34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Whangarei
— 1 night
Drive
3
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
4
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Taupo
— 4 nights
Shuttle
7
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
8
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly to Hokitika, Bus to Fox Glacier
9
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive
10
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to New Delhi

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Paihia

— 3 nights
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Spend the 23rd (Sat) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get outside with Outdoor Activities, play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia online trip maker.

New Delhi, India to Paihia is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Paihia is 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Whangarei.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:

Whangarei

— 1 night
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Manaia Track and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bream Head Coast Walks.

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

You can drive from Paihia to Whangarei in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:

Auckland

— 1 night

City of Sails

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Whangarei to Auckland takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours · Museums · Wineries
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Ruakuri Walk, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls and then surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves day trip planner.

Getting from Auckland to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:

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.
Take a break from Rotorua with a short trip to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rotorua trip planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Rotorua sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 1:

Taupo

— 4 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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, examine the collection at Taupo Museum, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

Plan trip to Taupo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 5:

Tongariro National Park

— 2 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, and then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Active Outdoor Adventures.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 7:

Wellington

— 2 nights

Harbour Capital

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament and then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November in Wellington, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:

Fox Glacier

— 4 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Take a break from Fox Glacier with a short trip to Hooker Valley Track in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, trek along Moraine Walk, and take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fox Glacier route maker tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Fox Glacier in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown journey planner.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 17:

Te Anau

— 4 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.
Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and trek along The Chasm Walk.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 21:

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.