30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Rotorua
— 6 nights
Bus:  1​h
4
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Akaroa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Lake Tekapo
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Cardrona
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
10
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Milford Sound
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
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.
For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Auckland Central holiday planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Auckland Central is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 4 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in August: high temperatures in Auckland Central hover around 13°C and lows are around 13°C. On the 25th (Sun), you're off toWaitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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1
night
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.
You've now added Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves online road trip planner .

Getting from Auckland Central to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

6
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.
Take a break from Rotorua with a short trip to Huka Falls tracks in Taupo, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: try for a hole-in-one at Lumberjax Mini Golf.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in August, and nighttime lows around 7°C. On the 1st (Sun), you're off toTaupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Trails Fun & Games Parks

Side Trip

Huka Falls Walkway
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Lumberjax Mini Golf ©
Lumberjax Mini Golf

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Skydive Taupo. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stroll through Huka Prawn Park, then push the limits with Skydive Taupo, and then get a taste of the local shopping with L'Arte. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Taupo trip maker tool .

Getting from Milford Sound to Taupo by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro Alpine Crossing
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Craters of the Moon ©
Craters of the Moon
L'Arte ©
L'Arte

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 11th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch attractions planner.

Getting from Taupo to Christchurch by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In September, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Akaroa.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

1
night
Akaroa

Akaroa ©
The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
You've now added Akaroa Dolphins to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Akaroa Dolphins.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Akaroa online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Christchurch to Akaroa in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September in Akaroa, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Akaroa

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Akaroa Dolphins ©
Akaroa Dolphins

4
nights
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hooker Valley Track as well as Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park DOC Visitor Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Lake Tekapo: Mt. Cook Village (Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre & Aoraki/Mt. Cook). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Tekapo, trek along Glencoe Walk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Good Shepherd, and browse the exhibits of Earth and Sky.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lake Tekapo day trip site .

You can drive from Akaroa to Lake Tekapo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cardrona.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo

3
nights
Cardrona

Cardrona ©
Cardrona is the name of a locality in the Cardrona Valley in New Zealand, with the nearby skifield of Cardrona Alpine Resort and Mount Cardrona also using the same name. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): hike along Tobins Track, then admire the verdant scenery at Cardrona Bra Fence, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cardrona Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door, stop by The Remarkable Sweet Shop - Arrowtown Shop, stop by The Arrowtown Jade & Opal Factory, then shop like a local with Dudley's Cottage Arrowtown, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Cardrona online day trip planner .

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Cardrona in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Cardrona

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door
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Cardrona Bra Fence ©
Cardrona Bra Fence
Cardrona Distillery ©
Cardrona Distillery
Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door ©
Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door

2
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, spas, parks, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, hit the slopes at The Remarkables Ski Area, experience rural life at Ben Lomond Lavender, and have fun at Break One Clay Target Shooting.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner .

You can drive from Te Anau to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 16th (Mon), you're off toAkaroa.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Break One ©
Break One

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.
Te Anau is known for nature, trails, nightlife, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound and stroll through The Chasm Walk.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Te Anau in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 12th (Thu), you're off toQueenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

2
nights
Milford Sound

Milford Sound ©
Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): stroll through Hollyford Track. On the next day, make a trip to Homer Tunnel.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Milford Sound route website .

Getting from Te Anau to Milford Sound by bus takes about 3.5 hours. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Homer Tunnel ©
Homer Tunnel

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