31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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.
Auckland War Memorial Museum and Sculptureum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and New Zealand Maritime Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Matakana War Memorial (in Matakana), Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach) and Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, head off the coast to Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Creek, and learn about winemaking at Foxes Island.

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Amsterdam, Holland to Auckland is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Auckland. In January, Auckland is much hotter than Amsterdam - with highs of 22°C and lows of 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, Muriwai Gannet Colony, Tawharanui Regional Park
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki ©

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): admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, then contemplate the long history of Pompallier Mission and Printery, and finally contemplate the long history of Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Omata Estate, see the interesting displays at Russell Museum, and then step off the mainland to explore Urupukapuka Island.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Russell online journey builder .

Getting from Auckland to Russell by car takes about 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. Waitangi Treaty Grounds and KeriKeri New Zealand are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station and Rangihoua Heritage Park. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kerikeri trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Russell to Kerikeri takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

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

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, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Southward Car Museum, then examine the collection 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 see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Wellington day trip planning app .

Fly from Kerikeri to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Southward Car Museum, Tonga Island Marine Reserve, Kotuku School Memorial, Pataka Art + Museum
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Mona Vale, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, explore the galleries of Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christchurch Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Cardboard Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Ferrymead Heritage Park, and finally take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more 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, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Christchurch. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Tours Transportation
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier, then take in the pleasant sights at River Walk, then take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, and finally trek along Hooker Valley Track. On your second day here, stroll through Gillespies Beach, trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, then explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, then look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Wildlife Centre, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fox Glacier road trip planning site .

Drive from Christchurch to Fox Glacier in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive 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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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
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.
Get some cultural insight at Peregrine Wines and Fallen Soldiers Memorial. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, push the limits with an extreme tour, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time 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, nightlife, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, trek along Hollyford Track, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kepler Track.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau tour itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

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 ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Horsemtrails are good opportunities to explore the local culture.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Whakapapa route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Whakapapa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Buried Village of Te Wairoa and Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve. Taupo Museum and Tukairangi Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Fishing Charters & Tours, Maori Rock Carvings, & more) and Waitomo Glowworm Caves (in Waitomo Caves). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua trip planner .

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Buried Village of Te Wairoa ©
Buried Village of Te Wairoa
Taupo Museum ©
Taupo Museum

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