36 days in New Zealand Itinerary

36 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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1
Christchurch
— Few hours
2
Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
4
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
5
Wanaka
— 1 night
6
Queenstown
— 2 nights
7
Te Anau
— 2 nights
8
Dunedin
— Few hours
9
Nelson
— 2 nights
10
Wellington
— 2 nights
11
Rotorua
— 3 nights
12
Matamata
— 5 nights
13
Auckland
— 8 nights

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch trip itinerary planning app.

Singapore, Singapore to Christchurch is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to Christchurch, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in October, things will get much colder in Christchurch: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Lake Tekapo.
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:
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Chalice Sculpture ©
Chalice Sculpture

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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
On the 9th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Gem Alpaca Stud, browse for treasures at Three Creeks, take in the exciting artwork at Burkes Pass Gallery, thenmake a trip to Mackenzie Sheep Dog Statue, thenpause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd, and finally stop by Aotea Gifts Tekapo. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Mount John University Observatory.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lake Tekapo online trip planner.

You can drive from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fairlie, Three Creeks
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:
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Aotea Gifts Tekapo ©
Aotea Gifts Tekapo
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd
Gem Alpaca Stud ©
Gem Alpaca Stud

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Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): experience rural life at Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Shop, get answers to all your questions at Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre, and then see the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Glacier Explorers, trek along Governors Bush Walk, thenhike along Kea Point Track, thenhead outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and finally trek along Hooker Valley Track.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook Village by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Shop
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Glacier Explorers ©
Glacier Explorers
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Take a break from the city and head to Gillespies Beach and Franz Josef Glacier. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery and Church of St. James. Change things up with these side-trips from Fox Glacier: Franz Josef (Church of Our Lady of the Alps & Sentinel Rock Walk). There's lots more to do: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Fox Glacier online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:
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ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery ©
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): hike along Blue Pools Track, learn about winemaking at Rippon Vineyard, and then explore the activities along Lake Wanaka.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Wanaka travel app.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Wanaka by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Nature Trails
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 18:
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Rippon Vineyard ©
Rippon Vineyard
Blue Pools Track
Blue Pools Track

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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.
On the 18th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, and then take a memorable drive along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road. Keep things going the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Nature Parks

Side Trip

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road ©
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu

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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.
On the 20th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau, trek along Mirror Lakes Walk, and then don't miss a visit to Homer Tunnel. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau vacation builder app.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Mirror Lakes Walk, Homer Tunnel
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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Dunedin

Dunedin ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Larnach Castle & Gardens and then see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Dunedin trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Dunedin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:
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Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens

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Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
On the 23rd (Wed), view the masterpieces at Wall To Wall Art Nelson, kick back and relax at Tahunanui Beach, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, thenstop by Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith, and finally view the masterpieces at South Street Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Rare Creations Interactive Wooden Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum, thentake an in-depth tour of Nelson Provincial Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nelson route builder app.

Traveling by flight from Dunedin to Nelson takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Nelson

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Rare Creations Interactive Wooden Art Gallery, Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum ©
World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum
Nelson Provincial Museum ©
Nelson Provincial Museum
Tahunanui Beach ©
Tahunanui Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Oriental Bay, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Cuba Street, thenget around town with Wellington Cable Car, and then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington travel website.

Traveling by flight from Nelson to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

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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.
Te Puia and Rotorua Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Huka Falls Walkway and Kinloch Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Tukairangi Gallery (in Acacia Bay) and Helicopter Tours (in Taupo). The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Rotorua trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Rotorua takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Matamata.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Taupo
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:
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Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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Matamata

Matamata ©
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Escape the urban bustle at Wairere Falls and Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Te Awamutu Space Centre and Leveret Estate Winery and Cellar Door. Get out of town with these interesting Matamata side-trips: Waihi (Gold Discovery Centre & Waihi Martha Mine Pit Rim Walkway), Paeroa (Hauraki Rail Trail & Lemon & Paeroa Bottle) and Whangamata (Whangamata Beach & The Little Gallery Whangamata). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, look for gifts at Alexander Organics, don't miss a visit to Dog and Sheep Shaped Corrugated Metal Buildings, and take in the exciting artwork at The Garden Art Studio.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Matamata trip website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Matamata in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Matamata are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Matamata

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Waihi, Paeroa, Whangamata, Cambridge, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 3:
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Hauraki Rail Trail ©
Hauraki Rail Trail
Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach
Wairere Falls ©
Wairere Falls

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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.
St. Patrick's Cathedral and St Stephen's Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Auckland Museum and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach), Red Beach (in Red Beach) and Orewa Beach (in Orewa). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Browns Bay Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planning app.

Drive from Matamata to Auckland in 2 hours. Traveling from Matamata in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °C in Auckland. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Piha, Auckland Region, Muriwai Gannet Colony, Red Beach, Stockade Hill
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 11:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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