31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  6​h
6
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Blenheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Abel Tasman National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Charleston
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
12
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
13
Christchurch
— 4 nights
End: Christchurch

4
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.
You've added Waiheke Island, Karekare Falls, Karekare Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland online attractions planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In November, daytime highs in Auckland are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Karekare Falls, Karekare Beach
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:
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Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden
Karekare Falls ©
Karekare Falls

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Waitomo Glowworm Caves as well as Hobbiton Movie Set. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): get interesting insight from Tours and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 1:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

1
night
Rotorua

Rotorua ©
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've now added Blue Lake Track to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Lake Track.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua day trip website .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Rotorua sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. You will leave for Taupo on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Blue Lake Track ©
Blue Lake Track

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): grab your bike and head to Great Lake Trail and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Taupo, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then shop like a local with Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, and finally explore the striking landscape at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip planner .

You can take a bus from Rotorua to Taupo in an hour. Another option is to drive. On the 5th (Thu), you'll travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Lake Taupo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Lake Taupo ©
Lake Taupo

2
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.
On the 5th (Thu), delve into the lush surroundings at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Paraparaumu Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Paekakariki Escarpment Walkway, Paraparaumu Beach, Nga Manu Nature Reserve
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Off-Road Tours
Nga Manu Nature Reserve ©
Nga Manu Nature Reserve

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 8th (Sun), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then stroll through Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Kaikoura Cheese, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then get engrossed in the history at Kaikoura Museum, then hike along Ohau Stream Walk, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Maori Leap Cave.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read Kaikoura driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Wellington to Kaikoura in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Blenheim

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about winemaking at Framingham Wines, and then take in the waterfront activity at Picton Sound.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Blenheim holiday planner.

You can drive from Wellington to Blenheim in 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Blenheim are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Blenheim

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Picton Sound, Framingham Wines, Kayaking & Canoeing
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Picton Sound ©
Picton Sound
Framingham Wines ©
Framingham Wines

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Abel Tasman Coast Track and Tata Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Kaiteriteri Beach and New Zealand Trout Adventures. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Abel Tasman National Park: Motueka (u-fly extreme & Motueka Quay) and Dancing Sands Distillery (in Takaka). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), take in the pleasant sights at Labyrinth Rocks, take in the dramatic scenery at Wainui Falls Track, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Grove Scenic Reserve.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Abel Tasman National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Explore your travel options from Blenheim to Abel Tasman National Park with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Charleston.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Motueka, Pohara, Takaka, Kaiteriteri Beach, The Grove Scenic Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:
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Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs) ©
Wainui Falls Track ©
Wainui Falls Track

1
night
Charleston

Charleston ©
Charleston is a village in the South Island of New Zealand located 30 km south of Westport. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): make a trip to Mitchells Gully Gold Mine.

To see reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Charleston trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Charleston. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fox Glacier.
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:
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Mitchells Gully Gold Mine ©
Mitchells Gully Gold Mine

3
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
You've now added Lake Matheson Walk to your itinerary. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip planner.

Drive from Blenheim to Fox Glacier in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. You'll set off for Queenstown on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Monro Beach, Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
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Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Monro Beach ©
Monro Beach

4
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You've now added Milford Sound to your itinerary. Visiting The Chasm Walk and Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Mirror Lakes Walk and Tobins Track. Step out of Queenstown to go to Wanaka and see Parasailing & Paragliding, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Lake Hayes Walkway, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn, walk around Village Green, and learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Fiordland National Park, Wanaka, Te Anau
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:
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Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks ©
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk

1
night
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Pukaki as well as Lake Tekapo. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Pukaki, then identify plant and animal life at Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, and then explore the activities along Lake Tekapo.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lake Tekapo day trip site .

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Lake Tekapo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Pukaki
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Lake Pukaki ©
Lake Pukaki

4
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Port Hills. Visiting Kayaking & Canoeing and Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Akaroa (Saint Peter's Anglican Church, French Peak Wines, & more). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get your game on at Velocity Karts, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral, and stroll through Sumner Beach (Cave Rock).

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Christchurch day trip planning app .

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Christchurch sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Akaroa, Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing
River Rafting & Tubing

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