37 days in New Zealand Itinerary

37 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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37 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  4​h
1
Napier
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
New Plymouth
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Blenheim
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Wanaka
— 13 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Queenstown
— 12 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Auckland

2
nights
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sunken Gardens and Sileni Estates. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Faraday Centre, appreciate the history behind Pania of the Reef Statue, look for all kinds of wild species at Gannet Colony, and look for gifts at New Zealand Wood and Jade.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Napier trip planner .

Auckland to Napier is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Sileni Estates, Gannet Colony, Elephant Hill
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Sunken Gardens ©
Sunken Gardens
Moana Park Winery ©
Moana Park Winery
Elephant Hill ©
Elephant Hill

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park and Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. Change things up with a short trip to Aratiatia Rapids in Taupo (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, explore and take pictures at Agrodome, and take in the natural beauty of Kuirau Park.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua online day trip planner .

You can drive from Napier to Rotorua in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Rotorua are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Aratiatia Rapids, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Aratiatia Rapids ©
Aratiatia Rapids
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools ©
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

2
nights
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tupare, get to know the fascinating history of Port Taranaki Walkway, and then head off the coast to Paritutu Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Pukeiti, tour the pleasant surroundings at Back Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the New Plymouth tour planner .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to New Plymouth takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Blenheim.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Nature Beaches
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Paritutu Rock ©
Paritutu Rock
Pukeiti ©
Pukeiti
Port Taranaki Walkway ©
Port Taranaki Walkway

few
hours
Blenheim

Blenheim
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Marlborough Sounds. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Blenheim: Queen Charlotte Track (in Picton) and World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum (in Nelson). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, take in nature's colorful creations at Upton Oaks Garden, and learn about winemaking at Johanneshof Cellars.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Blenheim day trip planning website .

You can fly from New Plymouth to Blenheim in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. May in Blenheim sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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13
nights
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 Roys Peak Track and Mount Iron Track. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wanaka: The Wrinkly Rams (in Omarama) and Lake Ohau (in Twizel). Spend the 12th (Sun) on the water with a fishing tour. Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring nature at Mount Aspiring National Park. There's still lots to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and see the interesting displays at Warbirds & Wheels.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Wanaka online sightseeing planner .

Fly from Blenheim to Wanaka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lake Ohau, The Wrinkly Rams, Haast Pass, Fantail Falls
Find places to stay May 11 — 25:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track
Helicopter Tours

12
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Chasm Walk and Dark Ride. Venture out of the city with trips to Cromwell Heritage Precinct (in Cromwell), Milford Sound (Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory & Bowen Falls) and Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk (in Glenorchy). Fill the 28th (Tue) with unforgettable perspectives with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the 30th (Thu), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Moke Lake, get interesting insight from Tours, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and explore the world behind art at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Queenstown visit planner .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Arrowtown, Milford Sound, Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk, The Chasm Walk
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Beer Tastings & Tours

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