43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip builder

This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Napier
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Blenheim
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Fox Glacier
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Dunedin
— 5 nights
Bus:  5​h 15​min
7
Te Anau
— 7 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
8
Queenstown
— 7 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Singapore

6
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Spas. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Waitomo Caves), Ohope Beach (in Whakatane) and the Zeus Gallery (in Tauranga). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, wander the streets of Eat Street, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

Plan my day in Rotorua using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Singapore, Singapore to Rotorua is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Singapore to Rotorua, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in June, with highs in Rotorua at 18°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Napier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Tauranga, River Rafting & Tubing, Ohope Beach, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Jun 25 — Jul 2:
Highlights from your plan
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Ohope Beach ©
Ohope Beach
Eat Street ©
Eat Street

4
nights
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Marine Parade. Take a break from Napier with a short trip to Te Mata Peak in Hastings, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Bluff Hill Lookout, do a tasting at Askerne Vineyards, and admire the natural beauty at Sunken Gardens.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Napier trip builder website .

You can drive from Rotorua to Napier in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Blenheim.

Things to do in Napier

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Hastings, Askerne Vineyards, Elephant Hill
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Mission Estate Winery ©
Mission Estate Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings
Moana Park Winery ©
Moana Park Winery

5
nights
Blenheim

Blenheim ©
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blenheim: Picton (Queen Charlotte Track, Queen Charlotte Sound, & more). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and walk around Pollard Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Blenheim online route planner .

Getting from Napier to Blenheim by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Blenheim can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Parks Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Picton, World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway and then don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony. On the next day, trek along Ohau Stream Walk, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Seal Colony.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Blenheim to Kaikoura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony

5
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Helicopter Tours and Kea Point Track. Step out of Fox Glacier to go to Lake Tekapo and see Mount John University Observatory, which is approximately 5h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Matheson Walk, hike along Moraine Walk, stroll through Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, and look for gifts at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier day trip site .

You can drive from Kaikoura to Fox Glacier in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Franz Josef Glacier, Mount John University Observatory
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Helicopter Tours
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk

5
nights
Dunedin

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Oamaru's Victorian Precinct and Nugget Point/Tokata Walks. Change things up with these side-trips from Dunedin: Katiki Point Lighthouse (in Moeraki) and Moeraki Boulders Beach (in Oamaru). The adventure continues: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Speight’s Brewery, take in the exciting artwork at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Penguin Place, and engage your brain at Otago Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Dunedin trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Fox Glacier to Dunedin in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oamaru, Nugget Point/Tokata Walks, Katiki Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Oamaru's Victorian Precinct ©
Oamaru's Victorian Precinct
Speight’s Brewery ©
Speight’s Brewery

7
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kepler Track and Kayaking & Canoeing. Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Homer Tunnel in Milford Sound--about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, go for a walk through Punanga Manu o Te Anau, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and trek along Lake Gunn.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Te Anau online tour planner .

Traveling by bus from Dunedin to Te Anau takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Kayaking & Canoeing, Homer Tunnel
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

7
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Mount Iron Track. Venture out of the city with trips to Wanaka (Wanaka & Rippon Vineyard). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, get interesting insight from Tours, and hit the slopes at Coronet Peak.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown attractions website .

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wanaka, Arrowtown Village
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 6:
Highlights from your plan
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track
Spas

Similar Plans

60 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM FINLAND December, culture, outdoors, beaches, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, beaches, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 46 days in Asia & South Pacific BY A USER FROM IRELAND February, culture, beaches, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: February, culture, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 46 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM TAIWAN October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 45 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM RUSSIA November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 44 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM SPAIN March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 29 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in Asia & South Pacific BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans