34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  27​h
1
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h
2
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Te Anau
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
6
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Taupo
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Paihia
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Train + Subway + Train:  32​h
End: Manchester

3
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.
Step out of Auckland with an excursion to Wine Tours & Tastings in Waiheke Island--about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach, learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo.

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

Manchester, UK to Auckland is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Auckland is 12 hours. Traveling from Manchester in March, expect nights in Auckland to be warmer, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 28:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Take a break from Mt. Cook Village with a short trip to Lake Tekapo in Lake Tekapo, about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Hooker Valley Track, stroll through Kea Point Track, head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

For maps and other tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village travel planner .

Explore your travel options from Auckland to Mt. Cook Village with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 31:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

3
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Fox Glacier is known for nature, trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Fox Glacier, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk, and hike along Mount Fox Route.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 3:
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

4
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Garden, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 7:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu

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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, trek along The Chasm Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kepler Track, and identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau vacation site .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 11:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

3
nights
Whakapapa

When in Whakapapa, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi, approximately 34 minutes away. On the 12th (Sun), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

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

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Whakapapa. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera), Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, & more) and Waitomo Glowworm Caves (in Waitomo Caves). There's much more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, and explore the striking landscape of Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo holiday planner.

You can drive from Whakapapa to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Rotorua, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Hobbiton Movie Set, Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 19:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

5
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.
Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei) and Tapeka Point Track (in Russell). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia visit planner.

You can fly from Taupo to Paihia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Bream Head Coast Walks, Tapeka Point Track
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island

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