33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Hahei
— 2 nights
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Taupo
— 3 nights
4
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
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Picton
— Few hours
7
Nelson
— 2 nights
8
Hanmer Springs
— 2 nights
9
Queenstown
— 5 nights
10
Te Anau
— 3 nights
11
Dunedin
— 5 nights
12
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
13
Christchurch
— Few hours

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Auckland

Auckland ©

City of Sails

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.
You've now added Devonport to your itinerary. On the 19th (Tue), learn about all things military at Auckland Museum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Muriwai Gannet Colony. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Wynyard Crossing, then take a stroll through Devonport, then admire the masterpieces at TSB Wallace Arts Centre, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Church of St. Mary.

For reviews and other tourist information, go to the Auckland holiday maker tool.

London, UK to Auckland is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from London to Auckland. Traveling from London in November, expect nights in Auckland to be warmer, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Hahei.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:
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Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Howick Historical Village ©
Howick Historical Village
TSB Wallace Arts Centre ©
TSB Wallace Arts Centre

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Hahei

Hahei ©
To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hahei online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Hahei takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Auckland in November, Hahei is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Hahei

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

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

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Taupo

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Volcanic Hills Winery and Taupo Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Lake Taupo and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of L'Arte, make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, and admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

Discover how to plan a Taupo trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Hahei to Taupo in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Taupo Museum ©
Taupo Museum
Volcanic Hills Winery ©
Volcanic Hills Winery

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Te Porere Redoubt and SLR - Vertigo Adventure Centre. Get a sense of the local culture at Whakapapa Nature Walk and The Barbed Wire Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tongariro National Park: Ohakune (Mangawhero Forest Walk and Rimu Walk & Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial). There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Mangawhero Falls.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park itinerary planner.

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 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Whakapapa Nature Walk ©
Whakapapa Nature Walk
Te Porere Redoubt ©
Te Porere Redoubt
Mangawhero Falls ©
Mangawhero Falls

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Wellington

Wellington ©

Harbour Capital

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 29th (Fri): examine the collection at Southward Car Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, and then stop by Nyco Chocolates. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, then see the sky in a new way at Space Place at Carter Observatory, and then learn about all things military at National War Memorial.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Wellington online trip itinerary maker.

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 November, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Nga Manu Nature Reserve ©
Nga Manu Nature Reserve
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial
Southward Car Museum ©
Southward Car Museum

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Picton

Picton

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Picton tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Picton takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 30th (Sat), you're off to Nelson.

Things to do in Picton

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 1:

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Nelson

Nelson ©

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
On the 1st (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Rare Creations Interactive Wooden Art Gallery, steep yourself in history at Michael Macmillan Sculptor and Country Homeware, and then grab your bike and head to Railway Reserve.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nelson trip planner.

Traveling by car from Picton to Nelson takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Nelson

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:
Highlights from your plan

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Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs ©

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): take in the exciting artwork at Culverden Gallery, look for gifts at The Decadent Fudge Company, then tee off at Hanmer Pitch & Putt, and finally don't miss a visit to Queen Mary Hospital. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): experience rural life at Wai ariki Farm Park, Cafe & Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Majuba Gallery, and then hit the slopes at Hanmer Springs Ski Area.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hanmer Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nelson to Hanmer Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Hanmer Springs Ski Area ©
Hanmer Springs Ski Area
Culverden Gallery ©
Culverden Gallery
Queen Mary Hospital ©
Queen Mary Hospital

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Queenstown

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.
Take a break from the city and head to The Chasm Walk and Lake Hayes Walkway. Step off the beaten path and head to Mirror Lakes Walk and Dark Ride. Venture out of the city with trips to Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks (in Wanaka) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). The adventure continues: hike along Tiki Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Ivan Clarke Gallery, stroll through Mt Crichton Loop Track, and shop like a local with Vesta Design Boutique.

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

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Hanmer Springs to Queenstown in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 9th (Mon), you're off to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk
Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Bowen Falls, examine the collection at Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, and then stroll through Lake Gunn. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau journey planning site.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will leave for Dunedin on the 12th (Thu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary ©
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary
Lake Gunn ©
Lake Gunn

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Dunedin

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.
Appreciate the collections at The Lost Gypsy Gallery and Whitestone City. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nugget Point/Tokata Walks and First Church of Otago. Venture out of the city with trips to Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre (in Owaka), Shag Point Nature Reserve (in Palmerston) and Nugget Point Lighthouse (in Ahuriri Flat). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, kick back and relax at Aramoana Beach, get great views at Signal Hill, and visit a coastal fixture at Katiki Point Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dunedin road trip app.

Getting from Te Anau to Dunedin by bus takes about 6 hours. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Nugget Point Lighthouse ©
Nugget Point Lighthouse
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Katiki Point Lighthouse ©
Katiki Point Lighthouse

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Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
On the 17th (Tue), stroll through Kea Point Track.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Mt. Cook Village takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

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Christchurch

Christchurch

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip planning site.

Getting from Mt. Cook Village to Christchurch by car takes about 4 hours. In December in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. On the 18th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:

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