30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 1 night
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
3
Rotorua
— 6 nights
4
Taupo
— 2 nights
5
Christchurch
— 2 nights
6
Akaroa
— 1 night
7
Lake Tekapo
— 4 nights
8
Cardrona
— 3 nights
9
Queenstown
— 2 nights
10
Te Anau
— 3 nights
11
Milford Sound
— 2 nights

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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.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Auckland is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in August, with highs in Auckland at 14°C and lows at 14°C. On the 25th (Sun), you'll travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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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.
Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours has been added to your itinerary. On the 25th (Sun), surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours and then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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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.
Step out of Rotorua with an excursion to Huka Falls Walkway in Taupo--about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: putt your heart out at Lumberjax Mini Golf.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Rotorua trip planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Rotorua are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. You'll set off for Taupo on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Rotorua

Trails · Fun & Games · Nature

Side Trip

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

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Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 1st (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at L'Arte. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo online visit planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Christchurch.

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

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 4th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then 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.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch road trip app.

You can fly from Taupo to Christchurch in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car 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

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Akaroa Dolphins. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): get interesting insight from Akaroa Dolphins.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Akaroa trip planning app.

You can drive from Christchurch to Akaroa in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Akaroa

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Akaroa Dolphins ©
Akaroa Dolphins

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hooker Valley Track as well as Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre. Explore Lake Tekapo's surroundings by going to Glencoe Walk (in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)) and Mt. Cook Village (Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre & Aoraki/Mt. Cook). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd, and tour by night with Dark Sky Project.

Planning Lake Tekapo trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Akaroa to Lake Tekapo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cardrona.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre ©
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo

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Cardrona

Cardrona ©
On the 11th (Wed), trek 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, then look for gifts at The Remarkable Sweet Shop - Arrowtown Shop, then stop by The Arrowtown Jade & Opal Factory, and finally stop by Dudley's Cottage Arrowtown.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cardrona trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Cardrona takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive 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

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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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, experience rural life at Ben Lomond Lavender, enjoy some diversion at Break One, and take in the awesome beauty at The Remarkables Ski Area.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip builder site.

Drive from Cardrona to Queenstown in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for the bus ride to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Winter Sports · Nature · Outdoors
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Break One ©
Break One

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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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Milford Sound and stroll through The Chasm Walk.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Te Anau route planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. You will leave for Milford Sound on the 18th (Wed).

Things to do in Te Anau

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

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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): trek along Hollyford Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Homer Tunnel.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Milford Sound driving holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Milford Sound with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Homer Tunnel ©
Homer Tunnel

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