39 days in New Zealand Itinerary

39 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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39 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
10
Auckland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Paihia
— 7 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

2
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa). There's still lots to do: walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, have fun at Velocity Karts, take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train, and get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Christchurch online holiday builder .

New Delhi, India to Christchurch is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Outdoors

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Little River Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

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.
Fox Glacier is known for nature, trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, and stroll through Moraine Walk.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fox Glacier trip builder app .

Getting from Christchurch to Fox Glacier by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Mt. Cook Village is known for childrens museums, wildlife, outdoors, trails, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hooker Valley Track, trek along Glencoe Walk, get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village takes 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

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.
When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, hike along Kepler Track, and stroll through The Chasm Walk.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip itinerary maker website .

Explore your travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stop by Amisfield Cellar Door.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Queenstown tour planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

3
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.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, classes, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and get great views at Mount Victoria.

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

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. January in Wellington sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Wellington Botanic Garden, Wainui Lookout
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
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Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Zipline, & more). There's still lots to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, stop by Huka Honey Hive, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Taupo online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

3
nights
Whakapapa

Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi (about 34 minutes away).

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Whakapapa trip planner .

Getting from Taupo to Whakapapa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
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.
On the 23rd (Thu), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Marokopa Falls Walk, then experience rural life at Roselands Farm Park, then get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally Head underground at Caveworld.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Waitomo Caves route planner .

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 24:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, and get impressive views of Rangitoto Island.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Auckland itinerary planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paihia: Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei) and Russell (Nancy Fladgate Track, Tapeka Point Track, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paihia trip app .

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Bream Head Coast Walks
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

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