33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  33​h
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Oamaru
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Curio Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Te Anau
— 6 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Mt. Cook Village
— 9 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Whakapapa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Paihia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  27​h
End: Amsterdam

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens and then catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Christchurch trip planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Christchurch is an approximately 33-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 11 hour difference. When traveling from Amsterdam in February, plan for much warmer days in Christchurch, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Oamaru.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Parks
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 16:
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens

2
nights
Oamaru

Oamaru ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): examine the collection at Steampunk HQ, kick back and relax at Bushy Beach, and then make a trip to Moeraki Boulders Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Hampden Stores, visit a coastal fixture at Katiki Point Lighthouse, then don't miss a visit to Oamaru's Victorian Precinct, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The New Zealand Whisky Company, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Oamaru Public Gardens.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Oamaru trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Oamaru takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Curio Bay.

Things to do in Oamaru

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hampden Stores, Katiki Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 19:
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Oamaru Public Gardens ©
Oamaru Public Gardens
Moeraki Boulders Beach ©
Moeraki Boulders Beach
Oamaru's Victorian Precinct ©
Oamaru's Victorian Precinct

1
night
Curio Bay

Curio Bay ©
On the 19th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Waikawa Museum and Information Centre, head outdoors with Curio Bay, then identify plant and animal life at Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre, and finally don't miss a visit to Slope Point.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Curio Bay trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Oamaru to Curio Bay takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Curio Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Waikawa, Waikawa Museum and Information Centre
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 20:
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Curio Bay ©
Curio Bay
Waikawa Museum and Information Centre ©
Slope Point ©
Slope Point

6
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.
You've now added Go Orange Doubtful Cruise to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Te Anau: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Milford sound Hwy (in Milford Sound). On the 24th (Mon), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, stroll through Gertrude Saddle, trek along Hollyford Track, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Before you visit Te Anau, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Curio Bay to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk, Milford sound Hwy, Routeburn Track
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 26:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

2
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.
On the 27th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Garden, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Fallen Soldiers Memorial, explore the galleries of Queenstown Arts Centre, race across the water with a speed boat tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 28:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

9
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mt. Cook Village: Twizel (High Country Salmon & New Zealand Alpine Lavender), New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm (in Pukaki) and Lake Tekapo (Lake Tekapo, The Church of the Good Shepherd, & more). And it doesn't end there: hike along Hooker Valley Track, look and learn at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and stroll through Kea Point Track.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mt. Cook Village journey builder website .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Mt. Cook Village takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo, Twizel, Omarama, South Island
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 8:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point 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.
On the 9th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Victoria, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On your second day here, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, get around town with Wellington Cable Car, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Wellington vacation planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Wellington. March in Wellington sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

1
night
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
On the 11th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, then stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then stroll through Taranaki Falls.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Whakapapa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Wellington to Whakapapa takes 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 11:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

2
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, then make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, then stop by Huka Honey Hive, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Taupo day trip website .

Getting from Whakapapa to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, then steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then stop by Paihia Bookshop, and finally identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia holiday planning site .

Fly from Taupo to Paihia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Haruru Falls ©
Haruru Falls

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 15th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Auckland Zoo, then enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip website .

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In March in Auckland, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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