43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly:  28​h
1
Auckland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Paihia
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
10
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
11
Queenstown
— 7 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Munich

3
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.
Step out of Auckland to go to Whitianga and see The Lost Spring, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Sky Tower, stop by Pauanesia, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and stroll through Cheltenham Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip planner.

Munich, Germany to Auckland is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 11 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Munich in February: high temperatures in Auckland hover around 26°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Stockade Hill, The Lost Spring, Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
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 parks, wildlife, nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia trip maker website .

Drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk. On the next day, snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, admire the sheer force of Marokopa Falls Walk, relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, then get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally Head underground at Caveworld.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip maker tool .

Getting from Paihia to Waitomo Caves by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Nature
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taupo: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera), Rotorua (Zipline, Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, & more) and ZORB Rotorua (in Ngongotaha). There's lots more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, winter sports, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, explore the striking landscape of Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wellington: Picton (Marlborough Sounds & Queen Charlotte Track). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, go for a walk through Hapuka Estuary Walk, and steep yourself in history at Old St Paul's.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Wellington trip planning site .

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Wellington by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in February, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Picton, Catchpool Loop Walk, Hapuka Estuary Walk, Wellington Botanic Garden
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Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

3
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Akaroa (The Garden at French Farm, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, enjoy some diversion at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in February, plan for slightly colder nights in Christchurch, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Akaroa, Ohinetahi Garden
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

4
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Fox Glacier is known for nature, trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier, hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, explore the activities along Lake Matheson Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Copland Track.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Christchurch to Fox Glacier in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Step out of Mt. Cook Village with an excursion to Lake Tekapo in Lake Tekapo--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, see the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, stroll through Hooker Valley Track, and trek along Kea Point Track.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kepler Track, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau road trip website .

Explore your travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

7
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Mount Aspiring National Park in Wanaka (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown road trip planner .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Mount Aspiring National Park
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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