31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  24​h
1
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
2
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
5
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
7
Paihia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Toronto

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.
Step out of the city life by going to ZEALANDIA Sanctuary and Catchpool Loop Walk. Get some historical perspective at Wellington Cable Car and Katherine Mansfield House and Garden (Te Puakitanga). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, contemplate the long history of Kotuku School Memorial, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Wellington trip planning site .

Toronto, Canada to Wellington is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 17 hours. Traveling from Toronto in March, things will get much hotter in Wellington: highs are around 22°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotuku School Memorial, Wellington Botanic Garden, Catchpool Loop Walk
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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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.
Get in touch with nature at Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: trek along Hollyford Track, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, stroll through Kepler Track, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Te Anau in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

4
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Take a break from the city and head to Speed Boats Tours and Zipline. St Peter's Anglican Church and Queenstown Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, walk around Village Green, and take a memorable drive along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road.

To plan Queenstown vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Speed Boats Tours
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Zipline

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Hooker Valley Track, take in the pleasant sights at River Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matheson Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fox Glacier trip tool .

Drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Hooker Valley Track
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

3
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Visiting Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Horsemtrails will get you outdoors. Visit Te Porere Redoubt and Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial for their historical value. Explore Whakapapa's surroundings by going to Turangi (Tongariro National Trout Centre & River Rafting & Tubing).

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Whakapapa journey planning website .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Whakapapa in 15 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, Turangi, Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Buried Village of Te Wairoa and St. Faith's Anglican Church. Escape the urban bustle at Huka Falls Walkway and Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Taupo (Fishing Charters & Tours, Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve, & more). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, steep yourself in history at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, and don't miss a visit to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Whakapapa to Rotorua by car takes about 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Rotorua are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Taupo, Waitomo Glowworm Caves
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Buried Village of Te Wairoa ©
Buried Village of Te Wairoa
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline

4
nights
Paihia

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Parasailing & Paragliding. Your inner history buff will appreciate Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Whangarei Falls (in Whangarei) and Russell (Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Paihia day trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Russell, Whangarei Falls
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Waiheke Island and Mount Eden. Your inner history buff will appreciate Holy Trinity Cathedral and Howick Historical Village. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Sky Tower, get impressive views of Rangitoto Island, contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, and brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In March in Auckland, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Museums
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Rangitoto Island ©
Rangitoto Island
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

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