30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
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Taupo
— 4 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Paihia
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 3 nights

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see UnderDog Sled Dog Tours in Cardrona, approximately Cardrona away. On the 3rd (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Wilson Gallery, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown journey planning app.

Manchester, UK to Queenstown is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 12 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Boat Tours & Water Sports about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mitre Peak, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau road trip planning tool.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:
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Westray Adventures - Horse Treks & Quad Tours ©
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Get out of town with these interesting Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) side-trips: Franz Josef (Franz Josef Glacier & Sentinel Rock Walk) and Fox Glacier (Minnehaha Walk, Helicopter Tours, &more).

Start your trip to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Rotorua.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:
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Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

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Rotorua

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cambridge Museum (in Cambridge) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Rotorua takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In September, daytime highs in Rotorua are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:
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Zipline
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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Taupo

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Huka Falls Walkway, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, push the limits with an extreme tour, and test your problem-solving skills at The Locked Room.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Adventure Outdoors Tongariro NZ has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get in touch with nature with Adventure Outdoors Tongariro NZ and then hit the slopes at Turoa Ski Area. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt, capture your vacation like a pro with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, then hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Adventure Outdoors Tongariro NZ ©
Adventure Outdoors Tongariro NZ
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu

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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 24th (Fri): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, then Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

Plan my Waitomo Caves trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Anglican Church. On the next day, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, tee off at Waitangi Golf Club, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia online route planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Golf

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:
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Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
St Paul's Anglican Church ©
St Paul's Anglican Church

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Auckland

Auckland ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally make a trip to SkyTower. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Auckland Zoo, then get impressive views of Mount Eden, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Auckland trip planner.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September in Auckland, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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