31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Bangkok
Fly + Bus:  19 h 30 min
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
4
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
9
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
10
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Bangkok

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.
When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, approximately Milford away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hollyford Track, and look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau travel planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Te Anau is an approximately 20.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Bangkok to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown road trip app.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hooker Valley Track (in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)) and Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Gillespies Beach, hike along Mount Fox Route, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip planning app.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hooker Valley Track, Franz Josef Glacier
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

2
nights
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 13th (Fri): catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train and then see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ohinetahi Garden.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Christchurch using our trip planner.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Christchurch by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Parks

Side Trip

Ohinetahi Garden
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

2
nights
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 15th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, then contemplate the long history of Kotuku School Memorial, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington attractions planning website.

Fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Christchurch in March since evenings lows in Wellington dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotuku School Memorial, Wellington Botanic Garden
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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

3
nights
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.
Explore Whakapapa's surroundings by going to Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial (in Ohakune), River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi) and Ohakune Old Coach Road (in Tongariro National Park). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, and trek along Silica Rapids Track.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa road trip planner.

You can drive from Wellington to Whakapapa in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

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.
On the 20th (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. On your second day here, take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, then experience rural life at Roselands Farm Park, then get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally Head underground at Caveworld.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

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

4
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Maori Rock Carvings, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and contemplate the long history of Te Puia.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. March in Rotorua sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, contemplate the long history of KeriKeri New Zealand, pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Anglican Church, and identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paihia trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Rotorua to Paihia by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Haruru Falls
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, get a taste of the local shopping with Devonport, meet the residents at Auckland Zoo, and brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planner.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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