32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
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Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
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Hokitika
— 3 nights
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Paihia
— 2 nights
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Kaitaia
— 3 nights
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Hot Water Beach
— 1 night

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Caveworld. Step out of the city life by going to Ruakuri Walk and Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Waitomo Caves: Kawhia Hot Water Beach (in Kawhia) and Bridal Veil Falls (in Raglan). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, and snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 12 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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Hiking Trail
Ruakuri Walk
4.8
Cave
Ruakuri Cave
4.6

4
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Rotorua

Rotorua ©

Sulphur City

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Huka Falls Walkway and Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Waikite Valley Thermal Pools and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and take in the natural beauty of Hell's Gate.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua day trip planning site.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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4
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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wanaka and The Remarkables Ski Area. Get outdoors at Queenstown Hill and Coronet Peak. Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Helicopter Tours in Wanaka--about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, relax in the rural setting at Ben Lomond Lavender, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery.

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

You can fly from Rotorua to Queenstown in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

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Must see
Wanaka
4.7
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Hiking Trail
Queenstown Hill
4.8
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Mountain
Coronet Peak
4.3

3
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Chasm Walk and Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs. Visiting Milford Sound and Lake Te Anau will get you outdoors.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau travel route planner.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
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Must see
The Chasm Walk
4.6
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Water Body
Lake Te Anau
4.6
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Water Body
Milford Sound
4.8

2
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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hooker Valley Track and Lake Matheson Walk. Visiting West Coast Wildlife Centre and Tatare Tunnels Walk will get you outdoors. Explore Fox Glacier's surroundings by going to Franz Josef (Franz Josef Glacier & Sentinel Rock Walk). The adventure continues: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, hike along Minnehaha Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier South Side Walk.

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

Take a bus from Te Anau to Fox Glacier in 10 hours. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hokitika.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

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Scenic Walking Area
Lake Matheson Walk
4.4

3
nights
Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Step off the beaten path and head to Hokitika Gorge Walk and Hokitika Beach. Visiting Glow Worm Dell and Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hokitika: Woods Creek Track (in Greymouth), Maruia Falls (in Murchison) and Coal Creek Track (in Runanga). There's much more to do: add some adventure to your tour with West Coast Scenic Waterways, admire the sheer force of Dorothy Falls, view the masterpieces at Hokitika Craft Gallery, and stroll through Tunnel Terrace Walk.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hokitika trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Hokitika takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Outdoor Activity
Glow Worm Dell
4.4

2
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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 the city life by going to Swim with Dolphins and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step off the beaten path and head to Whangarei Falls and Rainbow Falls. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, view the masterpieces at Kings Theatre Creative, look for gifts at Bay of Islands Honey Shop, and identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Hokitika to Paihia in 8.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.9
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Wildlife Area
Paihia Harbour
4.6

3
nights
Kaitaia

Kaitaia ©
Kaitaia is a town in the Far North District of New Zealand, at the base of the Aupouri Peninsula, about 160 km northwest of Whangarei. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ninety Mile Beach and Rarawa Beach. Get outdoors at Tane Mahuta Walk and Coopers Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kaitaia: Four Sisters Walk (in Waipoua Forest), Tapotupotu Beach (in Cape Reinga) and Exhibit A Gallery (in Mangonui). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Taipa Beach, view the masterpieces at Taute Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Te Ahu Heritage, and explore the activities along Doubtless bay.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kaitaia tour itinerary planning app.

Getting from Paihia to Kaitaia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hot Water Beach.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:
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Must see
Ninety Mile Beach
4.6
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Hiking Trail
Tane Mahuta Walk
4.9

1
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Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach ©
Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Water Beach, make a trip to The Lost Spring, then learn about winemaking at Purangi Estate Limited, and finally kick back and relax at Hahei Beach Walk. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Opoutere Surf Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whangamata Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hot Water Beach trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kaitaia to Hot Water Beach. In October, daytime highs in Hot Water Beach are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Must see
Hahei Beach Walk
4.8
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Must see
Whangamata Beach
4.8
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Hot Spring
Hot Water Beach
3.8

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