49 days in New Zealand Itinerary

49 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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49 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Toronto
Fly:  35​h
Milford Sound
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
Te Anau
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
Christchurch
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
Wellington
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Waitomo Caves
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Paihia
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Auckland Central
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
Toronto

2
days
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): trek along Hollyford Track. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Milford Sound custom trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Milford Sound is an approximately 35-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Toronto to Milford Sound. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Te Anau.

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Outdoors Trails Parks

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Hollyford Track
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

6
days
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), spend a day of history-infused exploration at Kepler Track. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Milford Sound to Te Anau in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

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Parks Nature Outdoors
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Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

6
days
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, parks, spas, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, race across the water with a speed boat tour, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and relax in the rural setting at Walter Peak High Country Farm.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

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Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours

4
days
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Akaroa (Fishermans Bay Garden & Pohatu Penguin Habitat). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, have fun at Velocity Karts Ltd, look for all kinds of wild species at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and get around town with TranzAlpine Train.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch itinerary maker.

Getting from Queenstown to Christchurch by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Wildlife

Side Trip

Akaroa
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Pohatu penguins/Plunge NZ Ltd ©
Pohatu penguins/Plunge NZ Ltd
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

5
days
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.
Explore Wellington's surroundings by going to Wine Tours & Tastings (in Blenheim) and Queen Charlotte Track (in Picton). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, head outdoors with Wellington Ocean Sports, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Wellington trip builder.

Getting from Christchurch to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Wellington, with lows of 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

Queen Charlotte Track, Wine Tours & Tastings
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Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Wine Tours & Tastings

6
days
Rotorua

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, Huka Honey Hive, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, experience rural life at Agrodome, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Taupo
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Huka Falls tracks ©
Huka Falls tracks
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

2
days
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Tongariro National Trout Centre, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park itinerary planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Turangi
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
River Rafting & Tubing
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

5
days
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.
When in Waitomo Caves, make a side trip to see Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and take in the pleasant sights at Cape Reinga.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. 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

North Island, Hamilton Gardens
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Cape Reinga ©
Cape Reinga

1
day
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Coastal Walkway and then head off the coast to Sugar Loaf Islands and Paritutu Rock.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our New Plymouth online itinerary creator.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to New Plymouth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paihia.

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Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Sugar Loaf Islands and Paritutu Rock ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Brooklands Zoo ©
Brooklands Zoo

5
days
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei), Te Matua Ngahere Walk (in Opononi) and Footprints Waipoua (in Waipoua Forest). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip itinerary maker.

Fly from New Plymouth to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Footprints Waipoua, Tane Mahuta Walk, Bream Head Coast Walks
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
days
Auckland Central

Auckland Central ©
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 sightseeing, nature, museums, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, enjoy a live performance at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, and stroll through Auckland Domain.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Auckland sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

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Tiritiri Matangi Island ©
Tiritiri Matangi Island
Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

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