31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  27 h
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Russell
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Kerikeri
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
6
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
7
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
8
Te Anau
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9 h 15 min
9
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
10
Rotorua
— 6 nights
Fly:  29 h
End: Amsterdam

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Auckland Museum and New Zealand Maritime Museum. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and Sculptureum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Matakana War Memorial (in Matakana), Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth) and Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach). There's lots more to do: make a trip to SkyTower, do a tasting at Foxes Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Creek, and step off the mainland to explore Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Auckland is an approximately 27- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 11 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in January: high temperatures in Auckland hover around 22°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Russell.

Things to do in Auckland

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Matakana, Tawharanui Regional Park, Muriwai Gannet Colony
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Sculptureum ©
Sculptureum

2
nights
Russell

Russell ©
Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Anglican Church, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church, then contemplate the long history of Pompallier Mission and Printery, and finally steep yourself in history at Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Omata Estate, then examine the collection at Russell Museum, and then step off the mainland to explore Urupukapuka Island.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Russell attractions planner.

Drive from Auckland to Russell in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Russell

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Paihia
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Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery
Christ Church ©
Christ Church

3
nights
Kerikeri

Kerikeri ©
Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Waitangi Treaty Grounds and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station. Get some cultural insight at Akeake Historic Reserve Track and St James Anglican Church. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the long history of KeriKeri New Zealand, look for all kinds of wild species at The Parrot Place, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kerikeri trip maker app.

You can drive from Russell to Kerikeri in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Paihia, Haruru Falls
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Southward Car Museum, see the interesting displays at Pataka Art + Museum, then contemplate the long history of Kotuku School Memorial, and finally identify plant and animal life at Tonga Island Marine Reserve.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Wellington trip builder tool.

You can fly from Kerikeri to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. In January in Wellington, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Tonga Island Marine Reserve, Southward Car Museum, Pataka Art + Museum, Kotuku School Memorial
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
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 13th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Mona Vale, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, then explore the world behind art at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), then stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Christchurch Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral, then explore the galleries of Ferrymead Heritage Park, and finally take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in January, Christchurch is a bit cooler at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Museums Transportation
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 15th (Wed), go for a walk through River Walk, take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, and then stroll through Hooker Valley Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, then identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip planner.

You can drive from Christchurch to Fox Glacier in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Hooker Valley Track
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery ©
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery
River Walk ©
River Walk

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Peregrine Wines and Fallen Soldiers Memorial. The adventure continues: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and see Off-Road Tours.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines

3
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.
Te Anau is known for nature, trails, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park, trek along Kepler Track, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hollyford Track.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary ©
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
Get some historical perspective at Ohakune Old Coach Road and Te Porere Redoubt. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit. When in Whakapapa, make a side trip to see Horsemtrails in Tongariro National Park, approximately Tongariro National Park away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rotopounamu Track, and trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Whakapapa road trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Whakapapa with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

6
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.
Appreciate the collections at Tukairangi Gallery and Taupo Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Te Puia and Buried Village of Te Wairoa. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Taupo (Fishing Charters & Tours, Maori Rock Carvings, &more) and Waitomo Glowworm Caves (in Waitomo Caves). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, and do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Whakapapa to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:
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Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Buried Village of Te Wairoa ©
Buried Village of Te Wairoa

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