34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Bus:  6 h 15 min
3
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 4 nights
Bus:  4 h
4
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
9
Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
11
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Sydney

4
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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, take a memorable tour with Tours, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6- hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 1:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Te Anau: Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, hike along Kepler Track, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Milford Foreshore Walk, Bowen Falls, Hollyford Track
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 6:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

4
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Minnehaha Walk, Moraine Walk, &more) and Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef).

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) by bus takes about 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Christchurch.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 10:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

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 11th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola and then catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally enjoy some diversion at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch takes 4 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Museums
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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.
On the 13th (Mon), ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, and then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition.

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Getting from Christchurch to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in April, Wellington is a bit warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

4
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taupo: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Rotorua (Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, Te Puia, &more). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stop by Huka Honey Hive.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

4
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rotopounamu Track, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ohakune Old Coach Road, and admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): hike along Ruakuri Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 24:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens, and then stroll around Hamilton Lake Domain.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Hamilton tour planner.

Take a bus from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Museums
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 25:
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Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum
Hamilton Lake Domain ©
Hamilton Lake Domain

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then make a trip to SkyTower. On the next day, look for gifts at Pauanesia, then do a tasting at Foxes Island, then step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheltenham Beach.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Auckland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island

3
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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and step off the mainland to explore Urupukapuka Island.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Kerikeri
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island

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