47 days in New Zealand Itinerary

47 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

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Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 6 nights
Shuttle
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 4 nights
Fly
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Christchurch
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive
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Te Anau
— 5 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
Fly
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Paihia
— 5 nights
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Auckland

— 2 nights

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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to SkyTower, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo, and contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Auckland driving holiday planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Auckland. In September in Auckland, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, then step off the mainland to explore Kapiti Island, and finally experience rural life at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm.

To plan Waitomo Caves vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:

Taupo

— 6 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.
Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Rotorua (Zipline, Amokura Glass, &more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, enjoy some diversion at Taupo Gliding Club, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Taupo tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 10:

Tongariro National Park

— 5 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, stroll through Horsemtrails, and hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 15:

Wellington

— 4 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.
Explore Wellington's surroundings by going to Marlborough Sounds (in Picton) and Beer Tastings & Tours (in Blenheim). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, and take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, daytime highs in Wellington are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:

Christchurch

— 3 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Venture out of the city with trips to Akaroa (The Garden at French Farm & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train, catch some excitement at Velocity Karts, and see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Wellington to Christchurch by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Wellington in October, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Parks · Transportation · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:

Fox Glacier

— 4 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Fox Glacier is known for trails, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, take in the pleasant sights at River Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach, and trek along Moraine Walk.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 26:

Mt. Cook Village

— 4 nights
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mt. Cook Village: Lake Tekapo (in Lake Tekapo) and Hooker Valley Track (in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kea Point Track, hike along Glencoe Walk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village trip app.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:

Te Anau

— 5 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.
On the 2nd (Sat), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. On the 3rd (Sun), hike the day away at Dusky Track. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, hike along Gertrude Saddle, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau day trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 4:

Queenstown

— 6 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 wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take in the awesome beauty at Coronet Peak, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and do a tasting at Peregrine Wines.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown online holiday builder.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 10:

Paihia

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paihia: Tapeka Point Track (in Russell) and Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, explore and take pictures at Opua Forest Lookout Track, contemplate the long history of KeriKeri New Zealand, and admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paihia online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Paihia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 15:

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.