40 days in New Zealand Itinerary

40 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Whitianga
— 2 nights
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
3
Kerikeri
— 4 nights
4
New Plymouth
— 4 nights
5
Wellington
— 4 nights
6
Hokitika
— 3 nights
7
Akaroa
— 2 nights
8
Invercargill
— 4 nights
9
Queenstown
— 4 nights
10
Dunedin
— 6 nights

2
nights
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity and The Little Gallery. Get outdoors at Mount Paku and Hot Water Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Whitianga side-trips: Whangapoua Beach (in Whangapoua), Whangamata Beach (in Whangamata) and Hahei Beach Walk (in Hahei). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mill Creek Bird & Animal Encounters and don't miss a visit to The Lost Spring.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Whitianga tour app.

Albuquerque, USA to Whitianga is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 19 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Albuquerque in November: high temperatures in Whitianga hover around 66°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tairua, Whangapoua Beach, Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity, Whangamata Beach, Hahei Beach Walk
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:
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Mount Paku ©
Mount Paku
Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Horseback Riding Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave and Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Government Gardens, hike along Blue Lake Track, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Faith's Anglican Church.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua road trip website.

Traveling by car from Whitianga to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In November, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Hell's Gate, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 9:
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Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre ©
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre

4
nights
Kerikeri

Kerikeri ©
Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Swim with Dolphins and Christ Church. Appreciate the collections at Masterpieces Art Gallery and Kaan Zamaan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kerikeri: Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery, Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, &more). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, steep yourself in history at The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, and look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kerikeri day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Kerikeri takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Russell, Paihia, Haruru Falls, Te Waimate Mission
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Swim with Dolphins
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tawhiti Museum and New Plymouth Coastal Walkway. Visit Koru Pa and Cape Egmont Lighthouse for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New Plymouth: Mount Taranaki (in Egmont National Park) and Opunake Beach (in Opunake). And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pukekura Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Brooklands Zoo, stroll through Oakura Beach Holiday Park, and kick back and relax at Oakura Beach.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the New Plymouth trip planner.

You can fly from Kerikeri to New Plymouth in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Oakura, Cape Egmont Lighthouse, Mount Taranaki, Opunake Beach, Tawhiti Museum
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 17:
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Tawhiti Museum ©
Tawhiti Museum
Mount Taranaki ©
Mount Taranaki
Cape Egmont Lighthouse ©
Cape Egmont Lighthouse

4
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.
You'll explore and learn at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and Wellington Museum. Get some cultural insight at Wine Tours & Tastings and Old St Paul's. Explore Wellington's surroundings by going to Picton (Queen Charlotte Track & Marlborough Sounds). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay.

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Getting from New Plymouth to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Blenheim, Picton
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 21:
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Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track

3
nights
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hokitika Gorge Walk and Wilderness Gallery. Westland Industrial Heritage Park and Bonz 'N Stonz will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from Hokitika with a short trip to Coal Creek Track in Runanga, about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get outside with Glow Worm Dell, take an in-depth tour of Hokitika Museum, make a trip to Taramakau Road-Rail Bridge, and stop by Westside Rides.

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Traveling by flight from Wellington to Hokitika takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Akaroa.

Things to do in Hokitika

Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Coal Creek Track, Shantytown Heritage Park
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:
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Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach

2
nights
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.
On the 25th (Sun), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in nature's colorful creations at The Giants House, then take in the exciting artwork at Lava, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michaels and All Angels, appreciate the extensive heritage of Crater Rim Walkway, then go for a walk through Banks Peninsula, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Peter's Anglican Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Akaroa online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Hokitika to Akaroa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in November, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Invercargill.

Things to do in Akaroa

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Christchurch
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:
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The Giants House ©
The Giants House
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Demolition World and First Presbyterian Church will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian and Bill Richardson Transport World capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Invercargill: Otautau Gallery (in Otautau), Clifden Caves (in Eastern Bush) and Howells Point Reserve (in Riverton). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Anglican Church, view the masterpieces at City Gallery, and get engrossed in the history at Waikawa Museum and Information Centre.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Akaroa to Invercargill takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Otautau Gallery, Waikawa Museum and Information Centre, Clifden Caves, Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre, Howells Point Reserve
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Bill Richardson Transport World ©
Bill Richardson Transport World
E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian ©
Southland Museum and Art Gallery ©
Southland Museum and Art Gallery

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Queenstown Arts Centre. Explore hidden gems such as Wanaka and Skydiving. On the 2nd (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, and trek along Queenstown Hill.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Invercargill to Queenstown takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Wanaka
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Wanaka ©
Wanaka

6
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Penguin Place and Tunnel Beach Track. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dunedin Botanic Garden and Katiki Point Lighthouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dunedin: Nugget Point Lighthouse (in Ahuriri Flat), Nugget Point/Tokata Walks (in Balclutha) and Moeraki Boulders Beach (in Oamaru). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Church of Otago, get curious at Otago Museum, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, and admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Chinese Garden.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Dunedin tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Dunedin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Dunedin

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Katiki Point Lighthouse, Nugget Point Lighthouse, Nugget Point/Tokata Walks, Iona Church, Waikouaiti Beach
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 10:
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Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track
Katiki Point Lighthouse ©
Katiki Point Lighthouse
Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place

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