33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
train + Fly:  30​h
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Paihia
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Wellington
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h 15​min
7
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Queenstown
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
9
Te Anau
— 8 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Cardiff

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, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip itinerary maker site .

Cardiff, UK to Auckland is an approximately 30-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 12 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cardiff in December: highs in Auckland hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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 parks, wildlife, nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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Drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Parks

Side Trip

Kerikeri
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & Huka Falls Walkway) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, make a trip to Te Puia, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Marokopa Falls Walk, then experience rural life at Roselands Farm Park, then get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally Head underground at Caveworld.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: 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
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

3
nights
Whakapapa

Go for a jaunt from Whakapapa to Turangi to see River Rafting & Tubing about 34 minutes away.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Whakapapa road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

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 21st (Sat): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take a memorable ride with 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, then head outdoors with Great Alpine Highway, and then identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read our Wellington road trip website .

Getting from Whakapapa to Wellington by car takes about 4.5 hours. In December in Wellington, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Alpine Highway, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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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.
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 Sealy Tarns Track, stroll through Moraine Walk, and explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fox Glacier journey planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Fox Glacier in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car 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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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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, get interesting insight from Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Queenstown online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Pops View Look Out) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, hike along The Chasm Walk, and stroll through Kepler Track.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Milford Foreshore Walk, Hollyford Track, Routeburn Track
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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