49 days in New Zealand Itinerary

49 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand Trip Planner
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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
Fly
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Wellington
— 5 nights
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
8
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

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 27.5-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.
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Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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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. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at Doubtful Sound, hike along The Chasm Walk, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau itinerary app.

Explore your travel options from Milford Sound to Te Anau with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.
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Find places to stay Jan 1 — 7:

Queenstown — 6 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines.

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 catch the flight to Christchurch.
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Find places to stay Jan 7 — 13:

Christchurch — 4 nights

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: walk around 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 2.5 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 fly to Wellington.
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Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

Wellington — 5 nights

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). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, stroll through ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria.

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 2.5 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 fly to Rotorua.
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Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:

Rotorua — 6 nights

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: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, 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 3 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.
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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 tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro National Trout Centre, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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.
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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: Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton) and Cape Reinga Lighthouse (in Cape Reinga). The adventure continues: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, head off the coast to Kapiti Island, and admire all the interesting features of Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, 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.
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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 fly to Paihia.
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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), Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi) and Footprints Waipoua (in Waipoua Forest). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, tour the pleasant surroundings 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 fly to Auckland.
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Find places to stay Feb 6 — 11:

Auckland — 4 nights

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, and museums. Your trip 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 flight from Paihia to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 15:

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
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.