32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Auckland
— 3 nights
2
Hamilton
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Wellington
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h 15​min
7
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Queenstown
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
9
Te Anau
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
10
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
11
Nelson
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, take an in-depth tour of Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then make a trip to Sky Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, then get impressive views of Mount Eden, and then stop by Pauanesia.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Auckland road trip tool .

Brisbane, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Auckland. Traveling from Brisbane in October, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

2
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Explore Hamilton's surroundings by going to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Raglan (Bridal Veil Falls & Raglan Rock). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens, examine the collection at Waikato Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hamilton New Zealand Temple, and relax in the rural setting at Ruakura Berry Farm.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Hamilton online holiday maker .

You can drive from Auckland to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Raglan, Hobbiton Movie Set, Cambridge Museum
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Raglan Rock ©
Raglan Rock
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens

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.
On the 11th (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Piripiri Cave Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves online travel route planner .

You can take a bus from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

3
nights
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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, nightlife, wildlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, have some family-friendly fun at OGO Rotorua, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Horseback Riding Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline

2
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 16th (Fri), make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Taupo journey maker app .

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

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.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, classes, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, steep yourself in history at Kotuku School Memorial, and get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

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

You can fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. October in Wellington sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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.
Fox Glacier is known for nature, trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Gillespies Beach, hike along Mount Fox Route, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Fox Glacier takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier

3
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, wildlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, pause for some photo ops at William Gilbert Rees Statue, get interesting insight from Tours, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, hike along Hollyford Track, and look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound.

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Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

2
nights
Whakapapa

Step out of Whakapapa with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi--about 34 minutes away.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Whakapapa itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Whakapapa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

3
nights
Nelson

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Hunter's Wines Cellar Door & Wine Shop and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): examine the collection at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, then examine the collection at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum, and finally stop by Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nelson day trip website .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Nelson in 9.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nelson

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Blenheim
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith ©

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