30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand itinerary planner
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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Wellington
Ferry to Picton, Drive to Fox Glacier
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Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 5 nights
Drive
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Christchurch
— 1 night

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Auckland — 1 night

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 9th (Wed): get impressive views of Mount Eden, take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Auckland travel itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In November, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.
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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.
On the 10th (Thu), get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and then hike along Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Aranui Cave, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Waitomo Caves online trip builder.

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.
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Side Trip

Rotorua — 4 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Mount Maunganui Summit Track (in Mount Maunganui) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, trot along with a tour on horseback, get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and trek along Lake Okareka Walkway.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua vacation maker app.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Taupo.
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Taupo — 5 nights

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
When in Taupo, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi, approximately Turangi away. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and admire the natural beauty at Waipahihi Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Taupo sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the shuttle to Tongariro National Park.
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Tongariro National Park — 5 nights

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Take a break from Tongariro National Park with a short trip to Mt Ngauruhoe in Turangi, about 36 minutes away. On the 21st (Mon), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 23rd (Wed), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, stroll through Ridge Track, and get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park online travel route 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Wellington.
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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.
On the 26th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Wellington day trip planning 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 November in Wellington, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Fox Glacier.
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Fox Glacier — 1 night

A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, then identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, then hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and then take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip planning site.

Getting from Wellington to Fox Glacier by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.
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Queenstown — 3 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Park, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planning app.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Sound (Stirling Falls & Kayaking & Canoeing) and The Wee Bookshop (in Manapouri). Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 4th (Sun), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along Routeburn Track, stroll through Lake Marian Track, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

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Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.
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Christchurch — 1 night

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 8th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral.

Start your trip to Christchurch by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Christchurch takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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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.
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