31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip itinerary builder

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Fly
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wanaka
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Shuttle
6
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive
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Whitianga
— 4 nights
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Remarkables Ski Area and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get outdoors at Glenorchy-Queenstown Road and Queenstown Hill. On the 3rd (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. There's lots more to do: take the plunge with a skydiving experience, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip maker.

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 (Sat) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 6:

Te Anau

— 2 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.
On the 7th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Te Anau Glowworm Caves and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound.

For maps and more tourist information, read our Te Anau trip builder website.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

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

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 3 nights
Step out of the city life by going to Hooker Valley Track and Lake Matheson Walk. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aoraki/Mt. Cook and Helicopter Tours. When in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), make a side trip to see Fox Glacier Hiking Trails in Fox Glacier, approximately Fox Glacier away.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip itinerary app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wanaka.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:

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 Cardrona Alpine Resort and Snow Farm NZ. Get outdoors at Lake Wanaka and Speed Boats Tours. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at National Transport and Toy Museum and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Iron Track.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Wanaka trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Wanaka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:

Tongariro National Park

— 4 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Taranaki Falls are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Mount Ruapehu and Tawhai Falls. Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring nature at Te Porere Redoubt. There's more to do: hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk and explore the activities along Tama Lakes.

To see photos and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Wanaka to Tongariro National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can take a shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 18:

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve and Fishing Charters & Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Lake Taupo and Helicopter Tours. And it doesn't end there: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, make a splash at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, enjoy some diversion at Huka Prawn Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip itinerary website.

Traveling by shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:

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.
Visit Pilot Bay and Mt Maunganui Main Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Government Gardens and Horseback Riding Tours. There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and stroll through Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 25:

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.
On the 26th (Fri), Head underground at Ruakuri Cave and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Ruakuri Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To plan Waitomo Caves vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:

Whitianga

— 4 nights
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Discover out-of-the-way places like Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway and The Lost Spring. Relax by the water at Hahei Beach Walk and Hot Water Beach. Go for a jaunt from Whitianga to Whangamata to see Whangamata Beach about 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Whitianga online day trip planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Whitianga in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in July, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:

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.