32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly to Auckland, Bus to Waitomo Caves
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
Fly
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus
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Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hokitika
— 3 nights
Fly
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Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kaitaia
— 3 nights
Fly to Auckland International Airport, Drive to Hot Water Beach
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Hot Water Beach
— 1 night
Drive to Auckland International Airport, Fly to Reykjavik

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Waitomo Caves

— 2 nights
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 Marakopa Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Ruakuri Walk and Caveworld. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Waitomo Caves: Bridal Veil Falls (in Raglan) and Kawhia Hot Water Beach (in Kawhia). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, and experience rural life at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm.

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 28.5-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

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:

Rotorua

— 4 nights

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 Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Go for a jaunt from Rotorua to Taupo to see Huka Falls Walkway about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, get outside with Outdoor Activities, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and take in the natural beauty of Hell's Gate Geothermal Reserve & Mud Spa.

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 fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:

Queenstown

— 4 nights

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 Queenstown Hill and The Remarkables Ski Area. Get outdoors at Wanaka and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Helicopter Tours in Wanaka--about 1h 10 min away. On the 12th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. And it doesn't end there: take the plunge with a skydiving experience, don't miss a visit to Arrowtown Village, have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, and view the masterpieces at Silver Fern Gallery.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown holiday planning tool.

You can fly from Rotorua to Queenstown in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 15:

Te Anau

— 3 nights
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 Lake Te Anau. It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound and look for gifts at Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau road trip tool.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:

Fox Glacier

— 2 nights
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 Franz Josef Glacier will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, trek along Sentinel Rock Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier South Side Walk.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fox Glacier online trip maker.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Fox Glacier takes 10 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hokitika.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:

Hokitika

— 3 nights
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 Glow Worm Dell. Visiting Hokitika Beach and Woods Creek Track will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hokitika: Maruia Falls (in Murchison) and Coal Creek Track (in Runanga). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe, view the masterpieces at Hokitika Craft Gallery, take in the dramatic scenery at Dorothy Falls, and stop by Tectonic Jade.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hokitika itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Hokitika in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:

Paihia

— 2 nights
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 Paihia Harbour. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Rainbow Falls. Go for a jaunt from Paihia to Whangarei to see Whangarei Falls about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Bay of Islands Honey Shop, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and get a taste of the local shopping with Kings Theatre Creative.

Make your Paihia itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Hokitika to Paihia takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:

Kaitaia

— 3 nights
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 Four Sisters Walk. Get outdoors at Tane Mahuta Walk and Coopers Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kaitaia: Koutu Boulders (in Opononi), Exhibit A Gallery (in Mangonui) and Tapotupotu Beach (in Cape Reinga). 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 · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:

Hot Water Beach

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Hot Water Beach, boost your wellbeing at The Lost Spring, then do a tasting at Purangi Estate Limited, and finally kick back and relax at Hahei Beach Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Opoutere Surf Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whangamata Beach.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hot Water Beach online journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kaitaia to Hot Water Beach. In October in Hot Water Beach, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.