44 days in New Zealand Itinerary

44 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Paihia
— 5 nights
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Te Anau
— 5 nights
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Queenstown
— 5 nights
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Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
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Christchurch
— 2 nights
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
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Taupo
— 5 nights
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Rotorua
— 5 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights

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Auckland

Auckland ©

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.
When in Auckland, make a side trip to see EcoZip Adventures in Oneroa, approximately Oneroa away. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, explore the landscape on two wheels at Nelson Street Cycleway, get impressive views of Mount Eden, and brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Auckland. In November, daytime highs in Auckland are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours · Adventure · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

5
nights
Paihia

Paihia ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Whangarei (Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve & Bream Head Coast Walks). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, savor the flavors at Total Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and make a trip to KeriKeri New Zealand.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Paihia trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 15:
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Bay of Islands Kayaking ©
Bay of Islands Kayaking

5
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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.
When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, approximately Milford Sound away. On the 17th (Tue), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. On the 18th (Wed), hike the day away at Kepler Track. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, take an unforgettable tour with Southern Lakes Helicopters, and look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound.

Before you visit Te Anau, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Paihia to Te Anau in 8.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 20:
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

5
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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

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 wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get interesting insight from Tours, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown day trip planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

4
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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Get out of town with these interesting Fox Glacier side-trips: Franz Josef (Franz Josef Glacier & Sentinel Rock Walk) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, Glencoe Walk, &more). There's lots more to do: hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Fox Route, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Fox Glacier road trip app.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally enjoy some diversion at Margaret Mahy Family Playground. Here are some ideas for day two: catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Christchurch vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Christchurch takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your plan
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

2
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Wellington

Wellington

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, then get great views at Mount Victoria, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then get great views at Wellington Cable Car, then ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, and finally admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington travel route tool.

You can fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 4th (Fri), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 5th (Sat), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, hike along Ridge Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track, and admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

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

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

5
nights
Taupo

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, join the crowd at Formula Challenge Racing, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Taupo trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

5
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Rotorua

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, trot along with a tour on horseback, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Rotorua vacation planning website.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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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.
Take a break from Waitomo Caves with a short trip to Timber Trail NZ in Pureora Forest Park, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, and trek along Ruakuri Walk.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Waitomo Caves route planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Glowing Adventures ©
Glowing Adventures
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing

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