31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  19 h 30 min
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h 15 min
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
10
Paihia
— 5 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Hong Kong

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary builder.

Hong Kong, China to Te Anau is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hong Kong to Te Anau is 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

3
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: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, stop by Amisfield Cellar Door, don't miss a visit to Fallen Soldiers Memorial, and take in the awesome beauty at Coronet Peak.

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Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

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.
Step out of Fox Glacier with an excursion to Franz Josef Glacier in Franz Josef--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Mount Fox Route, tour the pleasant surroundings at Minnehaha Walk, take in the pleasant sights at River Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier trip planner.

Drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Mount Fox Route ©
Mount Fox Route
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mt. Cook Village: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Hooker Valley Track, Glencoe Walk, &more). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman, stroll through Red Tarns Track, and hike along Mueller Hut Route.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village tour planner.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

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 (Wed): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, thenadmire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, thencatch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, head outdoors with Great Alpine Highway, and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Wellington. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in July, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Wellington Botanic Garden, Great Alpine Highway
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, &more). There's lots more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, and stop by Souvenir Outlet.

To find out how to plan a trip to Taupo, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Wellington to Taupo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

3
nights
Whakapapa

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Whakapapa: Tongariro National Park (Horsemtrails & Ohakune Old Coach Road). There's much more to do: hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track, and explore the activities along Tama Lakes.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Whakapapa planner.

Drive from Taupo to Whakapapa in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

2
nights
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.
On the 23rd (Thu), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, trek along Ruakuri Walk, thenrelax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Caveworld, Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, thenexperience rural life at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, and finally head off the coast to Kapiti Island.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves tour planner.

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, Kapiti Island
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Devonport, examine the collection at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo, enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland road trip app.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Auckland are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

5
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.
Take a break from Paihia with a short trip to Tapeka Point Track in Russell, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, make a trip to KeriKeri New Zealand, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Anglican Church.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Paihia trip builder website.

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Tapeka Point Track, Haruru Falls
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Parasailing & Paragliding
Spas

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