31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  21​h
1
Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Auckland
— 3 nights
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Wellington
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h 15​min
7
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Queenstown
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
9
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  25​h
End: Dubai

2
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, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, explore the galleries of Amazespace, and tee off at Waitangi Golf Club.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paihia tour itinerary builder site .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Paihia is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Dubai to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Amazespace, St James Anglican Church
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club
St Paul's Anglican Church ©
St Paul's Anglican Church

3
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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, take in the views from Wynyard Crossing, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and step off the mainland to explore Rangitoto Island.

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

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): stroll through Ruakuri Walk, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then take in the dramatic scenery at Marokopa Falls Walk, and finally identify plant and animal life at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip maker .

Drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds

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 Taupo's surroundings by going to Zorb Rotorua (in Ngongotaha), Rotorua (OGO Rotorua, Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). The adventure continues: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Huka Falls Walkway, look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, and enjoy some diversion at Clay Break Taupo.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

4
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 14th (Wed), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. On the 16th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Tama Lakes, hike along Ridge Track, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park visit planning 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu

3
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.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, classes, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, and get outside with Great Alpine Highway.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Wellington trip planning website .

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August in Wellington, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Tonga Island Marine Reserve, Wellington Botanic Garden, Great Alpine Highway
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 20:
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Get out of town with these interesting Fox Glacier side-trips: Mt. Cook Village (Ski The Tasman, Red Tarns Track, & more). The adventure continues: stroll through Sealy Tarns Track, trek along Minnehaha Walk, view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Fox Glacier online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Fox Glacier in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 23:
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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.
On the 25th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at The Remarkables Ski Area. There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, and stop by The Remarkable Sweetshop - Queenstown.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Spas

3
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, stroll through The Chasm Walk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Te Anau day trip planner.

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

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Mavora Lakes Park ©
Mavora Lakes Park

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