49 days in New Zealand Itinerary

49 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Milford Sound
— 1 night
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Te Anau
— 6 nights
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
Fly
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Christchurch
— 4 nights
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5
Wellington
— 5 nights
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 5 nights
Drive
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New Plymouth
— 1 night
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Paihia
— 5 nights
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Auckland
— 4 nights
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Milford Sound

— 1 night

Eighth Wonder of the World

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 find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Milford Sound travel planning site.

Toronto, Canada to Milford Sound is an approximately 27-hour flight. 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

Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your trip

Te Anau

— 6 nights
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 find maps, reviews, where to stay, 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 · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 7:

Queenstown

— 6 nights

Shallow Bay

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: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown sightseeing planning site.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 13:

Christchurch

— 4 nights

Garden City

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.

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

You can fly from Queenstown to Christchurch in 3.5 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 · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

Wellington

— 5 nights

Harbour Capital

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: Queen Charlotte Track (in Picton) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Blenheim). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, head outdoors with Wellington Ocean Sports, and contemplate the long history of Old St Paul's.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Christchurch in January since evenings lows in Wellington dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:

Rotorua

— 6 nights

Sulphur City

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, relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and contemplate the long history of Te Puia.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rotorua tour itinerary maker app.

Fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. 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 · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 28:

Tongariro National Park

— 3 nights
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 more things to do, maps, traveler tips, 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 · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:

Waitomo Caves

— 5 nights
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: Cape Reinga Lighthouse (in Cape Reinga) and Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Ruakuri Walk, and head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves holiday planner.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 5:

New Plymouth

— 1 night
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 see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, 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:

Paihia

— 5 nights
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 Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei), Footprints Waipoua (in Waipoua Forest) and Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Paihia itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from New Plymouth to Paihia takes 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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 11:

Auckland

— 4 nights

City of Sails

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 find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland road trip site.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; 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 · Wineries · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 15:

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.