48 days in New Zealand Itinerary

48 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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48 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  30​h
1
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
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
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Whakapapa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
10
Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Auckland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
Paihia
— 5 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Tel Aviv

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, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown attractions planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Queenstown is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 10 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, about 1h 15 min away. On the 17th (Fri), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, hike along Kepler Track, and look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Te Anau holiday planning app .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

3
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 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: trek along Hooker Valley Track, head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mueller Hut Route, and hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to 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 Jan 17 — 20:
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

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, stroll through Franz Josef Glacier, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier online attractions planner .

Drive from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

3
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train, and admire the natural beauty at Ohinetahi Garden.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch tour planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Christchurch takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Museums

Side Trips

Ohinetahi Garden, Little River Gallery, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wellington: Picton (Queen Charlotte Track & Marlborough Sounds). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, and admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Christchurch to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Wellington. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Picton, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track

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.
Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Zipline, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Taupo online tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

4
nights
Whakapapa

When in Whakapapa, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi, approximately 34 minutes away.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Whakapapa visit planner .

Drive from Taupo to Whakapapa in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

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, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, take a memorable tour with Tours, and get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds.

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

You can drive from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aranui Cave, Kapiti Island
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 11:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

1
night
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the 12th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens, and then get outside with The Don Rowlands Centre Lake Karapiro.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton journey planning app .

You can take a bus from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

The Don Rowlands Centre Lake Karapiro
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum

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.
Take a break from Auckland with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Waiheke Island, about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach, look for gifts at Pauanesia, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Hamilton to Auckland in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Blue River Orchard (in Waipapa) and Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Tapeka Point Track). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, cast your line with a fishing tour, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Paihia trip 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Russell, The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, Blue River Orchard
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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