31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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1
Auckland
— 3 nights
2
Hahei
— 2 nights
3
Hinuera
— Few hours
4
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
5
Taupo
— 3 nights
6
Wellington
— 2 nights
7
Nelson
— 2 nights
8
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
9
Queenstown
— 1 night
10
Te Anau
— 4 nights
11
Dunedin
— 3 nights
12
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
13
Christchurch
— 3 nights

3
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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.
You've now added Devonport to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Muriwai Gannet Colony and Mount Eden. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Howick Historical Village and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Step out of Auckland with an excursion to Stockade Hill in Howick--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, examine the collection at Auckland Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Browns Bay Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary planning tool.

London, UK to Auckland is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from London to Auckland due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hahei.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Stockade Hill, Muriwai Gannet Colony, Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, Browns Bay Beach
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Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Torpedo Bay Navy Museum ©
Torpedo Bay Navy Museum
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

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Hahei

Hahei ©
On the 21st (Thu), view the masterpieces at The Little Gallery and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Water Beach. On your second day here, hike along Cathedral Cove Walk, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk, thentake in the awesome beauty at Mount Paku, and finally kick back and relax at Pauanui Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hahei trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Auckland to Hahei in 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Auckland in November since evenings lows in Hahei dip to °C. On the 23rd (Sat), you're off to Hinuera.

Things to do in Hahei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tairua, Hot Water Beach, Pauanui Beach
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Mount Paku ©
Mount Paku
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach

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hours
Hinuera

Hinuera ©
Hinuera's claim to fame is Hobbiton, the setting for the shires in the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies by New Zealand director Peter Jackson.
Hobbiton Movie Set has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hinuera online route maker.

You can drive from Hahei to Hinuera in 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Hinuera are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

1
night
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 24th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, trek along Ruakuri Walk, thenHead underground at Caveworld, and finally Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip maker.

You can drive from Hinuera to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

3
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Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
You've now added Waimangu Volcanic Valley to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Tongariro River Trail and Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool. Step out of the city life by going to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Great Lake Trail. Go for a jaunt from Taupo to Turangi to see Tongariro National Trout Centre about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Huka Falls Walkway, see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Taupo route planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Turangi, Rotorua, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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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.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington day trip planning website.

You can fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Wellington are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial
Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's

2
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Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Brook Waimarama Sanctuary has been added to your itinerary. On the 29th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Kereru Gallery and then contemplate the long history of Michael Macmillan Sculptor and Country Homeware.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nelson trip planner.

Getting from Wellington to Nelson by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Nelson

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Michael Macmillan Sculptor and Country Homeware, Kereru Gallery
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Nelson Provincial Museum ©
Nelson Provincial Museum
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

1
night
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 1st (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier South Side Walk, trek along Minnehaha Walk, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, and finally hike along Peters Pool Walk.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fox Glacier trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Nelson to Fox Glacier in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Peters Pool Walk ©
Peters Pool Walk

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): walk around Village Green, take in the exciting artwork at Ivan Clarke Gallery, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Lake Hayes Walkway.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Lake Hayes Walkway
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Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway
Ivan Clarke Gallery ©
Ivan Clarke Gallery
Village Green ©
Village Green

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mavora Lakes Park, Mirror Lakes Walk and The Chasm Walk. Explore hidden gems such as Milford sound Hwy and Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound. Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument, and trek along Lake Gunn.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau route builder site.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. You'll set off for Dunedin on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound
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The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk

3
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Dunedin

Dunedin ©
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 8th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Shag Point Nature Reserve, thenenjoy the sea views from Katiki Point Lighthouse, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Huriawa Pa Walk, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Royal Albatross Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, thenget curious at Otago Museum, thenexplore the galleries of Dunedin Public Art Gallery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at St Clair Beach.

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

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Dunedin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Huriawa Pa Walk, Shag Point Nature Reserve, Katiki Point Lighthouse
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The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Katiki Point Lighthouse ©
Katiki Point Lighthouse

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Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Get in touch with nature at Hooker Valley Track and Mueller Hut Route. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Pukaki and Governors Bush Walk. Change things up with these side-trips from Mt. Cook Village: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Glencoe Walk, Sealy Tarns Track, &more), New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm (in Pukaki) and New Zealand Alpine Lavender (in Twizel). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Tarns Track and see the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Mt. Cook Village using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Mt. Cook Village takes 4 hours. You will leave for Christchurch on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Pukaki, New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm, New Zealand Alpine Lavender
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Christchurch Cathedral and then pause for some photo ops at Henry James Nicholas Statue.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch day trip site.

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Christchurch takes 4 hours. In December in Christchurch, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Historic Sites
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Christchurch Cathedral ©
Christchurch Cathedral

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