31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand tour itinerary planner

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Dunedin
— 2 nights
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
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Wanaka
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Christchurch
— 2 nights
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Kaikoura
— 2 nights
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Blenheim
— 2 nights
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Taupo
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
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Dunedin

— 2 nights

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Royal Albatross Centre and then explore the striking landscape at Otago Peninsula. On the next day, learn more about the world around you at Otago Museum, see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Speight’s Brewery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Dunedin tour planner.

Chicago, USA to Dunedin is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Chicago to Dunedin due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 18:

Te Anau

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Doubtful Sound and The Chasm Walk. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Discover how to plan a Te Anau trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Dunedin to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 21:

Wanaka

— 3 nights
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Transport and Toy Museum and Helicopter Tours. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Wanaka, stroll through Wanaka, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Wanaka online trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Wanaka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 24:

Queenstown

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glenorchy-Queenstown Road and Beer Tastings & Tours. When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Misha's Vineyard Tasting Room in Cromwell, approximately Cromwell away. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, trek along Otago Central Rail Trail, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown day trip website.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 28:

Christchurch

— 2 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral. On your second day here, stroll around Hagley Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and then see the interesting displays at Quake City.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch planner.

Fly from Queenstown to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Transportation
Find places to stay Jun 28 — 30:

Kaikoura

— 2 nights
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 1st (Mon), stroll through Peninsula Seal Colony, hike along Ohau Stream Walk, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: sample some tasty brews at Beer School, then make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and then trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaikoura tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 2:

Blenheim

— 2 nights
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then see the interesting displays at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Blenheim itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Blenheim in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 4:

Wellington

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then pause for some serene contemplation at Old St Paul's, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip builder app.

Fly from Blenheim to Wellington in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Wellington are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls and then hike along Ruakuri Walk. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and then surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves road trip planning site.

Getting from Wellington to Waitomo Caves by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Helicopter Tours and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. The adventure continues: push the limits with an extreme tour, examine the collection at Taupo Museum, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Taupo day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseback Riding Tours and Agrodome. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Government Gardens, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, catch some excitement at 3D Trick Art Gallery, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua day trip tool.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Rotorua sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 15:

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.