31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly + bus:  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, nightlife, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Milford Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gertrude Saddle, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, and appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip builder site .

Hong Kong, China to Te Anau is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Hong Kong to Te Anau due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

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, wildlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, push the limits with an extreme tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coronet Peak, and steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Queenstown online trip itinerary maker .

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
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.
Fox Glacier is known for nature, trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier, hike along Minnehaha Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip app .

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car 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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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Mount Fox Route ©
Mount Fox Route

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Mt. Cook Village is known for childrens museums, wildlife, outdoors, trails, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman, hike along Hooker Valley Track, and stroll through Mueller Hut Route.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village attractions planner .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

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.
On the 15th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, then get outside with Great Alpine Highway, and then get great views at Mount Victoria.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington online trip maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Wellington. In July, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Alpine Highway, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taupo: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, & more). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, laugh and play at Huka Prawn Park, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and stop by Souvenir Outlet.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Taupo trip planner .

You can fly from Wellington to Taupo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can 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
Zipline

3
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Whakapapa is known for winter sports, nature, trails, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing, explore the activities along Tama Lakes, hike along Silica Rapids Track, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Ohakune Old Coach Road.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Whakapapa day trip tool .

Getting from Taupo to Whakapapa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then trek along Ruakuri Walk, then relax 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, explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then relax in the rural setting at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, and finally head off the coast to Kapiti Island.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip website .

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

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, Kapiti Island
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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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.
On the 25th (Sat), explore the activities along Devonport, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then make a trip to Sky Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo, then enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

Before you visit Auckland, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. July in Auckland sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 13°C at night. 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 War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tapeka Point Track in Russell (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Anglican Church.

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

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; 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
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 31:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas
Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club

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