43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific travel route maker

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Auckland
— 6 nights
Drive
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Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly to Auckland, Ferry to Waiheke Island
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Waiheke Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Coromandel, Drive to Whitianga
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Whitianga
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Whanganui
— 1 night
Drive
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Wellington
— 3 nights
Drive
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Abel Tasman National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Kaikoura
— 1 night
Drive
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Christchurch
Drive
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Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 9 nights
Drive
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Balclutha
— 3 nights
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Auckland

— 6 nights

City of Sails

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.
You've added Town Basin, Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve, Whangarei Falls, and other attractions to your itinerary. Take a break from Auckland with a short trip to Waipu Coastal Trail in Whangarei, about 2 hours away.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary planning app.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In April in Auckland, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 7:

Paihia

— 3 nights
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.
You've added Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, Christ Church, Matai Bay, and other attractions to your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Nancy Fladgate Track in Russell (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Paihia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:

Waiheke Island

— 2 nights

Island of Wine

Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
Wild on Waiheke has been added to your itinerary. On the 10th (Sat), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Wild on Waiheke and then learn about winemaking at Kennedy Point Vineyard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Oneroa Beach, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then learn about winemaking at Stonyridge Vineyard, and finally do a tasting at Mudbrick Vineyard.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Waiheke Island trip app.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Paihia to Waiheke Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Whitianga.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Wineries · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:

Whitianga

— 5 nights
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Your day by day itinerary now includes Hahei Explorer Cathedral Cove Boat Tour, Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, Mount Paku, and other attractions you added. Get in touch with nature at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Cathedral Cove Walk. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Thames School of Mines and Mineralogical Museum and Thames Society of Arts. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whitianga: Burke Street Wharf (in Thames), Hot Water Beach (in Hot Water Beach) and Hahei Beach Walk (in Hahei). The adventure continues: boost your wellbeing at The Lost Spring, admire all the interesting features of Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Square Kauri Tree, and examine the collection at Mercury Bay Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Whitianga day trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Waiheke Island to Whitianga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, daytime highs in Whitianga are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 17:

Rotorua

— 3 nights

Sulphur City

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.
You've added Mount Maunganui Summit Track, Mount Maunganui Base Track, Kerosene Creek, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Te Puia and Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village. Get in touch with nature at Huka Falls Walkway and Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & L'Arte). There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, trot along with a tour on horseback, and identify plant and animal life at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary website.

Getting from Whitianga to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Rotorua are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Whanganui.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 20:

Whanganui

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Puketarata Garden, Tawhiti Museum, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Wanganui Winter Garden, contemplate the long history of Cameron Blockhouse, take in the dramatic scenery at Mangawhero Falls, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and finally admire the natural beauty at Bason Botanic Gardens.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Whanganui vacation planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Whanganui by car takes about 4 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rotorua in April: highs in Whanganui hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 58°F. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Wellington.

Things to do in Whanganui

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 21:

Wellington

— 3 nights

Harbour Capital

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.
You've added Orongorongo Track, Colonial Knob Walk, Orongorongo Track, and other attractions to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Old St Paul's and Katherine Mansfield House and Garden are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and The Great War Exhibition. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, take a stroll through Cuba Street, explore the activities along Oriental Bay, and appreciate the history behind John Plimmer Statue.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Wellington tour planning website.

Traveling by car from Whanganui to Wellington takes 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Wellington are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 24:

Abel Tasman National Park

— 1 night
Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kaiteriteri Beach, Aroha Health Spa and Sanctuary, Tableland Circuit, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Rawhiti Cave Track, explore the striking landscape at Labyrinth Rocks, look for all kinds of wild species at Tonga Island Marine Reserve, hike along Wharariki Beach Walking Track, then explore the activities along Stilwell Bay, and finally relax in the rural setting at Anatoki Salmon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Abel Tasman Coast Track.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Abel Tasman National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wellington to Abel Tasman National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 25:

Kaikoura

— 1 night
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kaikoura Coastal Track, The Point Sheep Shearing Show, Conical Hill, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Kaikoura Coastal Track, trek along Ohau Stream Walk, get engrossed in the history at Kaikoura Museum, don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony, then identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Seal Colony, and finally take a peaceful walk through Hanmer Forest.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kaikoura trip maker website.

Explore your travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Kaikoura with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 26:

Christchurch

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Garden of Tane, Trotts Garden, Canterbury Museum, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Crater Rim Walkway.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch online route planner.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 27:

Lake Tekapo

— 2 nights
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Dark Sky Project, Tekapo Springs, Mount John Summit Circuit Track, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Te Ana Maori Rock Art, boost your wellbeing at Tekapo Springs, join in the after-dark buzz at Dark Sky Project, then trek along Mount John Summit Circuit Track, then take in the pleasant sights at Mount John University Observatory, and finally take a memorable tour with Tekapo Jet. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pukaki.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks · Spas · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:

Franz Josef

— 2 nights
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
You've added Roberts Point Track, Tatare Tunnels Walk, Callery Gorge Walk, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 29th (Thu), explore the activities along Okarito Lagoon, trek along Tatare Tunnels Walk, explore the activities along Lake Mapourika, stroll around Okarito Trig Walk and Three Mile Lagoon, then trek along Roberts Point Track, and finally stroll through Terrace Walk. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Callery Gorge Walk, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of the Alps, stroll through Peters Pool Walk, then don't miss a visit to Franz Josef Glacier, and finally hike along Sentinel Rock Walk.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Franz Josef trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Franz Josef takes 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:

Queenstown

— 9 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Pioneer Park, Kawarau River, Cardrona Bra Fence, and other attractions. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St Peter's Anglican Church and Vesta Design Boutique. Take a break from the city and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Kiwi Birdlife Park. Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Kawarau Suspension Bridge in Gibbston--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, explore the galleries of Silver Fern Gallery, and contemplate the long history of One Mile Power House.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip planner.

Traveling by car from Franz Josef to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will leave for Balclutha on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 10:

Balclutha

— 3 nights
Balclutha is a town in Otago, lying towards the end of the Clutha River, on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Your list of things to see and do now includes Clutha Gold Trail, Nugget Point Lighthouse, Roxburgh Gorge Trail, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at McLean Falls Walk, admire the sheer force of Purakaunui Falls Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Cathedral Caves Walk, then get a new perspective on nature at Gemston & Fossil Museum Birdlings Flat, then see the interesting displays at South Otago Museum, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Nugget Point Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Balclutha travel route builder.

Drive from Queenstown to Balclutha in 3 hours. You'll set off for home on the 13th (Thu).

Things to do in Balclutha

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 13:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.

Bay of Islands travel guide

4.4
Historic Sites · Swim with Dolphins · Dolphin & Whale Watching
World-renowned place for big-game fishing, the subtropical microregion of Bay of Islands has enjoyed fame ever since the adventure novelist Zane Grey released "Tales of the Angler's El Dorado, New Zealand" in the 1930s. Your own Bay of Islands trip can be as adventurous as you like, with great opportunities for spotting whales, dolphins, marlins, and penguins, as well as popular dive spots. Don't forget to turn your gaze upward from the abundant sea: the sky here is the second-bluest in the word, according to a scientific study conducted early in the 21st century. The bay's many islands have great hiking trails, and long sandy beaches stretch along the coves and inlets on the mainland.