31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Invercargill
— 1 night
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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Wanaka
— 1 night
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Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
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Westport
— 2 nights
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Nelson
— 1 night
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Picton
— Few hours
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Palmerston North
— Few hours
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Napier
— 2 nights
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Taupo
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Cape Reinga
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 1 night
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Hamilton
— 2 nights
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New Plymouth
— 1 night
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Kaikoura
— 1 night
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Christchurch
— 2 nights

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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. On the 2nd (Wed), kick back and relax at Oreti Beach, take in the waterfront at Stead Street Wharf, and then pause for some photo ops at South African War Memorial.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Invercargill holiday planning app.

Christchurch to Invercargill is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Invercargill

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 2:
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Stead Street Wharf ©
Stead Street Wharf

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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, Below Zero Ice Bar, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have some family-friendly fun at CaddyShack City Mini Golf, have some family-friendly fun at iFLY Queenstown, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, then get a taste of local nightlife at Minus 5° ICE BAR, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Below Zero Ice Bar.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Invercargill to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Nature · Nightlife
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 4:
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Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu
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.
On the 5th (Sat), go for a walk through Beacon Point Walk.

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

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Fox Glacier.
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:

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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 see maps and more tourist information, read Fox Glacier online trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. You'll set off for Westport on the 7th (Mon).

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:
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Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk
Peters Pool Walk ©
Peters Pool Walk
Callery Gorge Walk ©
Callery Gorge Walk

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Westport

Westport
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Westport trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Westport by car takes about 4.5 hours. On the 9th (Wed), you're off to Nelson.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 9:

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Nelson

Nelson
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Nelson trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Westport to Nelson by car takes about 4 hours. You will leave for Picton on the 10th (Thu).

Things to do in Nelson

Outdoors · Tours · Wineries
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 10:

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Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre and then identify plant and animal life at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Picton online visit planner.

You can drive from Nelson to Picton in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. June in Picton sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Picton

Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 11:
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Fringe Bar as well as Xcape Wellington. On the 11th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, then test your team's savvy at Xcape Wellington, then learn about all things military at National War Memorial, and finally take in a show at The Fringe Bar.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Wellington online tour planner.

Getting from Picton to Wellington by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Palmerston North.

Things to do in Wellington

Nightlife · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
The Fringe Bar ©
The Fringe Bar
Xcape Wellington ©
Xcape Wellington
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial

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Palmerston North

Palmerston North ©
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Tweeters and Friends Petshop and Parrot Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Dugald MacKenzie rose breeding centre, and then stop by Inspire Me.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Palmerston North trip planner.

Drive from Wellington to Palmerston North in 2 hours. Traveling from Wellington in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Palmerston North, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Napier.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Dugald MacKenzie rose breeding centre ©
Dugald MacKenzie rose breeding centre
Tweeters and Friends Petshop and Parrot Park ©

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): hike along Ahuriri Estuary Walk.

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

Drive from Palmerston North to Napier in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Napier

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Gannet Colony, Cornwall Park
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 14:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Waipahihi Botanical Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, then look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet, then explore the activities along Lake Taupo, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve.

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

Traveling by car from Napier to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Huka Falls, Lake Taupo
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Taupo ©
Lake Taupo
Huka Falls ©
Huka Falls
Waipahihi Botanical Gardens ©
Waipahihi Botanical Gardens

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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 16th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, make a trip to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, then admire the natural beauty at Government Gardens, and finally explore the activities along Lake Rotorua. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Rotokakahi, then take in the dramatic natural features at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua road trip tool.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools ©
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
Fancy Meow Cat Cafe ©
Fancy Meow Cat Cafe
Lake Rotorua ©
Lake Rotorua

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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Westhaven Promenade and then step off the mainland to explore Motutapu Island.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland day trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Auckland. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
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. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): kick back and relax at Tapotupotu Beach. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Cape Reinga Lighthouse and then take in the dramatic natural features at Te Paki Sand Dunes.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Cape Reinga itinerary site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Auckland to Cape Reinga. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Te Paki Sand Dunes
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Te Paki Sand Dunes ©
Te Paki Sand Dunes
Cape Reinga Lighthouse ©
Cape Reinga Lighthouse

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Auckland

Auckland ©
On the 22nd (Tue), kick back and relax at Takapuna Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cape Reinga to Auckland. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 23:
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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.
On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Classics Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Taitua Arboretum, then examine the collection at Waikato Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ngaroto.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hamilton online route planner.

Drive from Auckland to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Taitua Arboretum ©
Taitua Arboretum
Room Escape Games
Classics Museum ©
Classics Museum

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the New Plymouth trip builder app.

Drive from Hamilton to New Plymouth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Pukeiti ©
Pukeiti

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Wellington

Wellington ©
For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from New Plymouth to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
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 find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kaikoura trip itinerary planning site.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Wellington to Kaikoura in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Kaikoura Museum ©
Kaikoura Museum
Kaikoura Cheese ©
Kaikoura Cheese

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture, walk around Riccarton House & Bush, then take in the dramatic natural features at Godley Head, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michaels and All Angels, and finally pause for some photo ops at Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial.

Before you visit Christchurch, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Kaikoura to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in June, and nighttime lows around 2°C. You will leave for home on the 1st (Thu).

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 1:
Highlights from your plan
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush
Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial ©
Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial
Godley Head ©
Godley Head

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