46 days in New Zealand Itinerary

46 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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46 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Taipei
Fly + Drive:  18​h 45​min
1
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Taupo
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Whakapapa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
10
Paihia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Auckland
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Taipei

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. On the 20th (Sun), hike the day away at Dusky Track. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hollyford Track, and appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau online tour planner .

Taipei, Taiwan to Te Anau is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Taipei to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 21:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

5
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: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coronet Peak, get interesting insight from Tours, and do a tasting at Peregrine Wines.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Spas

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Go for a jaunt from Mt. Cook Village to Lake Tekapo to see Lake Tekapo about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, trek along Red Tarns Track, stroll through Glencoe Walk, and fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village trip maker website .

Getting from Queenstown to Mt. Cook Village by car takes about 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

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: explore the striking landscape of Fox Glacier, hike along Copland Track, stroll through Minnehaha Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier online travel planner .

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, have fun at Velocity Karts, catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train, and let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Christchurch trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Christchurch by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In November in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Little River Gallery, Ohinetahi Garden
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

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 a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Wellington trip planner .

Fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Wellington, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Wellington Botanic Garden, Tonga Island Marine Reserve, Wainui Lookout
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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.
Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Zipline, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, enjoy some diversion at Clay Break Taupo, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Taupo trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

5
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Whakapapa is known for winter sports, nature, trails, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track, go for a walk through Mead's Wall, and explore the activities along Tama Lakes.

Discover how to plan a Whakapapa trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Taupo to Whakapapa in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

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, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves tour itinerary tool .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Aranui Cave, Kapiti Island
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paihia: Tapeka Point Track (in Russell) and Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Paihia trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bream Head Coast Walks, Kings Theatre Creative, Tapeka Point Track
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas

4
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). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to SkyTower, contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, and have some family-friendly fun at Sky Screamer Reverse Bungy.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Auckland trip planner .

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours

Side Trips

Hamilton Gardens, Wine Tours & Tastings
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens

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