32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paihia
— 4 nights
2
Auckland
— 1 night
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
4
Rotorua
— 4 nights
5
Taupo
— 4 nights
6
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
7
Wellington
— 1 night
8
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
9
Te Anau
— 4 nights
10
Queenstown
— 4 nights

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Russell (Tapeka Point Track & Pompallier Mission and Printery). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and contemplate the long history of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Paihia online route planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 9-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Paihia. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Haruru Falls
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery

1
night
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 6th (Wed): enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, thenlook for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland online travel route planner.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. January in Auckland sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, thenhike along Ruakuri Walk, thenget outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally step off the mainland to explore Kapiti Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, thenexperience rural life at Roselands Farm Park, thenrelax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves road trip planning site.

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kapiti Island
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Kapiti Island ©
Kapiti Island

4
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, stroll through Lake Okareka Walkway, and contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rotorua day trip planning app.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

4
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, get outside with Taupo Rod & Tackle, explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, and make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Taupo trip planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

4
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 17th (Sun), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall, stroll through Mead's Wall, and trek along Silica Rapids Track.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

1
night
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 21st (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, thencatch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington sightseeing tool.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (River Walk, Fox Glacier South Side Walk, &more) and Franz Josef (Sentinel Rock Walk & Franz Josef Glacier).

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef, Hapuka Estuary Walk
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Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, about 1h 5 min away. On the 26th (Tue), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and hike along The Chasm Walk.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau day trip planner.

Take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau in 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bowen Falls, Hollyford Track
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

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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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown tour itinerary planning tool.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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