43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Drive:  3​h
1
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Whangamata
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Putaruru
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Okauia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Rotorua
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Hinuera
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Whakapapa
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Napier
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Wellington
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  7​h 30​min
12
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
13
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
14
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
15
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
16
Lake Tekapo
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Auckland

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.
Visiting Paihia Harbour and Waitangi Golf Club will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and KeriKeri New Zealand. Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Russell) and Byrne Northland Wines (in Kerikeri). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stop by The Cabbage Tree Shop, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip builder .

Auckland to Paihia is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Whangamata.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Whangamata

Whangamata ©
The town of Whangamatā is sited on the southeast coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand. Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway has been added to your itinerary. On the 20th (Fri), trek along Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway, appreciate the views at Wentworth Valley, enjoy the sand and surf at Whangamata Beach, then browse the exhibits of The Little Gallery Whangamata, and finally stroll through Opoutere Surf Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Whangamata road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Paihia to Whangamata takes 5 hours. December in Whangamata sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whangamata

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway
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Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach

2
nights
Putaruru

Putaruru ©
Putāruru is a small town in the Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island. Blue Spring has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): head off the coast to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, make a trip to Dog and Sheep Shaped Corrugated Metal Buildings, look for gifts at Tirau Shell & Jade Factory, then explore the activities along Blue Spring, and finally examine the collection at The New Zealand Timber Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Putaruru online holiday planner .

Drive from Whangamata to Putaruru in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Okauia.

Things to do in Putaruru

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Tirau, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Tirau Shell & Jade Factory ©
Tirau Shell & Jade Factory

1
night
Okauia

Okauia ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wairere Falls. On the 22nd (Sun), hike along Wairere Falls Track and then admire the sheer force of Wairere Falls.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Okauia road trip site .

Okauia is just a short distance from Putaruru. December in Okauia sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Okauia

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Wairere Falls ©
Wairere Falls
Wairere Falls Track ©
Wairere Falls Track

4
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Buried Village of Te Wairoa and Volcanic Hills Winery. Take a break from the city and head to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Te Puia. Change things up with a short trip to Papamoa Beach in Papamoa (about 56 minutes away). There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, contemplate the long history of Government Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

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

You can drive from Okauia to Rotorua in an hour. December in Rotorua sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hinuera.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Papamoa Beach
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

2
nights
Hinuera

Hinuera ©
Hinuera's claim to fame is Hobbiton, the setting for the shires in the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies by New Zealand director Peter Jackson.
Hobbiton Movie Set has been added to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hinuera vacation maker .

You can take a bus from Rotorua to Hinuera in an hour. Another option is to drive. December in Hinuera sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 30th (Mon), you're off toWaitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hinuera

Parks Nature
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Huka Falls ©
Huka Falls

1
night
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 31st (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Waitomo Caves online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Hinuera to Waitomo Caves takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

2
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve and Lava Glass. Take a break from the city and head to Huka Falls Walkway and Craters of the Moon. There's much more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, cool off at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, examine the collection at Taupo Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kinloch Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Taupo trip maker app .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach

4
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Step out of the city life by going to Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Horsemtrails. Taranaki Falls and Tongariro Crossing Shuttles are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Turangi (Tongariro National Trout Centre & River Rafting & Tubing).

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Whakapapa online day trip planner .

Getting from Taupo to Whakapapa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Napier.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, Turangi
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

2
nights
Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 8th (Wed), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then hike along Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk, then do a tasting at Mission Estate Winery, and finally make a trip to Marine Parade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Te Mata Peak and then do a tasting at Church Road Winery Cellar Door & Restaurant.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Napier trip planner .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Napier in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Napier

Tours Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Te Mata Peak, Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Mission Estate Winery ©
Mission Estate Winery

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 10th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally take a stroll through Cuba Street. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oriental Bay, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Wellington trip maker .

You can fly from Napier to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife
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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

2
nights
Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Get outdoors at Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier. Do some cultural sightseeing at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery and River Walk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Franz Josef: Fox Glacier (Minnehaha Walk, Moraine Walk, & more). There's more to do: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour and stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Franz Josef visit planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Franz Josef takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Fox Glacier
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Visiting Hooker Valley Track and Sealy Tarns Track will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, hike along Governors Bush Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kea Point Track, and explore the activities along Lake Pukaki.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village attractions planner .

You can drive from Franz Josef to Mt. Cook Village in 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Pukaki
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

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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.
Get outdoors at Milford Sound and Kepler Track. Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory (in Milford Sound). And it doesn't end there: trek along Hollyford Track, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Te Anau vacation planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Milford Foreshore Walk, Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, Hollyford Track
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Peregrine Wines and Chard Farm Winery. Visit St Peter's Anglican Church and Fallen Soldiers Memorial for their historical value. There's much more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery, and make a trip to One Mile Power House.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown travel route planner.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Queenstown

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
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St Peter's Anglican Church ©
St Peter's Anglican Church
Zipline
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines

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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): look and learn at Geraldine Observatory, look for all kinds of wild species at Gem Alpaca Stud, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Burkes Pass Gallery, then take in the pleasant sights at Mount John University Observatory, then trek along Mount John Summit Circuit Track, and finally explore the activities along Lake Tekapo.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lake Tekapo trip planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Lake Tekapo in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Fairlie, Three Creeks, Geraldine Observatory
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:
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Geraldine Observatory ©
Geraldine Observatory
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo

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