40 days in New Zealand Itinerary

40 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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40 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Albuquerque
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Whitianga
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Kerikeri
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
New Plymouth
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Wellington
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Hokitika
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Akaroa
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Invercargill
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Dunedin
— 6 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  27​h
End: Albuquerque

2
nights
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Get some cultural insight at Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity and The Little Gallery. Get in touch with nature at The Lost Spring and Hot Water Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whitianga: Mount Paku (in Tairua), Hahei Beach Walk (in Hahei) and Whangamata Beach (in Whangamata). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Whangapoua Beach and identify plant and animal life at Mill Creek Bird & Animal Encounters.

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Albuquerque, USA to Whitianga is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Albuquerque to Whitianga is 19 hours. In November, Whitianga is somewhat warmer than Albuquerque - with highs of 66°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tairua, Whangamata Beach, Hahei Beach Walk, Whangapoua Beach, Hot Water Beach
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The Lost Spring ©
The Lost Spring
Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach
Whangapoua Beach ©
Whangapoua Beach

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Buried Village of Te Wairoa and St. Faith's Anglican Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rotorua Museum and Government Gardens. When in Rotorua, make a side trip to see Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool in Wai-O-Tapu, approximately 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, experience rural life at Agrodome, and identify plant and animal life at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua route tool .

Drive from Whitianga to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Hells Gate
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Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park ©
Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
River Rafting & Tubing

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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pompallier Mission and Printery and Te Waimate Mission. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station and Christ Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Kerikeri: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Tutukaka) and Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve (in Russell). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, take a memorable tour with Tours, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and hike along Tapeka Point Track.

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

You can fly from Rotorua to Kerikeri in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Paihia, Russell, Scuba & Snorkeling, Te Waimate Mission
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tawhiti Museum and Real Tart Gallery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pukekura Park and New Plymouth Coastal Walkway. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape Egmont Lighthouse (in Pungarehu), Mount Taranaki (in Egmont National Park) and Opunake Beach (in Opunake). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Oakura Beach, stroll through Back Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Brooklands Zoo, and take in the history at Koru Pa.

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Getting from Kerikeri to New Plymouth by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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 Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and Wellington Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Queen Charlotte Track and Oriental Bay. Get out of town with these interesting Wellington side-trips: Marlborough Sounds (in Picton) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Blenheim). There's more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip planner .

You can fly from New Plymouth to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 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

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

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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hokitika Gorge Walk and Hokitika Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shantytown Heritage Park and Hokitika Craft Gallery Co-op. Step out of Hokitika to go to Runanga and see Coal Creek Track, which is approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe, tour the water at your own pace with West Coast Scenic Waterways, trek along Tunnel Terrace Walk, and examine the collection at Westland Industrial Heritage Park.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hokitika trip planner .

You can fly from Wellington to Hokitika in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Akaroa.

Things to do in Hokitika

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shantytown Heritage Park, Coal Creek Track
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:
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Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
West Coast Scenic Waterways ©
West Coast Scenic Waterways

2
nights
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 25th (Sun): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, don't miss a visit to The Giant's House, then take in the exciting artwork at Lava gallery, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michaels and All Angels, explore and take pictures at Crater Rim Walkway, then take in the pleasant sights at Banks Peninsula, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Peter's Anglican Church.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Akaroa trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Hokitika to Akaroa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in November, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Invercargill.

Things to do in Akaroa

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian and Waikawa Museum and Information Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Bill Richardson Transport World and Otautau Gallery. When in Invercargill, make a side trip to see Howells Point Reserve in Riverton, approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Southland Museum and Art Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with City Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Church, and examine the collection at Classic Motorcycle Mecca.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Invercargill trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Akaroa to Invercargill. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Southland Region, Howells Point Reserve, Waikawa Museum and Information Centre, Otautau Gallery
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:
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Bill Richardson Transport World ©
Bill Richardson Transport World
Southland Museum and Art Gallery ©
Southland Museum and Art Gallery

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Skydiving and Coronet Peak. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Queenstown Arts Centre. Go for a jaunt from Queenstown to Wanaka to see Wanaka about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Queenstown Hill, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get your game on at Dark Ride, and head outdoors with Arrowtown Village.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Invercargill to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Wanaka
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:
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Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Olveston Historic Home and Otago Museum. Get some cultural insight at Nugget Point/Tokata Walks and First Church of Otago. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dunedin: Moeraki Boulders (in Oamaru), Nugget Point Lighthouse (in Millers Flat) and Moeraki (Katiki Point Lighthouse & Moeraki Boulders). Spend the 6th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Waikouaiti Beach, examine the collection at Otago Art Society, take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Chinese Garden, and trek along Tunnel Beach Track.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Dunedin trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Dunedin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Dunedin

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Moeraki, Nugget Point Lighthouse, Waikouaiti Beach, Iona Church, Moeraki Boulders
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Olveston Historic Home ©
Olveston Historic Home
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum

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