31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Auckland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Hahei
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Waimangu
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
4
Taupo
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Castlepoint
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Wellington
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  3 h 45 min
8
Punakaiki
— 4 nights
Bus:  5 h 15 min
9
Abel Tasman National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
10
New Plymouth
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: Sydney

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre and Wine Tours & Tastings. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth), Matakana War Memorial (in Matakana) and Christine The Artist Goldsmith (in Oneroa). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Muriwai Gannet Colony, relax in the rural setting at Sweet Red Strawberries, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Auckland is 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Hahei.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Arataki Visitor Centre, Tawharanui Regional Park, Matakana War Memorial, Muriwai Gannet Colony
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 12:
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Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre
Wine Tours & Tastings
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony

1
night
Hahei

Hahei ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Paku, don't miss a visit to Sailors Grave, thentake in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach, and finally stroll through Hahei Beach Walk.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hahei itinerary maker site.

Getting from Auckland to Hahei by car takes about 2.5 hours. While traveling from Auckland, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Hahei, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Waimangu.

Things to do in Hahei

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tairua, Hot Water Beach
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:
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Mount Paku ©
Mount Paku
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach

1
night
Waimangu

Waimangu ©
On the 14th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, explore the activities along Lake Rotomahana, thenexplore the activities along The Bridge at Waiotapu Stream, and finally explore the striking landscape of Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Waimangu journey planner.

Drive from Hahei to Waimangu in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Waimangu can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waimangu

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Wai-O-Tapu, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
The Bridge at Waiotapu Stream ©
The Bridge at Waiotapu Stream
Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool ©
Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool

5
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Napier (Marine Parade & Wine Tours & Tastings), Rotorua (Lady Knox Geyser, Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, &more) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Okere Falls). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, look for all kinds of wild species at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, explore the activities along Great Lake Taupo, and head off the coast to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Taupo travel route planner.

Getting from Waimangu to Taupo by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Rotorua, Napier, River Rafting & Tubing, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, Lake Taupo
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 19:
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Horseback Riding Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Aratiatia Rapids ©
Aratiatia Rapids

3
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mount Ruapehu and National Army Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Whakapapa side-trips: Turangi (River Rafting & Tubing, Tongariro National Trout Centre, &more), Tokaanu Thermal Pools (in Tokaanu) and Bradley's Garden (in Taumarunui).

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Whakapapa trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Whakapapa takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Castlepoint.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Turangi, Mount Ruapehu, National Army Museum, Bradley's Garden
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Tongariro National Trout Centre ©
Tongariro National Trout Centre
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Castlepoint

Castlepoint ©
Castlepoint is a small beachside town on the Wairarapa coast of the Wellington Region of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Castlepoint Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Castlepoint online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Castlepoint takes 5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Mon) before leaving for Wellington.

Things to do in Castlepoint

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Castlepoint Lighthouse ©
Castlepoint Lighthouse

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Oriental Bay and Beer Tastings & Tours. Explore Wellington's surroundings by going to Picton (Marlborough Sounds & Queen Charlotte Track). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Lady Norwood Rose Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kaukau, explore the galleries of National War Memorial, and go for a walk through Hapuka Estuary Walk.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Wellington tour itinerary planning website.

Drive from Castlepoint to Wellington in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Punakaiki.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Picton, Hapuka Estuary Walk
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:
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Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track

4
nights
Punakaiki

Punakaiki ©
Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Old Ghost Road and Cape Foulwind Walkway. Explore Punakaiki's surroundings by going to Murchison (Maruia Falls & River Rafting & Tubing). And it doesn't end there: hike along Truman Track, Head underground at Punakaiki Cavern, take in the dramatic natural features at Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox River Cave Walk.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Punakaiki route planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wellington to Punakaiki. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Punakaiki

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Murchison, Westport, Paparoa National Park
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
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The Old Ghost Road ©
The Old Ghost Road
Cape Foulwind Walkway ©
Cape Foulwind Walkway
Truman Track ©
Truman Track

3
nights
Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park ©
Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Abel Tasman Coast Track and Kaiteriteri Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Ngarua Caves (in Motueka) and Anatoki Salmon (in Takaka). Next up on the itinerary: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the activities along Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), admire the sheer force of Wainui Falls Track, and explore the striking landscape at Labyrinth Rocks.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Abel Tasman National Park tour builder website.

You can take a bus from Punakaiki to Abel Tasman National Park in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Takaka, Ngarua Caves, Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), Kaiteriteri Beach
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Anatoki Salmon ©
Anatoki Salmon
Walking tours

2
nights
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get advice or help at Puke Ariki, thenget to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Taranaki. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Pukeiti, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Brooklands Zoo, and then go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our New Plymouth online travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to New Plymouth. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Mount Taranaki
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Mount Taranaki ©
Mount Taranaki

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