30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly
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Paihia
— 5 nights
Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Fly to Hokitika, Bus to Fox Glacier
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Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus
5
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Wellington
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Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
7
Taupo
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Whangarei (Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve & Bream Head Coast Walks). Next up on the itinerary: take the plunge with Skydive Bay of Islands, pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church, stroll through Paihia Harbour, and see the top attractions with Salt Air.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip itinerary planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Paihia is an approximately 31-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from Brussels to Paihia. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:

Auckland

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Auckland trip planning tool.

You can fly from Paihia to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Auckland, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Auckland

Nightlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

Fox Glacier

— 2 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 7th (Fri), kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, and then trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk. Keep things going the next day: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk, then trek along Minnehaha Walk, and finally cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Franz Josef & Fox Glacier.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Auckland to Fox Glacier takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Queenstown

— 3 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 parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, test your team's savvy at Escape Quest Queenstown, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

Te Anau

— 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound (about 1 hour away). On the 13th (Thu), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 14th (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and see Wild Rides.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:

Wellington

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Wellington road trip planning app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Wellington in 6 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to fly to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Transportation

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:

Taupo

— 3 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

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, adventure, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hike along Huka Falls Walkway, explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Taupo tour builder app.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:

Tongariro National Park

— 3 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 20th (Thu), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. There's still lots to do: capture your vacation like a pro with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, trek along Mounds Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ridge Track, and explore the activities along Tama Lakes.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:

Waitomo Caves

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): trek along Ruakuri Walk, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the next day, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, then relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally Head underground at Caveworld.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip 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 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 24:

Rotorua

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Victoria on the River (in Hamilton) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore and take pictures at Te Puia, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua road trip planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
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.