47 days in New Zealand Itinerary

47 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Taupo
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Wellington
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
6
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
7
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
8
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
9
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
10
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
11
Paihia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
End: Auckland

2
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.
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
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

2
nights
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 3rd (Thu): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, thentake 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, thenstep 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 Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kapiti Island, Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

6
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
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). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, get to know the fascinating history of Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve, and have fun at Taupo Gliding Club.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Taupo trip planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 10:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

5
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
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 Mead's Wall.

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 car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

4
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.
Step out of Wellington with an excursion to Marlborough Sounds in Picton--about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington trip planning app.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Wellington Botanic Garden, Marlborough Sounds
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds

3
nights
Christchurch

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). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

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

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Wellington in October since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Parks Transportation

Side Trips

Akaroa, Ohinetahi Garden, Little River Gallery
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

4
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Explore Fox Glacier's surroundings by going to Franz Josef (Franz Josef Glacier & Sentinel Rock Walk). There's lots more to do: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, stroll through Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, and enjoy some diversion at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting.

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 take a bus; or do a combination of train and 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

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
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 Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Glencoe Walk, Hooker Valley Track, &more). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman, tour the pleasant surroundings at Governors Bush Walk, head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and hike along Red Tarns Track.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mt. Cook Village trip planning website.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village by car takes about 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

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks ©
Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks

5
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.
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 identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park.

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

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 4:
Highlights from your plan
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

6
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 10:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

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.
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 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Haruru Falls, Tapeka Point Track, KeriKeri New Zealand, Bream Head Coast Walks
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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