43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Paihia
— 3 nights
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Auckland
— 3 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 5 nights
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Taupo
— 5 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Christchurch
— 2 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 5 nights
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Te Anau
— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Tapeka Point Track). Spend a day of island exploring on the 2nd (Fri) at Urupukapuka Island. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, don't miss a visit to KeriKeri New Zealand, take an unforgettable tour with Salt Air, and admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia itinerary planner.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell
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Bay of Islands Kayaking ©
Bay of Islands Kayaking
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Salt Air ©
Salt Air

3
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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, get impressive views of Rangitoto Island, and step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island

2
nights
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 7th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, then Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk. On the next day, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves holiday builder app.

Getting from Auckland to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

5
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and contemplate the long history of Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village.

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Drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Hamilton Gardens, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 13:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens

5
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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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Taupo day trip tool.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Huka Falls
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 18:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

5
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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.
On the 19th (Mon), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 20th (Tue), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. The adventure continues: get a bird's-eye view with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track, and make a trip to Mead's Wall.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 23:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Wellington trip builder app.

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, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally enjoy some diversion at Margaret Mahy Family Playground. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Christchurch online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Wellington in April since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Gillespies Beach, Fox Glacier South Side Walk, &more) and Franz Josef (Glacier Country Kayaks, Franz Josef Glacier, &more).

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) day trip planning app.

Traveling by bus from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow 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
Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 2:
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Glacier Country Kayaks ©
Glacier Country Kayaks
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

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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.
Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Milford sound Hwy). Spend the 3rd (Mon) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 7th (Fri), hike the day away at Kepler Track. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, trek along Lake Marian Track, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau takes 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Lake Marian Track
Find places to stay May 2 — 8:
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown online route planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay May 8 — 12:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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