40 days in New Zealand Itinerary

40 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 2 nights
2
Whangarei
— 3 nights
3
Thames
— 2 nights
4
Hawera
— 3 nights
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
6
Picton
— 2 nights
7
Collingwood
— Few hours
8
Abel Tasman National Park
— 2 nights
9
Hokitika
— 2 nights
10
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
11
Wanaka
— 2 nights
12
Milford Sound
— 2 nights
13
Queenstown
— 3 nights
14
Invercargill
— 2 nights
15
Stewart Island
— 2 nights
16
Dunedin
— 1 night
17
Akaroa
— 1 night
18
Christchurch
— 2 nights
19
Waiheke Island
— 2 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): visit Ponsonby, steep yourself in history at Howick Historical Village, then look and learn at Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, and finally contemplate the long history of Parnell. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Takapuna Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Orewa Beach.

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San Francisco, USA to Auckland is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 20 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in November, Auckland is a bit warmer at night with lows of 63°F. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Whangarei.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Orewa Beach, Torpedo Bay Navy Museum
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Torpedo Bay Navy Museum ©
Torpedo Bay Navy Museum
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Howick Historical Village ©
Howick Historical Village

3
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Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Visiting Bream Head Coast Walks and Mount Manaia Track will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Waipu Cave and Ocean Beach. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Claphams Clocks - The National Clock Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Whangarei road trip planning website.

Getting from Auckland to Whangarei by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Thames.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Ocean Beach, Waipu Cave
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Mount Manaia Track ©
Mount Manaia Track
Waipu Cave ©
Waipu Cave

2
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Thames

Thames ©
Thames is a town at the southwestern end of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand's North Island. On the 8th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Pauanui Beach and then admire the verdant scenery at Wentworth Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Burke Street Wharf, examine the collection at Thames School of Mines and Mineralogical Museum, and then view the masterpieces at The Little Gallery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Thames online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Whangarei to Thames in 3.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Thames are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Hawera.

Things to do in Thames

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Wentworth Valley, The Little Gallery, Pauanui Beach, Lemon & Paeroa Bottle
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
The Little Gallery ©
The Little Gallery
Lemon & Paeroa Bottle ©
Lemon & Paeroa Bottle

3
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Hawera

Hawera ©
Hawera is the second-largest town in the Taranaki region of New Zealand's North Island, with a population of. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): examine the collection at Tawhiti Museum, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Egmont Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Oakura Beach.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hawera itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Thames to Hawera takes 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Hawera

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Aotea Utanganui - Museum of South Taranaki, Percy Thomson Gallery, Oakura Beach, Opunake Beach, Cape Egmont Lighthouse
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Tawhiti Museum ©
Tawhiti Museum
Cape Egmont Lighthouse ©
Cape Egmont Lighthouse
Aotea Utanganui - Museum of South Taranaki ©
Aotea Utanganui - Museum of South Taranaki

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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.
On the 13th (Tue), examine the collection at Southward Car Museum and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bolton Street Cemetery. On the next day, brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial, then kick back and relax at Scorching Bay, then ponder the world of politics at Government House, and finally take a peaceful walk through Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Wellington trip app.

You can drive from Hawera to Wellington in 4 hours. In November in Wellington, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Southward Car Museum
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Southward Car Museum ©
Southward Car Museum
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial
Bolton Street Cemetery ©
Bolton Street Cemetery

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Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 15th (Thu), take in the waterfront activity at Picton Sound. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Picton trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Picton takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for Collingwood.

Things to do in Picton

Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum ©
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum
Picton Sound ©
Picton Sound

few
hours
Collingwood

Collingwood
Collingwood is a town in the north-west corner of the South Island of New Zealand along Golden Bay. For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Collingwood trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Picton to Collingwood in 4 hours. You'll set off for Abel Tasman National Park on the 17th (Sat).

Things to do in Collingwood

Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 18:

2
nights
Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park ©
Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): stroll through The Grove Scenic Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Split Apple Rock and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Abel Tasman National Park driving holiday planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Collingwood to Abel Tasman National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kaiteriteri, The Grove Scenic Reserve
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Split Apple Rock ©
Split Apple Rock
Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park ©
Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park
The Grove Scenic Reserve ©
The Grove Scenic Reserve

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Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): choose your vessel at West Coast Scenic Waterways, view the masterpieces at Hokitika Craft Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Bonz 'N Stonz, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Dorothy Falls, stroll through Tunnel Terrace Walk, stop by Garth Wilson Jade, then stroll through Woods Creek Track, then hike along Coal Creek Track, and finally hike along Point Elizabeth Walkway.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hokitika trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Abel Tasman National Park to Hokitika. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Hokitika

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Greymouth, Coal Creek Track
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
West Coast Scenic Waterways ©
West Coast Scenic Waterways
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
Bonz 'N Stonz ©
Bonz 'N Stonz

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night
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 22nd (Thu): go for a walk through River Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Minnehaha Walk, then take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier road trip planner.

Getting from Hokitika to Fox Glacier by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Peters Pool Walk ©
Peters Pool Walk
Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk
River Walk ©
River Walk

2
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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.
To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Wanaka trip maker app.

You can take a bus from Fox Glacier to Wanaka in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Milford Sound.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Warbirds & Wheels ©
Warbirds & Wheels

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Milford Sound

Milford Sound ©
Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
Explore hidden gems such as Milford sound Hwy and Humboldt Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Eglinton Valley and Monkey Creek. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, take in the views from Tutoko Suspension Bridge, and get great views at Pops View Look Out.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Milford Sound trip maker site.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Wanaka to Milford Sound in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy
Eglinton Valley ©
Eglinton Valley

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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.
On the 28th (Wed), explore the galleries of Ivan Clarke Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, then get to know the fascinating history of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, and finally explore the activities along Arrow River. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then tee off at Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown.

To see reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown holiday planning site.

You can fly from Milford Sound to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Invercargill.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Golf

Side Trip

Arrowtown
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery ©
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery
Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown ©
Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown

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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. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Invercargill Brewery.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Invercargill trip planner.

Drive from Queenstown to Invercargill in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Stewart Island.

Things to do in Invercargill

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:
Highlights from your plan
Classic Motorcycle Mecca ©
Classic Motorcycle Mecca
Demolition World ©
Demolition World
Invercargill Brewery ©
Invercargill Brewery

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Stewart Island

Stewart Island ©
On the 2nd (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Ulva Island, then examine the collection at Rakiura Museum, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Rakiura Track.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Stewart Island tour itinerary website.

Explore your travel options from Invercargill to Stewart Island with the Route module. You'll set off for Dunedin on the 4th (Tue).

Things to do in Stewart Island

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Rakiura Track ©
Rakiura Track
Ulva Island ©
Ulva Island
Rakiura Museum ©
Rakiura Museum

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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.
To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Dunedin travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Stewart Island to Dunedin. You will leave for Akaroa on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in Dunedin

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:

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Akaroa

Akaroa ©
The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic St. Patrick's Akaroa, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Peter's Anglican Church, take an in-depth tour of Akaroa Museum, then look for gifts at Pot Pourri, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hinewai Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: play a few rounds at Akaroa Golf Club.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Akaroa sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Dunedin to Akaroa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Akaroa are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Christchurch.

Things to do in Akaroa

Outdoors · Golf · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Hinewai Reserve ©
Hinewai Reserve
Akaroa Museum ©
Akaroa Museum
Akaroa Golf Club ©
Akaroa Golf Club

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Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu). Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch tour itinerary planning website.

Getting from Akaroa to Christchurch by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Christchurch

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush

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Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island ©
Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Waiheke Island trip itinerary maker app.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Christchurch to Waiheke Island in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 59°F in Waiheke Island. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Wineries · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Goldie Estate ©
Goldie Estate
Te Motu Vineyard ©
Te Motu Vineyard
Kennedy Point Vineyard ©
Kennedy Point Vineyard

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