30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  27​h
1
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
9
Auckland
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: New York City

2
nights
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.
Paihia is known for parks, wildlife, nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, and admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church.

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New York City, USA to Paihia is an approximately 27-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from New York City to Paihia, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Kororipo Pa Historic Walk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rotorua (Te Puia, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls tracks, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, stroll through Huka Prawn Park, and view the masterpieces at L'Arte.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Taupo trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Taupo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 9th (Tue), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 11th (Thu), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohakune Old Coach Road, go for a walk through Mead's Wall, and take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park vacation planner .

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

2
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 12th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa). On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Parliament Buildings, then identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, and finally see the interesting displays at The One Room Fan Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Wellington trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, daytime highs in Wellington are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, and admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Garden.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner .

Getting from Wellington to Queenstown by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu
Adrenaline & Extreme 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 18th (Thu), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, trek along The Chasm Walk, stroll through Lake Gunn, and look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound.

Plan my day in Te Anau using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Gunn, Routeburn Track
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track

2
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Mt. Cook Village is known for childrens museums, wildlife, outdoors, trails, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, hike along Glencoe Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mueller Hut Route, and hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village road trip planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

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.
Fox Glacier is known for nature, trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and stroll through Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk.

To plan Fox Glacier vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

4
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.
When in Auckland, make a side trip to see The Lost Spring in Whitianga, approximately 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower, head off the coast to Waiheke Island, hunt for treasures at Otara Market, and stop by Pauanesia.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Auckland travel route planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fox Glacier to Auckland takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cheltenham Beach, The Lost Spring
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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