31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  6 h
6
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Blenheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Abel Tasman National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
9
Charleston
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
10
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
11
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
12
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
13
Christchurch
— 4 nights
End: Christchurch

4
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.
You've added Waiheke Island, Karekare Falls, Karekare Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Auckland trip planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Karekare Beach, Karekare Falls
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Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden
Karekare Falls ©
Karekare Falls
Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Waitomo Glowworm Caves as well as Hobbiton Movie Set. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves itinerary planning website.

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. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

1
night
Rotorua

Rotorua ©
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.
Blue Lake Track has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): trek along Blue Lake Track.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua day trip planning site.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rotorua are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 2nd (Mon), you're off to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Blue Lake Track ©
Blue Lake Track

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 3rd (Tue), hike along Great Lake Trail and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, and finally explore the striking landscape at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Rotorua to Taupo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 5th (Thu), you're off to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Lake Taupo
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Lake Taupo ©
Lake Taupo
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): kick back and relax at Paraparaumu Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington travel route planner.

You can fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Paekakariki Escarpment Walkway, Paraparaumu Beach, Nga Manu Nature Reserve
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Nga Manu Nature Reserve ©
Nga Manu Nature Reserve
Off-Road Tours
Paraparaumu Beach ©
Paraparaumu Beach

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then get engrossed in the history at Kaikoura Museum, then trek along Ohau Stream Walk, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Maori Leap Cave.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kaikoura visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Wellington to Kaikoura takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Blenheim

Blenheim ©
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): do a tasting at Framingham Wines and then take in the waterfront activity at Picton Sound.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Blenheim travel route planner.

Getting from Kaikoura to Blenheim by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Blenheim

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Picton Sound, Framingham Wines
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Picton Sound ©
Picton Sound
Framingham Wines ©
Framingham Wines

2
nights
Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park ©
Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Abel Tasman Coast Track and Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs). Step out of the city life by going to Kaiteriteri Beach and The Grove Scenic Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Abel Tasman National Park side-trips: Motueka (u-fly extreme & Motueka Quay), Dancing Sands Distillery (in Takaka) and New Zealand Trout Adventures (in Collingwood). There's much more to do: trek along Wainui Falls Track, take in the dramatic natural features at Labyrinth Rocks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tata Beach, and view the masterpieces at Sculpture705 Lollokiki.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Abel Tasman National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Blenheim to Abel Tasman National Park with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Charleston.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Pohara, Motueka, Takaka, The Grove Scenic Reserve, Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs)
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Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs) ©
Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs)
Wainui Falls Track ©
Wainui Falls Track

1
night
Charleston

Charleston ©
Charleston is a village in the South Island of New Zealand located 30 km south of Westport. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): make a trip to Mitchells Gully Gold Mine.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Charleston trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Charleston. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fox Glacier.
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Mitchells Gully Gold Mine ©
Mitchells Gully Gold Mine

3
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Lake Matheson Walk has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk and then enjoy the sand and surf at Monro Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fox Glacier trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Charleston to Fox Glacier takes 4 hours. On the 17th (Tue), you'll travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Franz Josef Glacier, Monro Beach
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
Monro Beach ©
Monro Beach

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Milford Sound. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Chasm Walk and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get outdoors at Mirror Lakes Walk and Lake Gunn. Step out of Queenstown to go to Wanaka and see Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: grab your bike and head to Lake Hayes Walkway, take in the exciting artwork at Queenstown Arts Centre, walk around Village Green, and hike along Tobins Track.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Queenstown day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 21st (Sat), you'll travel to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Te Anau, Arrowtown, Fiordland National Park, Wanaka
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Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks ©
Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk

1
night
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Pukaki as well as Lake Tekapo. On the 22nd (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pukaki, then identify plant and animal life at Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lake Tekapo trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Queenstown to Lake Tekapo in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Pukaki
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Lake Pukaki ©
Lake Pukaki
Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve ©

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nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Sumner Beach (Cave Rock). Explore hidden gems such as Port Hills and Hinewai Reserve. Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Akaroa (Saint Peter's Anglican Church, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get your game on at Velocity Karts, make a trip to Cardboard Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Riccarton House & Bush.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Christchurch tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Christchurch sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Akaroa, Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)

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