33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  26​h 30​min
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Hahei
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Picton
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
7
Nelson
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Hanmer Springs
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
9
Queenstown
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
10
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h 15​min
11
Dunedin
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
12
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
13
Christchurch
— Few hours
Fly:  28​h
End: London

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Devonport. On the 19th (Tue), learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Muriwai Gannet Colony. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Wynyard Crossing, then contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, then explore the world behind art at TSB Wallace Arts Centre, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Church of St. Mary.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip planner .

London, UK to Auckland is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 12 hour difference. When traveling from London in November, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hahei.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

TSB Wallace Arts Centre, Muriwai Gannet Colony
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Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Howick Historical Village ©
Howick Historical Village
TSB Wallace Arts Centre ©
TSB Wallace Arts Centre

2
nights
Hahei

Hahei ©
On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of The Little Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Moko Artspace, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Water Beach, then hike along Cathedral Cove Walk, and finally kick back and relax at Hahei Beach Walk.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hahei trip planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Hahei takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Auckland in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Hahei. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Hahei

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hot Water Beach, The Little Gallery
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 23:
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Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk

3
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Get some cultural insight at Taupo Museum and Volcanic Hills Winery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Great Lake Taupo. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, explore the galleries of L'Arte, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Taupo day trip app .

You can drive from Hahei to Taupo in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Volcanic Hills Winery, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Taupo Museum ©
Taupo Museum

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial and Te Porere Redoubt. Visiting Mangawhero Forest Walk and Rimu Walk and Mangawhero Falls will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tongariro National Park: The Barbed Wire Gallery (in Raetihi) and SLR - Vertigo Adventure Centre (in Ohakune). There's more to do: hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Ohakune, The Barbed Wire Gallery
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Whakapapa Nature Walk ©
Whakapapa Nature Walk
SLR - Vertigo Adventure Centre ©
SLR - Vertigo Adventure Centre
The Barbed Wire Gallery ©
The Barbed Wire Gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): examine the collection at Southward Car Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, and then stop by Nyco Chocolates. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, look and learn at Space Place at Carter Observatory, and then brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. November in Wellington sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Paraparaumu, Nga Manu Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:
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Southward Car Museum ©
Southward Car Museum
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial

few
hours
Picton

Picton
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Picton trip builder website .

You can drive from Wellington to Picton in 3.5 hours. In November in Picton, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 30th (Sat), you'll travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Picton

Tours Outdoors Parks
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2
nights
Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Rare Creations Interactive Wooden Art Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Michael Macmillan Sculptor and Country Homeware, and then grab your bike and head to Railway Reserve.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nelson trip planner .

Fly from Wellington to Nelson in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll set off for Dunedin on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Nelson

Museums Shopping Trails

Side Trips

Rare Creations Interactive Wooden Art Gallery, Michael Macmillan Sculptor and Country Homeware
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2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the galleries of Culverden Gallery, look for gifts at The Decadent Fudge Company, then play a few rounds at Hanmer Pitch & Putt, and finally steep yourself in history at Queen Mary Hospital. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Wai ariki Farm Park, Cafe & Gallery, view the masterpieces at Majuba Gallery, and then hit the slopes at Hanmer Springs Ski Area.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hanmer Springs trip site .

Drive from Nelson to Hanmer Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Culverden Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:
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Hanmer Springs Ski Area ©
Hanmer Springs Ski Area
Queen Mary Hospital ©
Queen Mary Hospital
Majuba Gallery ©
Majuba Gallery

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at The Chasm Walk and Lake Hayes Walkway. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mirror Lakes Walk and Milford Foreshore Walk. Go for a jaunt from Queenstown to Wanaka to see Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: hike along Mt Crichton Loop Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tiki Trail, browse the exhibits of Ivan Clarke Gallery, and get your game on at Dark Ride.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip website .

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

The Chasm Walk, Milford Foreshore Walk, Mirror Lakes Walk, Lake Hayes Walkway, Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks
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Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

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.
On the 8th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Bowen Falls, then examine the collection at Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, and then explore the activities along Lake Gunn. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary and then appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument.

Plan my day in Te Anau using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. On the 10th (Tue), you're off toMt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Lake Gunn
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:
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Te Anau Bird Sanctuary ©
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary
Lake Gunn ©
Lake Gunn

5
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Whitestone City and Happy Hens. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Aramoana Beach and St Clair Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Nugget Point/Tokata Walks (in Balclutha), Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre (in Owaka) and Shag Point Nature Reserve (in Palmerston). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, pause for some serene contemplation at Knox Church, admire the masterpieces at Grainstore Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at The Lost Gypsy Gallery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Dunedin journey planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Dunedin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Oamaru, Nugget Point Lighthouse, Matanaka Farm Building, Shag Point Nature Reserve, Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 17:
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Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Katiki Point Lighthouse ©
Katiki Point Lighthouse
First Church of Otago ©
First Church of Otago

1
night
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): trek along Kea Point Track.

To find out how to plan a trip to Mt. Cook Village, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Mt. Cook Village takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:
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Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

few
hours
Christchurch

Christchurch
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Port Hills. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Riccarton House & Bush and Taylors Mistake - Awaroa / Godley Head Walk. Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Akaroa (The Garden at French Farm & Hinewai Reserve). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock).

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch trip maker .

You can drive from Hanmer Springs to Christchurch in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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