30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  24​h
1
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
2
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
5
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
8
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Toronto

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.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, classes, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and go for a walk through Hapuka Estuary Walk.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Wellington online sightseeing planner .

Toronto, Canada to Wellington is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Toronto to Wellington due to the time zone difference. In March, Wellington is warmer than Toronto - with highs of 22°C and lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Hapuka Estuary Walk, Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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 Te Anau with an excursion to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, trek along The Chasm Walk, appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument, and stroll through Hollyford Track.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Te Anau day trip planning app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Te Anau in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) 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
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial, appreciate the history behind William Gilbert Rees Statue, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown day trip app .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Nature Outdoors
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hooker Valley Track, trek along Minnehaha Walk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier route planner .

Getting from Queenstown to Fox Glacier by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Franz Josef Glacier
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

3
nights
Whakapapa

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whakapapa: Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial (in Ohakune) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Whakapapa road trip planning website .

Drive from Fox Glacier to Whakapapa in 15 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing, Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

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 20th (Fri): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Marokopa Falls Walk, then head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, then Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip planning site .

Drive from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, make a trip to Te Puia, trot along with a tour on horseback, and do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rotorua trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Nature

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

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.
Step out of Paihia to go to Russell and see Tapeka Point Track, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read our Paihia vacation website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Tapeka Point Track
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling

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: take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Alberton, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and explore the activities along Devonport.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read Auckland travel route planning app .

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Tours
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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