41 days in New Zealand Itinerary

41 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 3 nights
2
Paihia
— 4 nights
3
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
4
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
5
Taupo
— 4 nights
6
Wellington
— 3 nights
7
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
8
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
9
Queenstown
— 4 nights
10
Te Anau
— 8 nights

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, look for gifts at Pauanesia, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Auckland vacation planner.

Surat, India to Auckland is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 6.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Surat in February: highs in Auckland hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nancy Fladgate Track in Russell (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, stop by Paihia Bookshop, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Paihia day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Haruru Falls, Nancy Fladgate Track
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 6:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Take a break from Waitomo Caves with a short trip to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari in Pukeatua, about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves online itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 9:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari ©
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whakapapa: Tongariro National Park (Ohakune Old Coach Road & Horsemtrails) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi). There's lots more to do: hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, stroll through Taranaki Falls, and get around town with Tongariro Crossing Shuttles.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Whakapapa trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can 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
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

4
nights
Taupo

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). There's still lots to do: trek along Huka Falls Walkway, stop by Huka Honey Hive, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, and make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Taupo road trip planner.

Drive from Whakapapa to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can 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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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
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, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, explore the striking landscape at Pinnacles Track, go for a walk through Hapuka Estuary Walk, and get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Wellington tour itinerary app.

You can fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March in Wellington, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Wellington Botanic Garden, Hapuka Estuary Walk
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 19:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mt. Cook Village: Lake Tekapo (in Lake Tekapo) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Hooker Valley Track, Kea Point Track, &more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mueller Hut Route, head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman, and hike along Red Tarns Track.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village online tour planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wellington to Mt. Cook Village. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

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.
When in Fox Glacier, make a side trip to see Franz Josef Glacier in Franz Josef, approximately Franz Josef away. There's still lots to do: hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, stroll through Mount Fox Route, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fox Glacier trip planning website.

Getting from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier by car takes about 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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown journey website.

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

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Wineries
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 29:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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 Sound (Bowen Falls & Milford sound Hwy) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). On the 5th (Sun), hike the day away at Dusky Track. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, get interesting insight from Tours, hike along Hollyford Track, and identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau visit planning site.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time 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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