49 days in New Zealand Itinerary

49 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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49 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Leeds
train + Fly:  28​h
1
Auckland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Paihia
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Taupo
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Wellington
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Milford Sound
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
12
Queenstown
— 7 nights
Fly + train:  31​h
End: Leeds

3
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, step off the mainland to explore Tiritiri Matangi Island, enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's, and get impressive views of Rangitoto Island.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip planning app .

Leeds, UK to Auckland is an approximately 28-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 12 hour difference. While traveling from Leeds, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Kororipo Pa Historic Walk (in Kerikeri), Whangarei (Adventure Forest & Whangarei Quarry Gardens) and Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and get great views at Opua Forest Lookout Track.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Paihia online 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Whangarei, Kawakawa Public Toilets by Hundertwasser, Tane Mahuta Walk, Pompallier Mission and Printery
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 14:
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Adventure Forest ©
Adventure Forest
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stroll through Ruakuri Walk, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Marokopa Falls Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and finally admire all the interesting features of Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Otorohanga
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 16:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

5
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Taupo: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera), Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool (in Wai-O-Tapu) and Rotorua (OGO Rotorua, Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, & more). There's lots more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, get to know the fascinating history of Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

Discover how to plan a Taupo trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Rotorua, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 21:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

4
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 22nd (Sat), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 24th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Tama Lakes, trek along Silica Rapids Track, stroll through Tongariro Northern Circuit, and take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wellington: Marlborough Sounds (in Picton) and Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre (in Blenheim). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), steep yourself in history at Katherine Mansfield House and Garden (Te Puakitanga), get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Buildings, and get around town with Wellington Cable Car.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Wellington online day 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. In June in Wellington, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Wellington Botanic Garden, Marlborough Sounds, Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, Great Alpine Highway
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 29:
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 30th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then get your game on at Velocity Karts, then examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and finally pause for some photo ops at Chalice Sculpture. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get around town with TranzAlpine Train.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch online journey 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. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Wellington in June since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Museums
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 1:
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

3
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 in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier, stroll through Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matheson Walk, and take in the pleasant sights at River Walk.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier online holiday planner .

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 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Get out of town with these interesting Mt. Cook Village side-trips: Lake Tekapo (Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo, & more) and High Country Salmon (in Twizel).

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village trip planner .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Milford Sound.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Lake Tekapo, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), High Country Salmon, Lake Pukaki
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 8:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

3
nights
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.
On the 9th (Tue), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. The adventure continues: hike along Lake Marian Track, don't miss a visit to Homer Tunnel, see the interesting displays at Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, and snap pictures at Tutoko Suspension Bridge.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Milford Sound online road trip planner .

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Milford Sound in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:
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Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track
Lake Marian Track ©
Lake Marian Track
Mitre Peak ©
Mitre Peak

4
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.
Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring nature at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, trek along The Chasm Walk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau route planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Milford Sound to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

7
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queenstown: Wanaka (Lake Wanaka & Puzzling World). On the 17th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Garden, explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown online vacation planner .

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Wanaka
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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