31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Hanmer Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
3
Kaikoura
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Saint Arnaud
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Blenheim
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Picton
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
7
Nelson
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Abel Tasman National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Puponga
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
10
Westport
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Arthur's Pass National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
12
Hokitika
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
13
Franz Josef
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
14
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Bus:  4​h
15
Wanaka
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h 30​min
16
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
17
Mossburn
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
18
Te Anau
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
19
Manapouri
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
20
Invercargill
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
21
Dunedin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
22
Oamaru
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
23
Timaru
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
24
Lake Tekapo
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
25
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
26
Akaroa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
27
Christchurch
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h
28
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
29
Napier
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
30
Taupo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
31
Rotorua
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
32
Matamata
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
33
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 30​min
34
Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
35
Raglan
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
36
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
37
Paihia
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
38
Kerikeri
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
39
Whangarei
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
40
Auckland
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
41
Coromandel
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
42
Hahei
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
43
Hot Water Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
44
Waihi
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
45
Katikati
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
46
Tauranga
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
47
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
48
Ohakune
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 30​min
49
Opotiki
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
50
Hastings
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
51
Wellington
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Slate Room, Red Light District, The Colombo, and other attractions you added. On the 12th (Sat), explore the wide array of goods at The Colombo, then have some family-friendly fun at Velocity Karts, then join in the after-dark buzz at Red Light District, and finally grab your bike and head to Rapaki Track. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Cookie Time Factory Shop, then see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, then stroll through Leithfield Beach, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at The Slate Room.

Make your Christchurch itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Brisbane, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Christchurch is 2 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in September, things will get slightly colder in Christchurch: highs are around 16°C and lows about 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Christchurch

Nightlife Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Leithfield Beach
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre
The Colombo ©
The Colombo

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Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs ©
Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
On the 14th (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanmer Springs vacation maker .

Drive from Christchurch to Hanmer Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Spas Parks Nature
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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Beer School, Ohau Stream Walk and Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. On the 14th (Mon), stroll through Ohau Stream Walk, then hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and then savor the flavors at Beer School.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kaikoura travel route planning site .

You can drive from Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Saint Arnaud.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk

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Saint Arnaud

Saint Arnaud
Saint Arnaud is a small alpine village located in the north of New Zealand's South Island, west of the mountains of the Saint Arnaud Range and 90 kilometres southwest of Nelson near the historic Tophouse Settlement. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Rotoiti.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Saint Arnaud road trip website .

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Saint Arnaud takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Saint Arnaud

Parks Nature
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Blenheim

Blenheim ©
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): do a tasting at Cloudy Bay.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Blenheim route maker app .

Traveling by car from Saint Arnaud to Blenheim takes 1.5 hours. September in Blenheim sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Picton.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Cloudy Bay ©
Cloudy Bay

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Picton

Picton
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Picton trip itinerary builder website .

Picton is just a short distance from Blenheim. In September, daily temperatures in Picton can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. You'll set off for Nelson on the 16th (Wed).

Things to do in Picton

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cable Bay Adventure Park. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): kick your exploration up a notch at Cable Bay Adventure Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nelson online day trip planner .

Drive from Picton to Nelson in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Nelson

Wildlife Outdoors Adventure
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Cable Bay Adventure Park ©
Cable Bay Adventure Park

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Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park ©
Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rawhiti Cave Track as well as Abel Tasman Canyons. On the 16th (Wed), skim along the rocks with Abel Tasman Canyons.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Abel Tasman National Park route planning app .

Explore your travel options from Nelson to Abel Tasman National Park with the Route module. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Thu) before leaving for Puponga.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Abel Tasman Canyons, Rawhiti Cave Track
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Wainui Falls Track ©
Wainui Falls Track
Abel Tasman Canyons ©
Abel Tasman Canyons

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Puponga

Puponga
To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Puponga online road trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Puponga with the Route module. You will leave for Westport on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Puponga

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:

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Westport

Westport ©
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. You've now added Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk to your itinerary.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Westport journey builder tool .

You can drive from Puponga to Westport in 5 hours. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Arthur's Pass National Park.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Punakaiki
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Foulwind Walkway ©
Cape Foulwind Walkway
Truman Track ©
Truman Track
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk

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Arthur's Pass National Park

Arthur's Pass National Park ©
To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Arthur's Pass National Park travel itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Westport to Arthur's Pass National Park with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Arthur's Pass National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Scotts Track
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Otira Viaduct Lookout ©
Otira Viaduct Lookout

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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. Your list of things to see and do now includes Dorothy Falls, Glow Worm Dell, Box of Delights, The Old Fashioned Candy Shop, and other attractions.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hokitika tour itinerary builder tool .

Explore your travel options from Arthur's Pass National Park to Hokitika with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Greymouth Breakwater
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Glow Worm Dell ©
Glow Worm Dell

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Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier.

To plan Franz Josef vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Hokitika to Franz Josef in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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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.
On the 21st (Mon), kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier trip planner.

Fox Glacier is just a stone's throw from Franz Josef. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for the bus ride to Wanaka.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery ©
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery
River Walk ©
River Walk

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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.
Puzzling World has been added to your itinerary.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Wanaka road trip planning tool .

Getting from Fox Glacier to Wanaka by bus takes about 4 hours. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Nature Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Puzzling World ©
Puzzling World

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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 Fear Factory Queenstown, Steamer Wharf, The Remarkable Sweetshop - Queenstown, and other attractions you added. On the 23rd (Wed), have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. On your second day here, hit the slopes at Coronet Peak, stop by The Remarkable Sweetshop - Queenstown, get your game on at Fear Factory Queenstown, then look for gifts at Steamer Wharf, then get a taste of local nightlife at Big Night Out Pub Crawl, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Below Zero Ice Bar.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planner .

Getting from Wanaka to Queenstown by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mossburn.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Shopping Nightlife

Side Trip

Monro Beach
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Monro Beach ©
Monro Beach

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Mossburn

Mossburn
Mossburn is a small town in the northern Southland Region of New Zealand. For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mossburn journey planner .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Mossburn takes 1.5 hours. On the 25th (Fri), you'll travel to Te Anau.
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Chasm Walk as well as Lake Te Anau. On the 25th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau, then trek along The Chasm Walk, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Trout Observatory.

Planning Te Anau trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Mossburn to Te Anau with the Route module. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Manapouri.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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Manapouri

Manapouri
Manapouri is a small town in Southland / Fiordland, in the southwest corner of the South Island, in New Zealand. For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Manapouri visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Manapouri. You will leave for Invercargill on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Manapouri

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. You've added Waipapa Point Lighthouse, McLean Falls, Cathedral Caves Walk, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): stop by The Seriously Good Chocolate Company, enjoy the sea views from Waipapa Point Lighthouse, and then take in the exciting artwork at City Gallery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Invercargill trip maker website .

Drive from Manapouri to Invercargill in 2 hours. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Invercargill

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cathedral Caves Walk, McLean Falls
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
McLean Falls ©
McLean Falls
Cathedral Caves Walk ©
Cathedral Caves Walk
Waipapa Point Lighthouse ©
Waipapa Point Lighthouse

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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.
Tunnel Beach Track has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): hike along Tunnel Beach Track.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Dunedin road trip planner .

Getting from Invercargill to Dunedin by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Oamaru.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track

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Oamaru

Oamaru
Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Oamaru fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Dunedin to Oamaru by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. You will leave for Timaru on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Oamaru

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Timaru

Timaru
Timaru is a port city in the southern Canterbury region of New Zealand, located 157 kilometres southwest of Christchurch and about 196 kilometres northeast of Dunedin on the eastern Pacific coast of the South Island. For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Timaru trip maker site .

Getting from Oamaru to Timaru by car takes about 1.5 hours. On the 28th (Mon), you'll travel to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Timaru

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tekapo Springs. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Tekapo and then test the waters at Tekapo Springs.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lake Tekapo itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Timaru to Lake Tekapo takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Nature Spas
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Tekapo Springs ©
Tekapo Springs

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Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Hooker Valley Track has been added to your itinerary.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook Village in an hour. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Akaroa.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Hooker Valley Track
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

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Akaroa

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Akaroa travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Akaroa takes 5 hours. In September in Akaroa, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Akaroa

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Cashel Street has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) and then don't miss a visit to Cashel Street.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch vacation builder website .

Drive from Akaroa to Christchurch in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Shopping Parks Nature
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Cashel Street ©
Cashel Street
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): wander the streets of Cuba Street.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 10°C in Wellington. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Napier.

Things to do in Wellington

Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Cuba Street ©
Cuba Street

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Napier

Napier
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Napier trip planner .

You can fly from Wellington to Napier in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for Taupo on the 1st (Thu).

Things to do in Napier

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway and then stop by Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Taupo trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Napier to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can take a bus to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Nature
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire ©

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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.
To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Taupo to Rotorua in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 2nd (Fri), you're off toMatamata.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Matamata

Matamata ©
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): admire the sheer force of Wairere Falls.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Matamata travel route planning app .

Drive from Rotorua to Matamata in an hour. In October in Matamata, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Fri) before leaving for Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Matamata

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Wairere Falls
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Wairere Falls ©
Wairere Falls

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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 2nd (Fri): Head underground at Ruakuri Cave.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves road trip website .

You can drive from Matamata to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

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Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): look for gifts at Over The Moon Dairy, then hunt for treasures at Cambridge Farmers' Market, and then take in the exciting artwork at Jet Collective.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Hamilton road trip planning site .

Take a bus from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Raglan.

Things to do in Hamilton

Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Cambridge, Jet Collective
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Cambridge Farmers' Market
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Raglan

Raglan ©
Raglan is a small beachside town located 48 km west of Hamilton, New Zealand on State Highway 23. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls and then look for all kinds of wild species at Te Toto Gorge Lookout.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Raglan trip site .

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Raglan takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Auckland.

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Bridal Veil Falls

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo and then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland trip planner .

Traveling by car from Raglan to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Raglan in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Paihia.

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Auckland Zoo
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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.
For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia travel planning app .

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. On the 5th (Mon), you're off toKerikeri.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Kerikeri

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Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. On the 5th (Mon), stop by Makana Chocolate Boutique.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kerikeri online trip builder .

Kerikeri is just a stone's throw from Paihia. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Mon) before leaving for Whangarei.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Shopping
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Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): wander the streets of Town Basin.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Whangarei travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kerikeri to Whangarei takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

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Auckland

Auckland ©
On the 6th (Tue), enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Auckland day trip app .

You can drive from Whangarei to Auckland in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Tue) before leaving for Coromandel.
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Coromandel

Coromandel
Coromandel is a town on the Coromandel Harbour, on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula, which is on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Coromandel online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by ferry from Auckland to Coromandel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Auckland in October since evenings lows in Coromandel dip to 13°C. You'll set off for Hahei on the 6th (Tue).

Things to do in Coromandel

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Hahei

Hahei ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): stroll through Hahei Beach Walk.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hahei road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Coromandel to Hahei takes 1.5 hours. October in Hahei sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Hot Water Beach.

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Hahei Beach Walk
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Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach ©
Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): kick back and relax at Hot Water Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hot Water Beach trip planner .

Hot Water Beach is just a stone's throw from Hahei. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Waihi.

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Parks Nature Outdoors
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Hot Water Beach

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Waihi

Waihi
Waihi is a town in Hauraki District in the North Island of New Zealand, especially notable for its history as a gold mine town. To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Waihi attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Hot Water Beach to Waihi takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Katikati.

Things to do in Waihi

Parks Outdoors Trails
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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. To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Katikati trip itinerary maker .

Katikati is very close to Waihi. In October, daily temperatures in Katikati can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You'll set off for Tauranga on the 8th (Thu).

Things to do in Katikati

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Tauranga

Tauranga
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
On the 8th (Thu), kick back and relax at Pilot Bay.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tauranga online travel planner .

You can drive from Katikati to Tauranga in an hour. In October in Tauranga, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rotorua

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and then steep yourself in history at The Elms.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua journey planner .

You can drive from Tauranga to Rotorua in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ohakune.

Things to do in Rotorua

Spas Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

The Elms
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Ohakune

Ohakune ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stroll through Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu.

Find out how to plan Ohakune trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Rotorua to Ohakune in 3 hours. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Opotiki.

Things to do in Ohakune

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu
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Opotiki

Opotiki
Opotiki is a small town in the eastern Bay of Plenty in the North Island of New Zealand. For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Opotiki online route planner .

You can drive from Ohakune to Opotiki in 4.5 hours. On the 11th (Sun), you're off toHastings.

Things to do in Opotiki

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Hastings

Hastings ©
Hastings is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. On the 11th (Sun), get great views at Te Mata Peak, then learn about winemaking at Craggy Range, and then stroll through Ocean Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hastings trip planning site .

You can drive from Opotiki to Hastings in 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Wellington.

Things to do in Hastings

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Te Mata Peak
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Wellington

Wellington ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): wander the streets of Cuba Street and then contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Wellington trip planner .

You can drive from Hastings to Wellington in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

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Oriental Bay
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Cuba Street

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