33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cardiff
Fly:  33 h
1
Te Anau
— 4 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
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
9
Paihia
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  33 h
End: Cardiff

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Milford Sound and Hollyford Track. When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, approximately Milford away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and hike along The Chasm Walk.

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

Cardiff, UK to Te Anau is an approximately 36-hour flight. Traveling from Cardiff to Te Anau, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Speed Boats Tours. Step out of Queenstown to go to Wanaka and see Mount Aspiring National Park, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Mount Aspiring National Park
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Mount Aspiring National Park ©
Mount Aspiring National Park
Zipline

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Gillespies Beach and Fox Glacier South Side Walk. Step out of Fox Glacier to go to Franz Josef and see Franz Josef Glacier, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: trek along Mount Fox Route, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk, go for a walk through River Walk, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier tour builder tool.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
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.
Get in touch with nature at Sealy Tarns Track and Kea Point Track. Explore Mt. Cook Village's surroundings by going to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Hooker Valley Track & Glencoe Walk). There's still lots to do: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, explore the activities along Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, hike along Mueller Hut Route, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Tarns Track.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village takes 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) 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)
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, take in the pleasant sights at Hapuka Estuary Walk, thengo from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, thencontemplate the long history of Kotuku School Memorial, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On your second day here, stroll through Pinnacles Track and then head outdoors with Great Alpine Highway.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington online trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Wellington. In December, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors Museums Nature

Side Trip

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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 Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Great Alpine Highway ©
Great Alpine Highway

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.
Te Puia and Ohinemutu are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Rotorua (Zipline & Redwoods Treewalk). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

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.
Ohakune Old Coach Road and Te Porere Redoubt will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Whakapapa Nature Walk. When in Whakapapa, make a side trip to see Horsemtrails in Tongariro National Park, approximately Tongariro National Park away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Northern Circuit.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Whakapapa trip maker app.

You can drive from Taupo to Whakapapa in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, thentrek along Ruakuri Walk, thenHead underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, thenget outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, thenHead underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally Head underground at Caveworld.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary app.

Drive from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station. Relax by the water at Ocean Beach and Oneroa Bay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Mount Manaia Track (in Whangarei) and Russell (Christ Church, Pompallier Mission and Printery, &more). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Anglican Church.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Mount Manaia Track, Ocean Beach, Haruru Falls
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 5:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach

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