32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly
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Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Wanaka
— 3 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus
4
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus
5
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kaikoura
— 1 night
Drive
7
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly
8
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive
9
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
10
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
11
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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3
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Skydive Bay of Islands and Pompallier Mission and Printery. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take an unforgettable tour with Salt Air, admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Paihia trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Toronto, Canada to Paihia is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Paihia, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
4.6
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Historic Site
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
4.6

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Roys Peak Track and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's much more to do: hike along Mount Iron Track, hit the slopes at Wanaka, examine the collection at National Transport and Toy Museum, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Wanaka trip planner.

Fly from Paihia to Wanaka in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 8:
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Roys Peak Track ©
Hiking Trail
Roys Peak Track
4.8
Mount Iron Track ©
Hiking Trail
Mount Iron Track
4.8

4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Otago Central Rail Trail and Highlands - Experience the Exceptional. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, stroll through Ben Lomond Track, hike along Queenstown Hill, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Queenstown journey maker site.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 12:
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4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Chasm Walk and Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Te Anau: Real Journeys (in Manapouri) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, take an unforgettable tour with Southern Lakes Helicopters, and go for a walk through Punanga Manu o Te Anau.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 16:
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Milford Sound ©
Water Body
Milford Sound
4.8
The Chasm Walk ©
Hiking Trail
The Chasm Walk
4.6
Lake Te Anau ©
Water Body
Lake Te Anau
4.6

2
nights
Dunedin

Edinburgh of the South

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Otago Museum, then make a trip to The World's Steepest Street, and finally admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden. Keep things going the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at Speight’s Brewery, then trek along Tunnel Beach Track, and then tour in style with a train tour.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dunedin trip builder site.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Dunedin in 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums · Tours · Childrens Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:
Highlights from your trip
Otago Museum ©
Science Museum
Otago Museum
4.8
Tunnel Beach Track ©
Hiking Trail
Tunnel Beach Track
4.8
©
Rail Tour
Rail Tours
4.2

1
night
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 19th (Mon): trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, then make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and then trek along Ohau Stream Walk.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kaikoura trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dunedin to Kaikoura in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Trails · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:
Highlights from your trip
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Hiking Trail
Ohau Stream Walk
4.7

2
nights
Christchurch

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 20th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, walk around Hagley Park, then let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and finally don't miss a visit to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Air Force Museum of New Zealand, take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, then examine the collection at Quake City, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Christchurch are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Museums · Transportation · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:
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4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Government Gardens. The adventure continues: zoom along the surf with Katoa Lake Rotorua, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kuirau Park, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and take a stroll through Eat Street.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua road trip app.

You can fly from Christchurch to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Christchurch in April; daily highs in Rotorua reach 24°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 25:
Highlights from your trip
Government Gardens ©
Historic Site
Government Gardens
4.5
Katoa Lake Rotorua ©
Waterskiing / Jetskiiing
Katoa Lake Rotorua
4.7

3
nights
Taupo

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aratiatia Rapids and Lava Glass. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Huka Falls Walkway, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, explore the activities along Lake Taupo, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley.

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

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:
Highlights from your trip
Aratiatia Rapids ©
Landmark
Aratiatia Rapids
4.6
Huka Falls Walkway
Waterfall
Huka Falls Walkway
4.7

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Silica Rapids Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, then capture your vacation like a pro with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, and finally admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:
Highlights from your trip
Taranaki Falls ©
Waterfall
Taranaki Falls
4.7

2
nights
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 1st (Sat): surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves route planner.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:
Highlights from your trip
Ruakuri Walk ©
Hiking Trail
Ruakuri Walk
4.8
Caveworld ©
Cave
Caveworld
4.7

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