34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
1
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Wanaka
— 4 nights
bus:  4​h
4
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Akaroa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  6​h
7
Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
9
Paihia
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Te Anau and Hollyford Track. Get outdoors at Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Manapouri). The adventure continues: stroll through The Chasm Walk, explore the activities along Te Anau Glowworm Caves, hike along Lake Gunn, and take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau vacation planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk, Kayaking & Canoeing
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arrowtown Village and Safaris. Get a sense of the local culture at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery and Chard Farm Winery. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Queenstown Hill, hit the slopes at The Remarkables Ski Area, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and explore and take pictures at Glenorchy-Queenstown Road.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown journey planning app .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Arrowtown
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 29:
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Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Safaris
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill

4
nights
Wanaka

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wanaka and Mount Iron Track. Step out of the city life by going to Roys Peak Track and Blue Pools Track. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, trot along with a tour on horseback, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get your game on at Puzzling World.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Wanaka online itinerary builder .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 2:
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Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

4
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hooker Valley Track and Kea Point Track. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Matheson Walk and Franz Josef Glacier. Change things up with a short trip to Mount John University Observatory in Lake Tekapo (about 5h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, trek along Glencoe Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, and stroll through Moraine Walk.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fox Glacier route planner .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Akaroa.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Franz Josef, Mount John University Observatory
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Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

2
nights
Akaroa

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Giant's House, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Hinewai Reserve, get engrossed in the history at Akaroa Museum, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Akaroa road trip website .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Akaroa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Akaroa

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:
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Swim with Dolphins
Kayaking & Canoeing
Akaroa Museum ©
Akaroa Museum

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, then hike along Ohau Stream Walk, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Seal Colony.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kaikoura trip planning tool .

Drive from Akaroa to Kaikoura in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and National War Memorial. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old St Paul's and Wellington Cable Car. Step out of Wellington to go to Paraparaumu and see Southward Car Museum, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and explore the activities along Oriental Bay.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip maker .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kaikoura to Wellington takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In November in Wellington, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Wainui Lookout, Southward Car Museum
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
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Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum
Staglands Wildlife Reserve ©
Staglands Wildlife Reserve

4
nights
Rotorua

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.
Visit Buried Village of Te Wairoa and St Michael's Catholic Church for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Tukairangi Gallery and St. Lukes Anglican Church. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Base Track & Mt Maunganui Main Beach) and Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planner.

Getting from Wellington to Rotorua by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tauranga, Taupo, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, River Rafting & Tubing
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
River Rafting & Tubing

6
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 hidden gems such as Paihia Harbour and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get some historical perspective at Christ Church and Pompallier Mission and Printery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi), The Kauri Museum (in Matakohe) and Kawiti Caves (in Kawakawa). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paihia trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Whangarei, The Kauri Museum, Kawiti Caves
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 23:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
The Kauri Museum ©
The Kauri Museum
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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