44 days in New Zealand Itinerary

44 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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44 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Paihia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Taupo
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Wellington
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Christchurch
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
9
Te Anau
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
10
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Montreal

2
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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Sky Tower, explore the activities along Devonport, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and look for gifts at Pauanesia.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Auckland online driving holiday planner .

Montreal, Canada to Auckland is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Montreal to Auckland due to the time zone difference. In November, Auckland is warmer than Montreal - with highs of 20°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
Take a break from Paihia with a short trip to Bream Head Coast Walks in Whangarei, about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take a memorable tour with Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and step off the mainland to explore Urupukapuka Island.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paihia travel route planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

KeriKeri New Zealand, Tapeka Point Track, Bream Head Coast Walks
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 23:
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

5
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera), Waitomo Caves (Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Ruakuri Walk) and Rotorua (Lady Knox Geyser, Te Puia, & more). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, stop by Huka Honey Hive, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

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

Fly from Paihia to Taupo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rotorua, Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 28:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

5
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: hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, stroll through Silica Rapids Track, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, and don't miss a visit to Mead's Wall.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 3:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Wellington: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Blenheim) and Picton (Queen Charlotte Track & Marlborough Sounds). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, take in the pleasant sights at Hapuka Estuary Walk, and take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Wellington day trip planning tool .

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Picton, Hapuka Estuary Walk, Wine Tours & Tastings, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

4
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 (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Kayaking & Canoeing) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). There's lots more to do: stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, do a tasting at Pegasus Bay Winery, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Christchurch, with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Akaroa, Ohinetahi Garden, Little River Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:
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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 in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier, hike along Mount Fox Route, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier day trip planning website .

You can drive from Christchurch to Fox Glacier in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:
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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.
Take a break from Mt. Cook Village with a short trip to Lake Tekapo in Lake Tekapo, about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, explore the activities along Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, stroll through Ski The Tasman, and trek along Red Tarns Track.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) 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 Dec 15 — 19:
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

5
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.
Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Pops View Look Out (in Milford Sound). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, stroll through Lake Gunn, hike along Hollyford Track, and appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Pops View Look Out, Milford Foreshore Walk, Routeburn Track
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

4
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, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown online itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

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