30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Blenheim
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
4
Oakura
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Kaitaia
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Hot Water Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Rotorua
— 5 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Helicopter Tours and Glenorchy-Queenstown Road. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queenstown: Domain Road Vineyard (in Bannockburn) and Wanaka (in Wanaka). On the 7th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Coronet Peak. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, get your game on at Fear Factory Queenstown, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by DF Souvenirs.

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

New Delhi, India to Queenstown is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Queenstown is 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Blenheim.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Domain Road Vineyard, Wanaka, Arrowtown Village
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Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road ©
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
Helicopter Tours

5
nights
Blenheim

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Forrest Wines Cellar Door. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, do a tasting at Eradus Wines Cellar Door, and stroll through Whites Bay.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Blenheim day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Blenheim takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Blenheim are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Renwick
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Framingham Wines ©
Framingham Wines

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 13th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Fyffe House and then look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony, stroll through Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and then stop by Kaikoura Cheese.

Plan trip to Kaikoura with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by train from Blenheim to Kaikoura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Oakura.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony
Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony

2
nights
Oakura

Oakura ©
Oakura is a small township in New Plymouth District, Taranaki, in the western North Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Oakura Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Opunake Beach.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Oakura planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kaikoura to Oakura. On the 17th (Mon), you're off toKaitaia.

Things to do in Oakura

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, Opunake Beach
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New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

4
nights
Kaitaia

Kaitaia ©
Kaitaia is a town in the Far North District of New Zealand, at the base of the Aupouri Peninsula, about 160 km northwest of Whangarei. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ninety Mile Beach and Rarawa Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Taipa Beach and Coopers Beach. Step out of Kaitaia with an excursion to Taumarumaru Scenic Reserve Walk in Mangonui--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Taupo Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tapotupotu Beach, look for gifts at Kotare Krafts, and examine the collection at Te Ahu Heritage.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kaitaia road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Oakura to Kaitaia in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Hot Water Beach.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mangonui, Taupo Bay, Tapotupotu Beach, Taipa Beach
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Ninety Mile Beach ©
Ninety Mile Beach
Rarawa Beach ©
Rarawa Beach
Te Ahu Heritage ©
Te Ahu Heritage

3
nights
Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach ©
Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at Fun Zone Adventure & Family Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at The Lost Spring, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Water Beach.

Plan my day in Hot Water Beach using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Kaitaia to Hot Water Beach with the Route module. In September in Hot Water Beach, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Whitianga, Opoutere Surf Beach, Hahei Beach Walk, The Little Gallery, Whangamata Beach
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Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk

5
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Ohope Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Rotorua Museum. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool (in Wai-O-Tapu) and Huka Falls tracks (in Taupo). Spend the 27th (Thu) immersed in therapeutic waters at a local thermal spa. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take a stroll through Eat Street.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip builder site .

Drive from Hot Water Beach to Rotorua in 3 hours. September in Rotorua sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mt Maunganui Main Beach, Huka Falls Walkway, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Ohope Beach
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Ohope Beach ©
Ohope Beach
Volcanic Hills Winery ©
Volcanic Hills Winery

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