30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paihia
— 2 nights
2
Taupo
— 3 nights
3
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
4
Wellington
— 2 nights
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
6
Te Anau
— 3 nights
7
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
8
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
9
Auckland
— 4 nights

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 wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia travel planner.

New York City, USA to Paihia is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, Haruru Falls
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Parasailing & Paragliding

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Rotorua (Te Puia, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stop by Huka Honey Hive.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Taupo trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Paihia to Taupo in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive 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. There's still lots to do: stroll through Ohakune Old Coach Road, take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall, and trek along Taranaki Falls.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
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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): take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, thenget engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, thenponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, and finally see the interesting displays at The One Room Fan Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington online holiday planner.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, daytime highs in Wellington are °F, while nighttime lows are °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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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, don't miss a visit to St Peter's Anglican Church, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip app.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu

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. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn, and trek along The Chasm Walk.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Gunn, Routeburn Track
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:
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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.
Explore Mt. Cook Village's surroundings by going to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Glencoe Walk, Hooker Valley Track, &more). There's lots more to do: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mueller Hut Route, and trek along Governors Bush Walk.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village road trip planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Franz Josef Glacier in Franz Josef (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk, explore the galleries of ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, and take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk.

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

Drive from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Helicopter Tours

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.
Change things up with a short trip to The Lost Spring in Whitianga (about 2h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, look for gifts at Pauanesia, head off the coast to Waiheke Island, and get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fox Glacier to Auckland takes 9.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Auckland are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cheltenham Beach, The Lost Spring
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 30:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
The Lost Spring ©
The Lost Spring

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