36 days in New Zealand Itinerary

36 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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36 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  8​h
1
Paihia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Milford
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Auckland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Hot Water Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Rotorua
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Wellington
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  8​h 15​min
7
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
9
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Waitangi Treaty Grounds and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station. Venture out of the city with trips to Ocean Beach (in Whangarei Heads), Blue River Orchard (in Waipapa) and Byrne Northland Wines (in Kerikeri). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, tee off at Waitangi Golf Club, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Paihia trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Milford.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Blue River Orchard, Ocean Beach
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Milford

Milford
For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Milford travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Paihia to Milford in 3 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Milford can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 17th (Mon), you'll travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Milford

Fun & Games Parks Tours
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5
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Auckland War Memorial Museum and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: Oneroa Beach (in Waiheke Island), Red Beach (in Red Beach) and Stonyridge Vineyard (in Onetangi). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Anawhata, enjoy the sand and surf at Mangawhai Beach, and do a tasting at Foxes Island.

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Auckland is just a short distance from Milford. In February in Auckland, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Hot Water Beach.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Auckland Region, Browns Bay Beach, Red Beach, Mangawhai Beach
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 22:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki ©
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

1
night
Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach ©
Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): look for gifts at Moko Artspace and then take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach.

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Traveling by car from Auckland to Hot Water Beach takes 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Auckland in February since evenings lows in Hot Water Beach dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Outdoors Nature Beaches
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Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Moko Artspace ©
Moko Artspace

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Taupo (Kinloch Beach, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, & more) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Waitomo Caves). And it doesn't end there: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, play a few rounds at FootGolf New Zealand, and do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Hot Water Beach to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. In February in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Taupo, Okere Falls Track, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 29:
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Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Thermal Spas

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Wellington Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wellington Cable Car and Old St Paul's. Get out of town with these interesting Wellington side-trips: Martinborough (Poppies Martinborough & Haythornthwaite Wines). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, look for all kinds of wild species at Tonga Island Marine Reserve, and sample the tasty concoctions at Garage Project.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Wellington road trip website .

You can fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rotorua in February, you will find days in Wellington are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Martinborough, Tonga Island Marine Reserve
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Tonga Island Marine Reserve ©
Tonga Island Marine Reserve

2
nights
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 Fox Glacier with a short trip to Monro Beach in Lake Moeraki, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, stroll through Minnehaha Walk, explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Fox Glacier in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Monro Beach
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Monro Beach ©
Monro Beach
Spas

6
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.
Popular historic sites such as Vesta Design Boutique and Fallen Soldiers Memorial are in your itinerary. Silver Fern Gallery and Queenstown Arts Centre will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Queenstown to go to Wanaka and see Rippon Vineyard, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and play a few rounds at Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Queenstown itinerary planner.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Wineries Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Millbrook Resort Golf Course, Rippon Vineyard
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Spas

5
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 to go to Milford Sound and see Milford sound Hwy, which is approximately 56 minutes away. On the 16th (Mon), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, tee off at Te Anau Golf Club, appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument, and hike along Lake Gunn.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip planner .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford sound Hwy
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary ©
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary
Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy

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