51 days in New Zealand Itinerary

51 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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51 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Cluj-Napoca
Fly:  37​h
1
Paihia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Auckland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Rotorua
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Taupo
— 3 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
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
Queenstown
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
11
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus:  5​h 15​min
12
Dunedin
— 3 nights
Fly:  37​h
End: Cluj-Napoca

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.
Paihia is known for parks, wildlife, nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, go for a walk through Opua Forest Lookout Track, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip itinerary maker app .

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Paihia is an approximately 37-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 10 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

St James Anglican Church, Tapeka Point Track
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 10:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas
Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club

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.
Step out of Auckland to go to Whitianga and see The Lost Spring, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and explore the activities along Devonport.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Auckland sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In August in Auckland, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

The Lost Spring
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
The Lost Spring ©
The Lost Spring

4
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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, nightlife, wildlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, stroll through Lake Okareka Walkway, and experience rural life at Agrodome.

To plan Rotorua vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier evenings in Rotorua when traveling from Auckland in August, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Whakaari White Island Volcano
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 19:
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Horseback Riding Tours
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, theme parks, parks, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, trek along Great Lake Trail, admire the natural beauty at Joan Williamson Rose Garden, and take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip maker site .

Traveling by bus from Rotorua to Taupo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

4
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, winter sports, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing, explore the activities along Tama Lakes, fly down the slopes at Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu, and admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park holiday maker website .

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 26:
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Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu ©
Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

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: Marlborough Sounds (in Picton) and Beer Tastings & Tours (in Blenheim). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, and get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

Before you visit Wellington, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Wellington Botanic Garden, Beer Tastings & Tours, Hapuka Estuary Walk, Marlborough Sounds
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

3
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Go for a jaunt from Christchurch to Akaroa to see Dolphin & Whale Watching about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Quake City, don't miss a visit to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, and let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch online vacation 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. Traveling from Wellington in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Christchurch, with lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 3:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

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: trek along Mount Fox Route, stroll through Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, go for a walk through River Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier vacation app .

You can drive from Christchurch to Fox Glacier in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 7:
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Mount Fox Route ©
Mount Fox Route
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mt. Cook Village: New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm (in Pukaki) and Lake Tekapo (The Church of the Good Shepherd & Lake Tekapo). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, look and learn at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, stroll through Glencoe Walk, and trek along Mueller Hut Route.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo, New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm, Lake Pukaki
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 11:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

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, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the awesome beauty at The Remarkables Ski Area, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip website .

Drive from Mt. Cook Village to Queenstown in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

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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.
Te Anau is known for nature, trails, nightlife, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Milford Sound, get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and trek along Lake Marian Track.

Make your Te Anau itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Gertrude Saddle ©
Gertrude Saddle

3
nights
Dunedin

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
On the 20th (Fri), stroll through Tunnel Beach Track, explore and take pictures at The Royal Albatross Centre, then contemplate the long history of Larnach Castle & Gardens, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Botanic Garden. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Otago Peninsula, look and learn at Otago Museum, and then make a trip to The World's Steepest Street.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dunedin trip planner .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Dunedin in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum

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