44 days in New Zealand Itinerary

44 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip itinerary maker

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

44 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  28​h
1
Auckland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Paihia
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
3
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​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
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
10
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
11
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Barcelona

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Waiheke Island) and Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nelson Street Cycleway, enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach, and contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Auckland is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Barcelona to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Barcelona in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Auckland, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Hamilton Gardens, Wine Tours & Tastings, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei) and Tapeka Point Track (in Russell). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get interesting insight from Tours, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia route planner .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bream Head Coast Walks, KeriKeri New Zealand, Tapeka Point Track
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island

3
nights
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.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Waitomo Caves using our trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kapiti Island, Aranui Cave
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

3
nights
Whakapapa

Take a break from Whakapapa with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi, about 34 minutes away.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Whakapapa vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

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) and Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Zipline, & more). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, walk around Huka Prawn Park, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Taupo trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, classes, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, get outside with Great Alpine Highway, get great views at Wellington Cable Car, and take in the dramatic natural features at Pinnacles Track.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington trip site .

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in March, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Catchpool Loop Walk, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 2:
Highlights from your plan
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa). And it doesn't end there: walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, enjoy the views from TranzAlpine Train, and take in nature's colorful creations at Ohinetahi Garden.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Christchurch online holiday maker .

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. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Wellington in April, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Little River Gallery, Ohinetahi Garden
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
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, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matheson Walk, trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, and explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Fox Glacier online route planner .

Drive from Christchurch to Fox Glacier in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

3
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 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Hooker Valley Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sealy Tarns Track, hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman, and head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village journey planner.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can 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
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, trek along The Chasm Walk, and stroll through Kepler Track.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau attractions website .

Explore your travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take a memorable tour with Tours, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown journey planning website .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu

Similar Plans

60 days in Europe, Africa, Asia, South Pacific, Central America & Caribbean BY A USER FROM SWEDEN June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 9 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM INDONESIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 29 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 12 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans