30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Paihia
— 4 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Taupo
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
7
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
Bus:  6 h 15 min
8
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
9
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Auckland vacation planner.

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Auckland is 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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 wildlife, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get great views at Opua Forest Lookout Track, and tee off at Waitangi Golf Club.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip planning website.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Kerikeri
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing

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, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park trip planning app.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 12:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

4
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: Te Waihou Walkway (in Putaruru), Rotorua (Horseback Riding Tours, Te Puia, &more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's lots more to do: stroll through Huka Falls Walkway, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Koutu, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Taupo journey maker app.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Rotorua, Lake Te Koutu, Hobbiton Movie Set, Te Waihou Walkway
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and then look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Wellington trip planner.

You can fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November in Wellington, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

3
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Helicopter Tours & Fox Glacier South Side Walk) and Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef).

You can plan Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or ride a ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier, Hapuka Estuary Walk
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Te Anau: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, stroll through The Chasm Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and trek along Hollyford Track.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau day trip planning site.

Getting from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau by bus takes about 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Milford Foreshore Walk, Hollyford Track, Bowen Falls
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 26:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Beer Tastings & Tours
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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