33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  27​h
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Wanaka
— 1 night
drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus:  3​h 30​min
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Arthur's Pass National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Kaikoura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Blenheim
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Abel Tasman National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
12
Ohakune
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
13
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
14
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Dublin

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night
Christchurch

Christchurch
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch journey builder .

Dublin, Ireland to Christchurch is an approximately 34-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 12 hours. While traveling from Dublin, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Christchurch, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 12°C. On the 17th (Tue), you're off toMt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mt. Cook Village: Lake Tekapo (Lake Tekapo, The Church of the Good Shepherd, & more). There's more to do: stroll through Hooker Valley Track and trek along Kea Point Track.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Mt. Cook Village takes 4 hours. You will leave for Wanaka on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Tekapo, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

1
night
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.
Roys Peak Track has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Wanaka.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Wanaka online journey planner .

Explore your travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Wanaka with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Chasm Walk as well as Lake Marian Track. On your second day here, hike along Lake Marian Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, and then explore the activities along Milford Sound.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau route maker website .

Take a bus from Wanaka to Te Anau in 6.5 hours. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Lake Marian Track
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

3
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.
Ben Lomond Track has been added to your itinerary.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. On the 27th (Fri), you'll travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Queenstown

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hokitika Museum as well as Glacier Hot Pools. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Matheson Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Glacier Hot Pools.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Franz Josef tour itinerary maker website .

Drive from Queenstown to Franz Josef in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Arthur's Pass National Park.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Hokitika, Lake Matheson Walk
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
Glacier Hot Pools ©
Glacier Hot Pools

1
night
Arthur's Pass National Park

Arthur's Pass National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): make a trip to Otira Viaduct Lookout and then trek along Devils Punchbowl Walking Track.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Arthur's Pass National Park sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Franz Josef to Arthur's Pass National Park with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Arthur's Pass National Park

Trails Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Otira Viaduct Lookout ©
Otira Viaduct Lookout

1
night
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 Ohau Point Seal Colony as well as Whale Watch Kaikoura. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): get a dose of the wild on Whale Watch Kaikoura and then make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kaikoura day trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Arthur's Pass National Park to Kaikoura. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Whale Watch Kaikoura ©
Whale Watch Kaikoura
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony

3
nights
Blenheim

Blenheim
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cougar Line as well as Bubbly Grape Wine Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): get interesting insight from Cougar Line.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Blenheim trip planning site .

Drive from Kaikoura to Blenheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Blenheim sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Cougar Line
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2
nights
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.
On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Abel Tasman Coast Track.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Abel Tasman National Park trip itinerary maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Blenheim to Abel Tasman National Park. You will leave for Wellington on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track

2
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.
Weta Workshop has been added to your itinerary. On your second day here, examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, then learn something new at Weta Workshop, then ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, and finally take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Wellington. In January, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ohakune.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Classes Historic Sites
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Weta Workshop ©
Weta Workshop

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nights
Ohakune

Ohakune ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

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

Drive from Wellington to Ohakune in 4 hours. On the 9th (Thu), you're off toRotorua.

Things to do in Ohakune

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hobbiton Movie Set, Tamaki Maori Village and Polynesian Spa. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua sightseeing planner .

Drive from Ohakune to Rotorua in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Polynesian Spa ©
Polynesian Spa

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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.
On the 12th (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): head off the coast to Waiheke Island.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland tour builder app .

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rotorua in January, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. You will leave for home on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Auckland

Nature Parks
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower

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