47 days in New Zealand Itinerary

47 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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47 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Taupo
— 6 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
— 3 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
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Paihia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Auckland

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: take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland journey maker tool .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Auckland. In September in Auckland, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

2
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk. On the next day, Head underground at Caveworld, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, then head off the coast to Kapiti Island, and finally experience rural life at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Waitomo Caves online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kapiti Island, Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds

6
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Rotorua (Zipline, Amokura Glass, & more). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, laugh and play at Huka Prawn Park, and get outside with Taupo Rod & Tackle.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo road trip planner .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 10:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline

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, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Horsemtrails.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park trip planner .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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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: Marlborough Sounds (in Picton) and Beer Tastings & Tours (in Blenheim). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington trip planner .

You can 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. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Wellington Botanic Garden, Marlborough Sounds, Beer Tastings & Tours
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Beer Tastings & Tours

3
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Change things up with these side-trips from Christchurch: Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Akaroa (The Garden at French Farm & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and have fun at Velocity Karts.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip planner .

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 slightly colder evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Wellington in October, with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Parks Transportation

Side Trips

Akaroa, Little River Gallery, Ohinetahi Garden
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Fox Glacier to Franz Josef to see Sentinel Rock Walk about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, and trek along Minnehaha Walk.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip itinerary site .

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 26th (Sat) 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 Oct 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
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 to go to Lake Tekapo and see Lake Tekapo, which is approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, hike along Kea Point Track, and fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mt. Cook Village online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) 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 Oct 26 — 30:
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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.
On the 2nd (Sat), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. On the 3rd (Sun), hike the day away at Dusky Track. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, trek along Lake Gunn, and identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 4:
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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, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, fly down the slopes at The Remarkables Ski Area, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 10:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

5
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.
When in Paihia, make a side trip to see Bream Head Coast Walks in Whangarei, approximately 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and step off the mainland to explore Urupukapuka Island.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia online itinerary planner .

Fly from Queenstown to Paihia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive back home.

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 10 — 15:
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas

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