40 days in New Zealand Itinerary

40 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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40 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Cebu City, Cebu Island
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Dunedin
— 2 nights
bus:  5​h 30​min
3
Wanaka
— 6 nights
bus:  7​h 30​min
4
Christchurch
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Wellington
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Auckland
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Cebu City, Cebu Island

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.
Head to Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery and Vesta Design Boutiquefor some retail therapy. Popular historic sites such as Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Fallen Soldiers Memorial are in your itinerary. Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Wooing Tree Vineyard (in Cromwell), Tobins Track (in Arrowtown) and Roxburgh (Clutha Gold Trail & Roxburgh Gorge Trail). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Coronet Peak, stroll through Lake Hayes Walkway, do a tasting at Mt Rosa Wines, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip planner .

Cebu City, Philippines to Queenstown is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Cebu City to Queenstown, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Roxburgh, Cromwell
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Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

2
nights
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 25th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Aramoana Beach, and then stroll through St Clair Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Matanaka Farm Building and then look for all kinds of wild species at Shag Point Nature Reserve.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Dunedin trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Queenstown to Dunedin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Shag Point Nature Reserve, Matanaka Farm Building
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Aramoana Beach ©
Aramoana Beach
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
St Clair Beach ©
St Clair Beach

6
nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Kurow Museum and Information Centre and The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop. Attractions like Monro Beach and Ship Creek Walks make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Wanaka's surroundings by going to The Wrinkly Rams (in Omarama), Bendigo Historic Reserve (in Bendigo) and Knights Point Lookout (in Haast). The adventure continues: trek along Blue Pools Track, do a tasting at Archangel, stroll through Isthmus Peak Track, and view the masterpieces at The Picture Lounge.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Wanaka day trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Dunedin to Wanaka takes 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Haast, Monro Beach, Bendigo Historic Reserve, Kurow Museum and Information Centre, Haast Pass
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Monro Beach ©
Monro Beach
Ship Creek Walks ©
Ship Creek Walks
Fantail Falls ©
Fantail Falls

6
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Relax by the water at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) and Corsair Bay. You'll explore and learn at Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum and Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu). Venture out of the city with trips to Geraldine Observatory (in Geraldine), Arts in Oxford (in Oxford) and Akaroa (Saint Peter's Anglican Church, Catholic St. Patrick's Akaroa, & more). On the 4th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Mt Hutt Ski Area. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Hills, identify plant and animal life at Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area, brush up on your military savvy at Ashburton Aviation Museum, and appreciate the history behind Diminish and Ascend.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Christchurch trip builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Wanaka to Christchurch takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Akaroa, South Island, Geraldine, Arts in Oxford, Ashburton Aviation Museum
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Geraldine Observatory ©
Geraldine Observatory
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)

6
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.
Appreciate the collections at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and National War Memorial. Step off the beaten path and head to Safaris and Space Place at Carter Observatory. Get out of town with these interesting Wellington side-trips: Paraparaumu (Southward Car Museum & Paraparaumu Beach), C'est Cheese (in Featherston) and Cobblestones Museum (in Greytown). There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Peka Peka Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Yard Art Lower North Island, and get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Wellington online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Wellington, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Paraparaumu, Waikanae, Foxton, Cobblestones Museum, C'est Cheese
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Safaris
Space Place at Carter Observatory ©
Space Place at Carter Observatory

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Volcanic Hills Winery and 3D Trick Art Gallery. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Papamoa Beach and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. Go for a jaunt from Rotorua to Tauranga to see the Zeus Gallery about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Michael's Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, and take in nature's colorful creations at Government Gardens.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip itinerary maker site .

Fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Papamoa Beach, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, River Rafting & Tubing, the Zeus Gallery
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 18:
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach
River Rafting & Tubing

7
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.
Get some historical perspective at Howick Historical Village and Manukau Heads Lighthouse. Explore hidden gems such as Muriwai Gannet Colony and Tawharanui Regional Park. Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Orewa Beach (in Orewa), Warkworth (Of Hand & Heart & Parry Kauri Park) and Waipu Museum (in Waipu). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at St. Helier's Bay, wander the streets of Ponsonby, learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and stroll through Bethells Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Rotorua in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Warkworth, Auckland Region, Waipu Museum, Orewa Beach, Browns Bay Beach
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Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park

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