32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Te Anau
— 3 nights
2
Queenstown
— 4 nights
3
Wanaka
— 4 nights
4
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
5
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
6
Rotorua
— 3 nights
7
Whakapapa
— 4 nights
8
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
9
Paihia
— 3 nights

3
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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 The Chasm Walk and Milford Sound. Step off the beaten path and head to Hollyford Track and Milford sound Hwy. Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford to see Milford Foreshore Walk about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: trek along Mirror Lakes Walk, explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, and stroll through Lake Gunn.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau online road trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Te Anau is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Te Anau is 20 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk, Milford sound Hwy
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk

4
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Ben Lomond Track and Zipline. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Roxburgh Gorge Trail. Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Clutha Gold Trail in Roxburgh--about 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: trek along Queenstown Trail, stroll through Mt Crichton Loop Track, stroll around Village Green, and get your game on at Fear Factory Queenstown.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Roxburgh
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 9:
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Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Queenstown Trail ©
Queenstown Trail
Fishing Charters & Tours

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Wanaka

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get in touch with nature at Blue Pools Track and Wharekai Te Kou. Venture out of the city with trips to Haast (Gates of Haast & Roaring Billy Falls). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Thunder Creek Falls, do a tasting at Aitken's Folly Vineyard, trek along Rob Roy Track, and stroll through Isthmus Peak Track.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Wanaka trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Haast, Fantail Falls, Haast Pass
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding
Blue Pools Track
Blue Pools Track

3
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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at West Coast Wildlife Centre and Peters Pool Walk. Step out of the city life by going to Tatare Tunnels Walk and Minnehaha Walk. Change things up with these side-trips from Fox Glacier: Franz Josef (Franz Josef Glacier, Sentinel Rock Walk, &more) and Okarito Lagoon (in Okarito). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier South Side Walk, take in the pleasant sights at Callery Gorge Walk, and enjoy some diversion at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, read Fox Glacier tour planning tool.

Take a bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Okarito Lagoon
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:
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Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
West Coast Wildlife Centre ©
West Coast Wildlife Centre
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): stop by Kaikoura Cheese, trek along Ohau Stream Walk, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Maori Leap Cave, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony and then hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura visit site.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Kaikoura in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Waikite Valley Thermal Pools and Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre. Escape the urban bustle at Mount Maunganui Base Track and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, trek along Tikitapu Nature Walk, and stroll through Blue Lake Track.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua driving holiday site.

You can fly from Kaikoura to Rotorua in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Mount Maunganui Base Track, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 22:
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Waikite Valley Thermal Pools ©
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
Get in touch with nature at Taranaki Falls and Te Porere Redoubt. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu and Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead. Change things up with these side-trips from Whakapapa: Tongariro National Park (Horsemtrails & Ohakune Old Coach Road). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, trek along Mounds Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Northern Circuit.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Whakapapa driving holiday site.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Whakapapa takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 26:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): Head underground at Ruakuri Cave and then Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Yarndley's Bush, then experience rural life at Piopio Berry Orchard, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary site.

Drive from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Piopio Berry Orchard, Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, Yarndley's Bush
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
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Footwhistle Glowworm Cave ©
Footwhistle Glowworm Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park ©
Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Haruru Falls. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Paihia Harbour and Scuba & Snorkeling. Take a break from Paihia with a short trip to Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve in Whangarei, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take a memorable tour with Tours, identify plant and animal life at Opua Forest Lookout Track, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Paihia day trip tool.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Paihia by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

St James Anglican Church, Haruru Falls, Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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