37 days in New Zealand Itinerary

37 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paihia
— 3 nights
2
Auckland
— 2 nights
3
Hamilton
— 1 night
4
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
5
Hinuera
— 2 nights
6
Rotorua
— 4 nights
7
Taupo
— 4 nights
8
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
9
Wellington
— 1 night
10
Christchurch
— 2 nights
11
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
12
Te Anau
— 5 nights
13
Queenstown
— 4 nights

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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, trek along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, and admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Paihia online driving holiday planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Haruru Falls
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 2:
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
On the 3rd (Wed), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, thenbrush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, thenstop by Pauanesia, and finally make a trip to SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Auckland Zoo, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, and then stroll through Cheltenham Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. March in Auckland sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 4:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens, and then stroll around Hamilton Lake Domain.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton trip planning tool.

Drive from Auckland to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Museums
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 5:
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Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum
Hamilton Lake Domain ©
Hamilton Lake Domain

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, thenHead underground at Ruakuri Cave, thenrelax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves vacation maker website.

Getting from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Hinuera.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 6:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

2
nights
Hinuera

Hinuera ©
Hinuera's claim to fame is Hobbiton, the setting for the shires in the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies by New Zealand director Peter Jackson.
You've now added Hobbiton Movie Set to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hinuera travel route site.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Hinuera in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Hinuera can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Hinuera

Parks Nature
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Huka Falls ©
Huka Falls

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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the long history of Te Puia, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Hinuera to Rotorua by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Okere Falls, Whakaari White Island Volcano
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 12:
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Whakaari White Island Volcano ©
Whakaari White Island Volcano
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

4
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Step out of Taupo to go to Turangi and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, explore the striking landscape at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, and make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 16:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Step out of Tongariro National Park with an excursion to Mt Ngauruhoe in Turangi--about 36 minutes away. On the 17th (Wed), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. There's lots more to do: trek along Tongariro Northern Circuit, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, stroll through Taranaki Falls, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Ohakune Old Coach Road.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park day trip planning site.

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Mt Ngauruhoe
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit
Silica Rapids Track ©
Silica Rapids Track

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, thenget a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Old St Paul's, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Plan trip to Wellington with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Historic Sites Transportation
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 21:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
New Zealand Parliament ©
New Zealand Parliament

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 22nd (Mon), see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, thenget engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, thenadmire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally make a trip to Cardboard Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch day trip planner.

Fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in March, Christchurch is little chillier at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Museums
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

3
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Fox Glacier South Side Walk, &more) and Franz Josef (Franz Josef Glacier, Sentinel Rock Walk, &more).

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip itinerary builder.

You can take a bus from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Fox Glacier
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 26:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

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 Boat Tours & Water Sports, which is approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 30th (Tue), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, hike along Lake Marian Track, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau takes 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Boat Tours & Water Sports
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 31:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get interesting insight from Tours, and tee off at Queenstown Golf Club.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown attractions planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 4:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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