31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Queenstown
— 5 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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Christchurch
— 1 night
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
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Taupo
— 3 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Paihia
— 3 nights
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Auckland
— 1 night

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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.
On the 7th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get interesting insight from Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Queenstown travel route builder tool.

Bucharest, Romania to Queenstown is an approximately 30-hour flight. Traveling from Bucharest to Queenstown, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

4
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Te Anau: Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Rosco's Milford Kayaks). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and relax and rejuvenate at Fiordland Massage Clinic.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau online route planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Westray Adventures - Horse Treks & Quad Tours ©
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Rosco's Milford Kayaks ©
Rosco's Milford Kayaks

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Explore Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)'s surroundings by going to Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef) and Fox Glacier (Minnehaha Walk, Helicopter Tours, &more).

Plan trip to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Christchurch.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:
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Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©

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 15th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

Plan a trip to Christchurch easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Christchurch are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Transportation · Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Christchurch Gondola ©
Christchurch Gondola
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

3
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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.
Step out of Rotorua with an excursion to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera--about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and take in the dramatic natural features at Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rotorua road trip planning website.

Fly from Christchurch to Rotorua in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Christchurch in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rotorua, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:
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Zipline
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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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: hike along Huka Falls Walkway, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, explore the activities along Lake Taupo, and don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 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.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: hit the best photo ops around with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt, get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, and take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park online tour builder.

Drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

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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 25th (Sun): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, Head underground at Aranui Cave, then head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves day trip site.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing

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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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, stop by Paihia Bookshop, and admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:
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Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Salt Air ©
Salt Air

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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 30th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland route planner.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October in Auckland, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki ©
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

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