30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paihia
— 3 nights
2
Auckland
— 1 night
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
5
Taupo
— 3 nights
6
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
7
Wellington
— 1 night
8
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
9
Te Anau
— 3 nights
10
Queenstown
— 7 nights

3
nights
Paihia

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.
Spend a day of island exploring on the 9th (Tue) at Urupukapuka Island. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, get interesting insight from Tours, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip itinerary maker website.

New Delhi, India to Paihia is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 6.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Byrne Northland Wines
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, thenstop by Pauanesia, and finally don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Auckland planning site.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. February in Auckland sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Wineries Tours
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, thenHead underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip planning tool.

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

3
nights
Rotorua

Rotorua ©
Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Take a break from Rotorua with a short trip to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, trek along Blue Lake Track, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua day trip website.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Rotorua are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take in the natural beauty of Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo route builder site.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Lake Taupo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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 18th (Thu), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 19th (Fri), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall, hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track.

Make your Tongariro National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Silica Rapids Track ©
Silica Rapids Track

1
night
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 21st (Sun): identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, thenadmire the striking features of Old St Paul's, thencatch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Wellington trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February, daytime highs in Wellington are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wellington

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, Helicopter Tours, &more) and Franz Josef (Sentinel Rock Walk & Franz Josef Glacier).

Plan my day in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Wellington to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Bowen Falls about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, stroll through The Chasm Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip builder tool.

You can take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bowen Falls
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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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.
On the 2nd (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. The adventure continues: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, and see Off-Road Tours.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Queenstown online itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

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