49 days in New Zealand Itinerary

49 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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49 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sundsvall
Fly + Drive:  37​h
1
Waiheke Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Te Anau
— 5 nights
bus:  6​h 30​min
3
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Queenstown
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Wellington
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Rotorua
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
8
Paihia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Auckland
— 9 nights
Fly:  36​h
End: Sundsvall

3
nights
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.
Head to Rangihoua Estate and Christine The Artist Goldsmithfor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Stonyridge Vineyard and Obsidian Vineyard. Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about winemaking at Mudbrick Vineyard, explore the world behind art at Connells Bay Sculpture Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Stony Batter.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Waiheke Island trip maker website .

Sundsvall, Sweden to Waiheke Island is an approximately 37-hour flight. Traveling from Sundsvall to Waiheke Island, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Sundsvall in November: high temperatures in Waiheke Island hover around 22°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Wineries Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 30:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Stonyridge Vineyard ©
Stonyridge Vineyard
Connells Bay Sculpture Park ©
Connells Bay Sculpture Park

5
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.
Visiting Doubtful Sound and Hollyford Track will get you outdoors. On the 3rd (Mon), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. On the 5th (Wed), hike the day away at Kepler Track. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, trek along The Chasm Walk, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Te Anau trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Waiheke Island to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Routeburn Track, Hollyford Track
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 6:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

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.
Visiting Gillespies Beach and Fox Glacier Hiking Trails will get you outdoors. Step out of Fox Glacier to go to Mt. Cook Village and see Aoraki/Mt. Cook, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier, explore the activities along Lake Matheson Walk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and trek along Mount Fox Route.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Fox Glacier by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

5
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 in touch with nature at Speed Boats Tours and The Remarkables Ski Area. Head to The Barn and Remarkables Marketfor plenty of shopping. On the 14th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Coronet Peak. There's lots more to do: stop by The Bead Shop, get a taste of the local shopping with Silver Fern Gallery, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:
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Speed Boats Tours
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

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.
Head to The Weta Cave and The Chocolate Storyfor plenty of shopping. Get in touch with nature at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary and Great Alpine Highway. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), take a stroll through Cuba Street District, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Wellington online trip builder .

Getting from Queenstown to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Tours Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

The Chocolate Story, Great Alpine Highway
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

5
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Taranaki Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Horsemtrails and Tongariro Northern Circuit. There's much more to do: trek along Rotopounamu Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, explore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt, and admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park attractions planner.

You can drive from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

5
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary and Huka Falls tracks. Do your shopping at Huka Honey Hive and Aotea Gifts Rotorua. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Taupo (L'Arte & Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, identify plant and animal life at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rotorua tour planner.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In December, daytime highs in Rotorua are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery. Get outdoors at Paihia Harbour and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Russell (Newport Chocolates & Christ Church) and Blue River Orchard (in Kerikeri). The adventure continues: stop by The Cabbage Tree Shop, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Auckland Central.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri, Waitangi Mountain Bike Park
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling

9
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Auckland Museum and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Visit Piha Beach and Whangapoua Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Auckland Central: Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth), New Chums Beach (in Whangapoua) and Orewa Beach (in Orewa). There's still lots to do: stop by Pauanesia, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo, browse the eclectic array of goods at Otara Market, and explore the activities along Devonport.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland Central day trip planning app .

Getting from Paihia to Auckland Central by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Auckland Central are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Whangapoua, Tawharanui Regional Park, Devonport Chocolates, Woodzone - NZ Made Woodware and Furniture Shop, Orewa Beach
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park

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