36 days in New Zealand Itinerary

36 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Westport
Drive:  4 h 30 min
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Dunedin
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Invercargill
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h
5
Wanaka
— 1 night
Bus:  5 h
6
Fox Glacier
— Few hours
Drive:  30 min
7
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
8
Westport
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Nelson
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
10
Picton
— Few hours
ferry:  3 h 30 min
11
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
12
Palmerston North
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
13
Napier
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
14
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
15
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
16
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
17
Cape Reinga
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
18
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
19
Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
20
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
21
Wellington
— 2 nights
Ferry + Bus:  7 h
22
Kaikoura
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h
23
Christchurch
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
End: Westport

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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 1st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michaels and All Angels, then appreciate the history behind Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, then appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture, and finally stroll around Riccarton House & Bush.

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

Westport to Christchurch is an approximately 4.5- hour car ride. In June, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 2°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Dunedin.

Things to do in Christchurch

Historic Sites Parks
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Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush
Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial ©
Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial
St. Michaels and All Angels ©
St. Michaels and All Angels

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Dunedin

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
On the 2nd (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary and then get great views at Signal Hill.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dunedin travel route builder site.

Getting from Christchurch to Dunedin by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Invercargill.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Signal Hill ©
Signal Hill
First Church of Otago ©
First Church of Otago

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Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Invercargill trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Invercargill takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Invercargill

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cathedral Caves Walk, Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre
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Otepuni Gardens ©
Otepuni Gardens
Demolition World ©
Demolition World
Invercargill Cenotaph ©
Invercargill Cenotaph

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You've added Moke Lake, Arrow River, iFLY Queenstown, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Invercargill to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for the bus ride to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Nature Parks Nightlife
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iFLY Queenstown ©
iFLY Queenstown
Arrow River ©
Arrow River
Moke Lake ©
Moke Lake

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Wanaka

Wanaka
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Wanaka trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for the bus ride to Fox Glacier.
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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Wanaka to Fox Glacier by bus takes about 5 hours. You'll set off for Franz Josef on the 7th (Mon).

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Mapourika as well as West Coast Wildlife Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Roberts Point Track, stroll through Sentinel Rock Walk, then hike along Peters Pool Walk, then take in the pleasant sights at Callery Gorge Walk, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Wildlife Centre.

Discover how to plan a Franz Josef trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Franz Josef is very close to Fox Glacier. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Westport.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Roberts Point Track ©
Roberts Point Track
Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk
Lake Mapourika ©
Lake Mapourika

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Westport

Westport
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Westport trip builder site.

You can drive from Franz Josef to Westport in 4 hours. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nelson.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Nelson

Nelson
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nelson trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Westport to Nelson in 4 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sun) before leaving for Picton.

Things to do in Nelson

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): examine the collection at The National Whale Centre and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find out how to plan a trip to Picton, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Nelson to Picton takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June in Picton, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Picton

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary

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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.
To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Wellington trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Picton to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. June in Wellington sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Palmerston North.

Things to do in Wellington

Nature Wildlife Parks
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National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial

few
hours
Palmerston North

Palmerston North ©
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Dugald MacKenzie rose breeding centre and then stop by Inspire Me.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Palmerston North trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Wellington to Palmerston North in 2 hours. Traveling from Wellington in June, Palmerston North is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Napier.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Parks Shopping
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Dugald MacKenzie rose breeding centre ©
Dugald MacKenzie rose breeding centre

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Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Sunken Gardens, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ahuriri Estuary Walk.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Napier trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Palmerston North to Napier in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Gannet Colony, Cornwall Park
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Gannet Colony ©
Gannet Colony
Ahuriri Estuary Walk ©
Ahuriri Estuary Walk
Sunken Gardens ©
Sunken Gardens

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Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the next day, see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, then look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet, then admire the natural beauty at Waipahihi Botanical Gardens, and finally explore and take pictures at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Taupo online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Napier to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Lake Taupo, Huka Falls
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Lake Taupo ©
Lake Taupo
Huka Falls ©
Huka Falls
Taupo Museum ©
Taupo Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, then make a trip to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, then contemplate the long history of Government Gardens, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Rotorua. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Rotokakahi, then explore the striking landscape at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and then take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip site.

You can take a bus from Taupo to Rotorua in an hour. Another option is to drive. June in Rotorua sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Waikite Valley Thermal Pools ©
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
Fancy Meow Cat Cafe ©
Fancy Meow Cat Cafe
Lake Rotokakahi
Lake Rotokakahi

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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.
On the 22nd (Tue), take a leisurely stroll along Westhaven Promenade and then step off the mainland to explore Motutapu Island.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Rotorua in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Auckland. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Auckland

Nature Parks
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Motutapu Island ©
Motutapu Island

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Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga ©
Cape Reinga or Te Rerenga Wairua is the northwesternmost tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Tapotupotu Beach. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Cape Reinga Lighthouse and then explore the striking landscape at Te Paki Sand Dunes.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Reinga trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Auckland to Cape Reinga. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Te Paki Sand Dunes
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Te Paki Sand Dunes ©
Te Paki Sand Dunes
Cape Reinga Lighthouse ©
Cape Reinga Lighthouse

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Auckland

Auckland ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Takapuna Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cape Reinga to Auckland. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Beaches
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Albert Park ©
Albert Park
North Head Historic Reserve ©
North Head Historic Reserve
Hauraki Gulf ©
Hauraki Gulf

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Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): examine the collection at Classics Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Taitua Arboretum, then see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, and finally explore the activities along Lake Ngaroto.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton sightseeing site.

You can drive from Auckland to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Museums Nature
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Taitua Arboretum ©
Taitua Arboretum
Hamilton Lake Domain ©
Hamilton Lake Domain
Room Escape Games

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read New Plymouth trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hamilton to New Plymouth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks
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Pukeiti ©
Pukeiti

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Wellington

Wellington ©
Take the guesswork out of planning a Wellington vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from New Plymouth to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Nature Trails
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Matiu / Somes Island ©
Matiu / Somes Island
Mount Kaukau ©
Mount Kaukau
Lady Norwood Rose Garden ©
Lady Norwood Rose Garden

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Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kaikoura trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Wellington to Kaikoura takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Nature Parks Shopping
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Kaikoura Cheese ©
Kaikoura Cheese
Kaikoura Museum ©
Kaikoura Museum

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bridge of Remembrance and Sumner Beach (Cave Rock). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: Akaroa (Britomart Monument, Hinewai Reserve, &more). See even more of Christchurch: enjoy some diversion at Velocity Karts, get to know the fascinating history of Port Hills, browse the fresh offerings at Christchurch Farmers' Market, and have some family-friendly fun at Uprising.

To see where to stay and tourist information, read our Christchurch trip planning website.

You can take a bus from Kaikoura to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 6th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Akaroa
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Bridge of Remembrance ©
Bridge of Remembrance
Port Hills ©
Port Hills

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