30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand visit planner

This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

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 + Bus:  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 wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paihia driving holiday site.

New York City, USA to Paihia is an approximately 27- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or 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 Trips

Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, Haruru Falls
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Fishing Charters & Tours

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: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, take in the exciting artwork at L'Arte, and stop by Huka Honey Hive.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Taupo trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Paihia to Taupo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. 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
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Maori Rock Carvings ©
Maori Rock Carvings
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 Taranaki Falls, take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall, and admire all the interesting features of Ohakune Old Coach Road.

To find photos, reviews, 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 do a combination of shuttle 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

Parks Trails Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

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, 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 Sanctuary, and finally see the interesting displays at The One Room Fan Museum.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington online holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a 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
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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 interesting insight from Tours, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, view the masterpieces at Silver Fern Gallery, and admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown day trip planner.

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

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Speed Boats 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. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, hike along Lake Gunn, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Te Anau online journey planner.

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

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Routeburn Track, Lake Gunn
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

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.

For ratings, other places to visit, 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:
Highlights from your plan
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Franz Josef Glacier in Franz Josef (about 32 minutes away). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, stroll through Minnehaha Walk, hike along Peters Pool Walk, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, 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

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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 30 min away). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, and hunt for treasures at Otara Market.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Auckland day trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Fox Glacier to Auckland in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

The Lost Spring, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
The Lost Spring ©
The Lost Spring
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre

Similar Plans

32 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 31 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 32 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems Preferences: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 33 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 31 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 31 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, relaxing, beaches, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: May, culture, relaxing, beaches Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 31 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems Preferences: October, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 39 days in Australia & New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 14 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM OMAN May, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: May, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 9 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 31 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA June, outdoors, relaxing, shopping, popular sights Preferences: June, outdoors, relaxing, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 47 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems Preferences: September, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced
See more plans