30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Bus to Hokitika i-SITE, Fly to Auckland
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Auckland
— 4 nights
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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 get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife 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 · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:

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Taupo

Great Cloak of Tia

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 6 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 · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 8:

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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 take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 11:

2
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Wellington

Harbour Capital

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, 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. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, 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 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 · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:

3
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Queenstown

Shallow Bay

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 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry 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

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:

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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 · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:

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Mt. Cook Village

Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Step out of Mt. Cook Village to go to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) and see Hooker Valley Track, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, trek along Mueller Hut Route, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, and hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

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 · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:

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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 trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk, trek along Mount Fox Route, go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk, and look for gifts at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip planner.

Getting from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier by car takes about 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:

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Auckland

City of Sails

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 45 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 66°F, while nighttime lows are 66°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 · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 30:

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.