51 days in New Zealand Itinerary

51 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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51 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 26 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Wellington
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Abel Tasman National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Westport
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Franz Josef
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 30​min
6
Wanaka
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 30​min
7
Te Anau
— 3 nights
8
Dunedin
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Auckland

26
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Warkworth (Tawharanui Regional Park, Parry Kauri Park, & more), Thames (RAPAURA Watergardens & Thames School of Mines and Mineralogical Museum) and Matakana (Sculptureum, Matakana Village, & more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Sky Tower, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island, and contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Auckland sightseeing planner.

If you are flying in from Netherlands, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In February, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Auckland Region, Matakana, Warkworth, Piha
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then contemplate the long history of Wellington Cable Car, then get great views at Mount Victoria, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Wellington day trip planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Auckland in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Wellington, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

3
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.
Step out of Abel Tasman National Park to go to Puponga and see Wharariki Beach Walking Track, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: trek along Abel Tasman Coast Track, Head underground at Ngarua Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rawhiti Cave Track, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiteriteri Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Abel Tasman National Park online trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wellington to Abel Tasman National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Westport.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Rawhiti Cave Track, Kaiteriteri Beach, Wharariki Beach Walking Track, Ngarua Caves, Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs)
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Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Kayaking & Canoeing
Wainui Falls Track ©
Wainui Falls Track

3
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at The Old Ghost Road and then trek along Truman Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Charming Creek Walkway, trek along Pororari River Track, then take in the dramatic natural features at Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Foulwind Walkway.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Westport travel route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Abel Tasman National Park to Westport. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Westport

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Punakaiki, Charming Creek Walkway
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The Old Ghost Road ©
The Old Ghost Road
Truman Track ©
Truman Track
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk

3
nights
Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Step out of Franz Josef to go to Fox Glacier and see Gillespies Beach, which is approximately 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, trek along Hooker Valley Track, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Franz Josef trip planner .

Drive from Westport to Franz Josef in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Hooker Valley Track
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours and then explore the activities along Lake Wanaka. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from The Neck and then trek along Roys Peak Track.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Wanaka trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by bus from Franz Josef to Wanaka takes 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
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.
On the 21st (Sat), hike along The Chasm Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, and then explore the activities along Lake Gunn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves and then explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau road trip website .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Te Anau in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): hike along Tunnel Beach Track, identify plant and animal life at The Royal Albatross Centre, then step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Botanic Garden. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to The World's Steepest Street, learn more about the world around you at Otago Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Otago Peninsula.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dunedin online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Dunedin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Nature
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The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens

3
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral, let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip maker site .

You can drive from Dunedin to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In March in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Museums

Side Trips

Little River Gallery, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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