33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 2 nights
2
Paihia
— 3 nights
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
4
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
5
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
6
Wellington
— 2 nights
7
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
8
Queenstown
— 3 nights
9
Te Anau
— 8 nights

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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo, enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

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Cardiff, UK to Auckland is an approximately 29-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cardiff to Auckland is 12 hours. Traveling from Cardiff in December, expect nights in Auckland to be much hotter, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

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

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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and don't miss a visit to KeriKeri New Zealand.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Paihia attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Haruru Falls
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & Huka Falls Walkway). There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, stroll through Lake Okareka Walkway, and take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rotorua are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

2
nights
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 16th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thenHead underground at Ruakuri Cave, thenlet the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, thenrelax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, thenhead outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Nature
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whakapapa: Horsemtrails (in Tongariro National Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi). There's lots more to do: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, go for a walk through Mead's Wall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track, and admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Whakapapa trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

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 21st (Sat), take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, thensteep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, get outside with Great Alpine Highway, and then look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Wellington itinerary builder.

You can drive from Whakapapa to Wellington in 4.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Wellington are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Great Alpine Highway, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fox Glacier: Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Hooker Valley Track, Kea Point Track, &more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Fox Glacier sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Fox Glacier takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns 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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown online route planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Breweries & Distilleries
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

8
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Te Anau: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Pops View Look Out). There's lots more to do: trek along Hollyford Track, explore the activities along Ivan Wilson Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau tour itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Hollyford Track, Routeburn Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 6:
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

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