41 days in New Zealand Itinerary

41 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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41 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Surat
Fly:  25​h
1
Auckland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Paihia
— 4 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3​h
3
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Taupo
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
7
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
10
Te Anau
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Surat

3
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: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, look for gifts at Pauanesia, step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island, and grab your bike and head to Nelson Street Cycleway.

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Surat, India to Auckland is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Surat to Auckland is 6 hours. Traveling from Surat in February, you will find days in Auckland are little chillier (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 2:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Paihia to Russell to see Nancy Fladgate Track about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia route tool .

Drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Nancy Fladgate Track
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 6:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island

3
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.
When in Waitomo Caves, make a side trip to see Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari in Pukeatua, approximately 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 9:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

3
nights
Whakapapa

Take a break from Whakapapa with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi, about 34 minutes away.

Plan trip to Whakapapa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 12:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

4
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Zipline, & more). And it doesn't end there: push the limits with an extreme tour, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo online journey planner .

Drive from Whakapapa to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 16:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

3
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.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, classes, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, go for a walk through Hapuka Estuary Walk, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, and look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Wellington vacation builder site .

Getting from Taupo to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Hapuka Estuary Walk, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Step out of Mt. Cook Village to go to Lake Tekapo and see Lake Tekapo, which is approximately 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Hooker Valley Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kea Point Track, head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mt. Cook Village journey builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wellington to Mt. Cook Village. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 22:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

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: explore the striking landscape of Fox Glacier, identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre, hike along Moraine Walk, and stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fox Glacier holiday planner .

Drive from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 25:
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

4
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, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown online travel planner .

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Te Anau: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Milford sound Hwy). On the 5th (Sun), hike the day away at Dusky Track. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, stroll through Hollyford Track, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, and trek along Routeburn Track.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Te Anau travel route planner.

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

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Routeburn Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 6:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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