31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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.
Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford and see Milford Foreshore Walk, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip planner .

Bangkok, Thailand to Te Anau is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Te Anau is 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to 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, wildlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown online driving holiday planner .

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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.
Fox Glacier is known for nature, trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hooker Valley Track, trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier, and take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier journey planner .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Fox Glacier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef Glacier, Hooker Valley Track
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train and then see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and finally admire the natural beauty at Ohinetahi Garden.

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Drive from Fox Glacier to Christchurch in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Christchurch are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Parks

Side Trip

Ohinetahi Garden
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then contemplate the long history of Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, then steep yourself in history at Kotuku School Memorial, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip website .

Getting from Christchurch to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Wellington, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Wellington Botanic Garden, Kotuku School Memorial
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:
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Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

3
nights
Whakapapa

Change things up with these side-trips from Whakapapa: Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial (in Ohakune) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi).

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Whakapapa travel route planning site .

Traveling by car from Wellington to Whakapapa takes 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, River Rafting & Tubing, Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 19:
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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), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, admire the sheer force of Marokopa Falls Walk, then experience rural life at Roselands Farm Park, then head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally Head underground at Caveworld.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip planning app .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves in 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 Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Taupo (Maori Rock Carvings, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, and admire all the interesting features of Te Puia.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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 parks, wildlife, nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Parks

Side Trip

Kerikeri
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

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, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Auckland trip planner .

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. March in Auckland sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

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

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