33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Tauranga
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Blenheim
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
bus:  11​h 30​min
7
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
10
Auckland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Waiheke Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Mumbai

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 added Southern Lakes Heliski, Altitude Tours, Moke Lake, and other attractions to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mt Rosa Wines and Queenstown Arts Centre. Get in touch with nature at Queenstown Trail and Crown Range Road. There's much more to do: look for gifts at The Remarkable Sweetshop - Queenstown, trek along Mt Crichton Loop Track, try to win big at SKYCITY Queenstown Casino, and stroll through Tiki Trail.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown day trip tool .

Mumbai, India to Queenstown is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tauranga.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Wanaka, Crown Range Road
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Crown Range Road ©
Crown Range Road
Shotover Canyon Swing & Canyon Fox ©
Guided Walks New Zealand ©
Guided Walks New Zealand

2
nights
Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Cruise Tours to Hobbiton And Rotorua has been added to your itinerary. On the 7th (Wed), get interesting insight from Cruise Tours to Hobbiton And Rotorua, enjoy the sand and surf at Anzac Bay, then view the masterpieces at Katikati Murals, then take in the natural beauty of Omokoroa Thermal Holiday Park, and finally see the interesting displays at The Elms. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Orokawa Scenic Reserve and then trek along Mount Otanewainuku.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tauranga day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Tauranga takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Tauranga can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tauranga

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Waihi Beach, Katikati Murals, Mount Otanewainuku
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Anzac Bay ©
Anzac Bay
Mount Otanewainuku ©
Mount Otanewainuku
Omokoroa Thermal Holiday Park ©
Omokoroa Thermal Holiday Park

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Ohope Beach and Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre. Do your shopping at 3D Trick Art Gallery and Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (L'Arte & Kinloch Beach) and Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool (in Wai-O-Tapu). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, appreciate the views at Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and trek along Blue Lake Track.

To find ratings and more tourist information, use the Rotorua day trip website .

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Rotorua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Blenheim.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Taupo, Ohope Beach, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
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Ohope Beach ©
Ohope Beach
Volcanic Hills Winery ©
Volcanic Hills Winery
Blue Lake Track ©
Blue Lake Track

3
nights
Blenheim

Blenheim ©
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): do a tasting at Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen and then stop by Makana Confections. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Lawson’s Dry Hills, do a tasting at Spy Valley Wines, do a tasting at Bladen Wines, learn about winemaking at Nautilus Estate, then identify plant and animal life at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, and finally do a tasting at Villa Maria Estate Marlborough Winery.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Blenheim road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Blenheim takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August in Blenheim, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Renwick, Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
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Nautilus Estate ©
Nautilus Estate
Bladen Wines ©
Bladen Wines

2
nights
Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dolphin Encounter as well as Helicopter Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Maori Leap Cave and Findlay's Lookout Track. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kaikoura Cheese.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura trip maker tool .

Drive from Blenheim to Kaikoura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You will leave for Franz Josef on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Findlay's Lookout Track
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Helicopter Tours

2
nights
Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
On the 17th (Sat), explore the galleries of Te Koha Gallery, hike along Terrace Walk, then steep yourself in history at Church of St. James, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Tasman Glacier. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, explore and take pictures at Callery Gorge Walk, go for a walk through Tatare Tunnels Walk, then trek along Sentinel Rock Walk, and finally trek along Peters Pool Walk.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Franz Josef online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Franz Josef takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Tasman Glacier, Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk
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Tasman Glacier ©
Tasman Glacier
Peters Pool Walk ©
Peters Pool Walk
Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mirror Lakes Walk and Gertrude Saddle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Punanga Manu o Te Anau and Manapouri Lake. There's lots more to do: trek along Lake Marian Track, stroll through Lake Gunn, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and see the interesting displays at Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planner.

You can take a bus from Franz Josef to Te Anau in 11.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Manapouri Lake
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:
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Lake Marian Track ©
Lake Marian Track
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary ©
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

3
nights
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 23rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic St. Patrick's Akaroa, look for gifts at Fire & Ice - Gemstone Jewellery Specialists, appreciate the history behind Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally browse the different shops at Re:START. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): shop like a local with Cashel Street, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), then kick back and relax at Corsair Bay, and finally appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Christchurch takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Christchurch sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 2°C at night. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Akaroa
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): trek along Piripiri Cave Walk, then Head underground at Waitomo Caves, and then Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves online trip builder .

You can fly from Christchurch to Waitomo Caves in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Trails
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Piripiri Cave Walk ©
Piripiri Cave Walk

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Browns Bay Beach and Tamaki Drive. Do your shopping at Clevedon Village Farmers Market and The Elephant House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Waimauku (Westbrook Winery & The Hunting Lodge Winery & Restaurant). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Church of St. Mary, take a stroll through Titirangi, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland online trip maker .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Waimauku, Clevedon Village Farmers Market, Browns Bay Beach, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 30:
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Cheltenham Beach ©
Cheltenham Beach
The Hunting Lodge Winery & Restaurant ©
Westbrook Winery ©
Westbrook Winery

2
nights
Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island ©
Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Oneroa Beach. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Ross Adventures, take in the exciting artwork at Space Art Gallery, then examine the collection at Whittaker's Musical Museum, and finally look for gifts at Waiheke Wine Centre.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Waiheke Island driving holiday website .

Drive from Auckland to Waiheke Island in 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Auckland in August since evenings lows in Waiheke Island dip to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Outdoors Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 1:
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Whittaker's Musical Museum ©
Whittaker's Musical Museum
Space Art Gallery ©
Space Art Gallery
Waiheke Community Art Gallery ©
Waiheke Community Art Gallery

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