast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
14
Wanaka
— 2 nights
car:  3​h
15
Te Anau
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
16
Milford Sound
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
17
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Auckland

2
nights
Auckland

Auckland
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Auckland travel website .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 7th (Tue), you're off toKatikati.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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1
night
Katikati

Katikati ©
Katikati is a town in New Zealand located on the Uretara Stream near a tidal inlet towards the northern end of Tauranga Harbour, 28 kilometres south of Waihi and 40 kilometres northwest of Tauranga. For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Katikati trip planner .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Katikati takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Auckland in May, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Katikati. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

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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.
For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Rotorua trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Katikati to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Rotorua are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Waimangu.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife
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Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park ©

1
day
Waimangu

Waimangu ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, then explore the activities along The Bridge at Waiotapu Stream, then get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Waimangu trip itinerary site .

Waimangu is very close to Rotorua. In May in Waimangu, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Waimangu

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Rotorua, Wai-O-Tapu
Find places to stay May 10 — 11:
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Waikite Valley Thermal Pools ©
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool ©
Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool

1
night
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Taupo online route planner .

Drive from Waimangu to Taupo in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Taupo

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Huka Falls
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Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Huka Falls ©
Huka Falls

3
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.
Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kawhia Hot Water Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Taupo to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Upper Hutt.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Raglan, Kawhia Hot Water Beach
Find places to stay May 11 — 14:

2
nights
Upper Hutt

Upper Hutt ©
Upper Hutt is a city in the Wellington Region of the North Island of New Zealand, and one of the four cities that constitute the Wellington metropolitan area.GeographyUpper Hutt is approximately 30 km north-east of Wellington. For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Upper Hutt road trip planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Waitomo Caves to Upper Hutt. In May in Upper Hutt, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for Wellington.

Things to do in Upper Hutt

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:
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few
hours
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.
To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington tour itinerary builder .

Wellington is very close to Upper Hutt. In May in Wellington, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 12°C at night. On the 16th (Thu), you're off toKaikoura.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
For photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura trip planning app .

Getting from Wellington to Kaikoura by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Greymouth.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:
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Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony
Fyffe House ©
Fyffe House

1
night
Greymouth

Greymouth ©
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): don't miss a visit to St Patrick's Parish.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Greymouth online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Greymouth takes 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hokitika.

Things to do in Greymouth

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Taramakau Road-Rail Bridge, Coal Creek Track
Find places to stay May 18 — 19:
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Woods Creek Track ©
Woods Creek Track
Point Elizabeth Walkway ©
Point Elizabeth Walkway
St Patrick's Parish ©
St Patrick's Parish

2
nights
Hokitika

Hokitika
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hokitika tour planner.

Traveling by car from Greymouth to Hokitika takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Arthur's Pass National Park
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hooker Valley Track as well as Glacier Explorers. Keep things going the next day: hike along Mueller Hut Route and then hike along Sealy Tarns Track.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mt. Cook Village tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hokitika to Mt. Cook Village takes 6.5 hours. On the 24th (Fri), you'll travel to Haast.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Glacier Explorers ©
Glacier Explorers
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

2
nights
Haast

Haast ©
Haast is an area in the Westland District territorial authority on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fantail Falls, Gates of Haast, Roaring Billy Falls, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Fantail Falls and then admire the sheer force of Thunder Creek Falls. Keep things going the next day: hike along Wharekai Te Kou, then look for all kinds of wild species at Ship Creek walks, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Monro Beach.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Haast route site .

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Haast takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Haast

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Wanaka, Monro Beach, Fantail Falls
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
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Thunder Creek Falls ©
Thunder Creek Falls
Monro Beach ©
Monro Beach
Ship Creek Walks ©
Ship Creek Walks

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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.
You've now added Lake Wanaka Cruises to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): stroll through Isthmus Peak Track and then get interesting insight from Lake Wanaka Cruises.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip itinerary builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Haast to Wanaka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Trails Tours
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:
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Lake Wanaka Cruises ©
Lake Wanaka Cruises

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hours
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 28th (Tue), take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour and then identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau day trip planner .

Getting from Wanaka to Te Anau by bus takes about 6.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Milford Sound.

Things to do in Te Anau

Tours Nature Parks
Find places to stay May 28 — 29:
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Helicopter Tours

4
nights
Milford Sound

Milford Sound ©
Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
Visiting The Chasm Walk and Key Summit Track will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Homer Tunnel and Milford Foreshore Walk. There's much more to do: hike along Lake Marian Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirror Lakes Walk, explore the activities along Bowen Falls, and cruise along Eglinton Valley.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Milford Sound travel route planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Milford Sound. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford, Te Anau
Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 1:
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Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Lake Marian Track ©
Lake Marian Track

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Guided Walks New Zealand. There's more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary site .

Traveling by bus from Milford Sound to Queenstown takes 6 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Guided Walks New Zealand ©
Guided Walks New Zealand

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