34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Halifax
Fly:  27​h
1
Wellington
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h 15​min
2
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Queenstown
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h
5
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Halifax

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.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, classes, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and take in the pleasant sights at Hapuka Estuary Walk.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip itinerary planning tool .

Halifax, Canada to Wellington is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Halifax to Wellington due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Pataka Art + Museum, Wellington Botanic Garden
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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: enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, hike along Hooker Valley Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fox Glacier tour planner .

Getting from Wellington to Fox Glacier by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and fly down the slopes at Coronet Peak.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Winter Sports Nature
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Spas

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, and hike along Kepler Track.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Te Anau journey builder .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Tapeka Point Track (in Russell) and Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, stop by Paihia Bookshop, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia online trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Paihia in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tapeka Point Track, Bream Head Coast Walks
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the activities along Devonport, then learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, then enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planner.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. October in Auckland sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

4
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, trot along with a tour on horseback, and examine the collection at Bibleworld Musuem & Discovery Centre.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Rotorua visit planner .

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in October, expect nights in Rotorua to be a bit cooler, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline

3
nights
Whakapapa

Step out of Whakapapa to go to Turangi and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 34 minutes away.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Whakapapa trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Rotorua to Whakapapa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

3
nights
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk, then get interesting insight from Tours, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and finally relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then admire the sheer force of Marokopa Falls Walk, then Head underground at Aranui Cave, and finally identify plant and animal life at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves online journey planner .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Otorohanga
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 2:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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