34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Te Anau
— 4 nights
2
Queenstown
— 4 nights
3
Wanaka
— 4 nights
4
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
5
Akaroa
— 2 nights
6
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
7
Wellington
— 3 nights
8
Rotorua
— 4 nights
9
Paihia
— 6 nights

4
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Milford Sound and Lake Te Anau. Step off the beaten path and head to The Chasm Walk and Kayaking & Canoeing. When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, approximately Milford away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Hollyford Track, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, and take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau online trip itinerary builder.

Melbourne, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Te Anau, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone 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
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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Step out of the city life by going to Arrowtown Village and Queenstown Hill. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery and Chard Farm Winery. And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at The Remarkables Ski Area, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, cruise along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coronet Peak.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown day trip planning app.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to 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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Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village
Safaris
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill

4
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Wanaka and Mount Iron Track. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Blue Pools Track. There's much more to do: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, get your game on at Puzzling World, trot along with a tour on horseback, and hike along Roys Peak Track.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Wanaka by bus takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 2:
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Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
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.
Get outdoors at Hooker Valley Track and Kea Point Track. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Helicopter Tours and Lake Matheson Walk. Get out of town with these interesting Fox Glacier side-trips: Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef), Glencoe Walk (in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)) and Mount John University Observatory (in Lake Tekapo). There's much more to do: hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, tour the pleasant surroundings at Minnehaha Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fox Glacier tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier takes 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Akaroa.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Franz Josef, Mount John University Observatory
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

2
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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, thenadmire the natural beauty at The Giants House, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Hinewai Reserve, get engrossed in the history at Akaroa Museum, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Akaroa journey planner.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Akaroa in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Akaroa are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Akaroa

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

2
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Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony, thenhike along Ohau Stream Walk, and then trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kaikoura journey planner.

You can drive from Akaroa to Kaikoura in 3.5 hours. Other options are to 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
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:
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Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wellington Cable Car and Old St Paul's. Wellington Museum and National War Memorial will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from Wellington with a short trip to Southward Car Museum in Paraparaumu, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, look for all kinds of wild species at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington itinerary maker site.

Getting from Kaikoura to Wellington by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In November, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. 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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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum
Staglands Wildlife Reserve ©
Staglands Wildlife Reserve

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Huka Falls Walkway and Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Tukairangi Gallery (in Acacia Bay) and Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, steep yourself in history at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rotorua online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Wellington to Rotorua by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Taupo, Tauranga, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 17:
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave

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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 The Kauri Museum and Christ Church. Get some historical perspective at Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve and KeriKeri New Zealand. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Kawiti Caves (in Kawakawa), Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi) and Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Whangarei Falls, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Paihia trip builder app.

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

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Whangarei, Kawiti Caves, Tane Mahuta Walk
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 23:
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The Kauri Museum ©
The Kauri Museum
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling

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