49 days in New Zealand Itinerary

49 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Toronto
Fly:  35 h
1
Milford Sound
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Te Anau
— 6 nights
Bus:  2 h
3
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Christchurch
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Wellington
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h
6
Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Waitomo Caves
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3 h
10
Paihia
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
11
Auckland
— 4 nights
Fly:  27 h
End: Toronto

1
night
Milford Sound

Milford Sound ©
Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hollyford Track.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, use the Milford Sound travel planning site.

Toronto, Canada to Milford Sound is an approximately 27- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Toronto to Milford Sound. On the 1st (Mon), you'll travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

6
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 (Tue), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. On the 6th (Sat), hike the day away at Kepler Track. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, trek along The Chasm Walk, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Te Anau trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Milford Sound to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Routeburn Track
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 7:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn 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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Queenstown attractions planning website.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 13:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

4
nights
Christchurch

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: Akaroa (Fishermans Bay Garden & Pohatu penguins/Plunge NZ Ltd). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Christchurch in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Parks

Side Trip

Akaroa
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Wellington side-trips: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Blenheim) and Queen Charlotte Track (in Picton). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, and get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Wellington tour itinerary planner.

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, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Wellington, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Wellington Botanic Garden, Wine Tours & Tastings, Queen Charlotte Track
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wine Tours & Tastings
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

6
nights
Rotorua

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway, Huka Honey Hive, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, trot along with a tour on horseback, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and contemplate the long history of Te Puia.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Rotorua tour itinerary maker app.

Fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Taupo
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 28:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, then identify plant and animal life at Tongariro National Trout Centre, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park holiday builder app.

You can drive from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Turangi
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Waitomo Caves side-trips: Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton) and Cape Reinga Lighthouse (in Cape Reinga). The adventure continues: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, get interesting insight from Tours, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, and take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kapiti Island, Hamilton Gardens, Cape Reinga Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 5:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Waitomo Adventures ©
Waitomo Adventures
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 5th (Mon), take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway and then step off the mainland to explore Paritutu Rock.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read New Plymouth trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to New Plymouth takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 6:
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Paritutu Rock ©
Paritutu Rock

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Footprints Waipoua (in Waipoua Forest), Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei) and Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, look for gifts at The Cabbage Tree Shop, and admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from New Plymouth to Paihia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Haruru Falls, Footprints Waipoua, Bream Head Coast Walks, Tane Mahuta Walk
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 11:
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland road trip site.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In February in Auckland, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Tours
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 15:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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