32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  20​h
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Wanaka
— 4 nights
Bus:  4​h 45​min
4
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  8​h
6
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Whakapapa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3​h
9
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hollyford Track and Milford Foreshore Walk. Get in touch with nature at Mirror Lakes Walk and Milford sound Hwy. Next up on the itinerary: trek along The Chasm Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Marian Track, and identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

To see photos, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau road trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Te Anau is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 20 hours traveling from Vancouver to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk, Milford sound Hwy
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 5:
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Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Queenstown Trail and Roxburgh Gorge Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Ben Lomond Track and Mt Crichton Loop Track. When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Clutha Gold Trail in Roxburgh, approximately Roxburgh away. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial, have some family-friendly fun at Fear Factory Queenstown, and stroll around Village Green.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown route tool .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to take a 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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Queenstown Trail ©
Queenstown Trail
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Parasailing & Paragliding. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blue Pools Track and Roys Bay Recreational Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Wanaka side-trips: Haast (Gates of Haast, Roaring Billy Falls, &more). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Thunder Creek Falls, learn about winemaking at Aitken's Folly Vineyard, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rob Roy Track, and head outdoors with Oxbow The Adventure Co..

To find other places to visit, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip itinerary app .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Haast, Haast Pass, Fantail Falls
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding
Thunder Creek Falls ©
Thunder Creek Falls

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like West Coast Wildlife Centre and Tatare Tunnels Walk. Get in touch with nature at Franz Josef Glacier and Peters Pool Walk. Explore Fox Glacier's surroundings by going to Franz Josef (Sentinel Rock Walk & Roberts Point Track) and Okarito Lagoon (in Okarito). There's much more to do: stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk, go for a walk through Callery Gorge Walk, have fun at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting, and trek along Minnehaha Walk.

To find photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier tour itinerary builder site .

Take a bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier in 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car 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

2
nights
Kaikoura

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): look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese, hike along Ohau Stream Walk, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Maori Leap Cave, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

To find maps, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read Kaikoura day trip planning tool .

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

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:
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Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream 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.
Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre. Get outdoors at Mount Maunganui Base Track and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, explore the striking landscape of Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, and trek along Blue Lake Track.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kaikoura to Rotorua in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. In November in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Mount Maunganui Base Track
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 22:
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Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre ©

4
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Escape the urban bustle at Taranaki Falls and Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Step off the beaten path and head to Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu and Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Whakapapa by car takes about 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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Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, then delve into the lush surroundings at Yarndley's Bush, then relax in the rural setting at Piopio Berry Orchard, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, Piopio Berry Orchard, Yarndley's Bush
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Yarndley's Bush ©
Yarndley's Bush

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Paihia Harbour and Parasailing & Paragliding. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Anglican Church, and look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop.

For more things to do, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read Paihia trip planning website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

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