40 days in New Zealand Itinerary

40 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Paihia
— 4 nights
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Rotorua
— 5 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
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Taupo
— 5 nights
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 5 nights
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Te Anau
— 7 nights
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Queenstown
— 4 nights

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Christ Church are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Pompallier Mission and Printery and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station. Venture out of the city with trips to Tapeka Point Track (in Russell), Ocean Beach (in Whangarei Heads) and Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve (in Whangarei). And it doesn't end there: paddle through the water with Bay of Islands Kayaking, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, relax in the rural setting at Blue River Orchard, and contemplate the long history of Kororipo Heritage Park.

Discover how to plan a Paihia trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Queenstown to Paihia is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Ocean Beach, Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve, Blue River Orchard
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Bay of Islands Kayaking ©
Bay of Islands Kayaking
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands

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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.
Te Puia and Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Zipline. Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Maunganui Summit Track (in Mount Maunganui) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, hike along Okere Falls Track, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua day trip site.

Getting from Paihia to Rotorua by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Okere Falls, Hobbiton Movie Set, Mount Maunganui Summit Track
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Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk.

Before you visit Waitomo Caves, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit. Get in touch with nature at Horsemtrails and Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ohakune Old Coach Road, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, stroll through Whakapapa Nature Walk, and trek along Silica Rapids Track.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park road trip website.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 17:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

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Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Visiting Huka Falls Walkway and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours will get you outdoors. Taupo Museum and Tukairangi Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, explore the landscape on two wheels at Great Lake Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls, and explore the striking landscape at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo attractions planner.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Huka Falls
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 22:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, then identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, and finally learn about winemaking at Te Aro Wine. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington day trip planning website.

Fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

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
ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Get outdoors at Franz Josef Glacier and Hooker Valley Track. Explore Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)'s surroundings by going to Fox Glacier (Lake Matheson Walk, Gillespies Beach, &more) and Franz Josef (Glacier Country Kayaks & Sentinel Rock Walk).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) vacation planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough 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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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Milford Sound and Hollyford Track. Change things up with these side-trips from Te Anau: Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Milford sound Hwy). On the 2nd (Sun), hike the day away at Kepler Track. Next up on the itinerary: cast your line with Fiordland Outdoors Co., explore the landscape on two wheels at Lake 2 Lake Trail, trek along Gertrude Saddle, and explore the activities along Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau by bus takes about 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Escape the urban bustle at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Zipline. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Peregrine Wines and Kawarau Suspension Bridge. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Kawarau Suspension Bridge
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Zipline
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

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