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 Ruakuri Walk. Step out of the city life by going to Marakopa Falls and Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk. 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, stroll through Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, 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 Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre. Go for a jaunt from Rotorua to Taupo to see Huka Falls Walkway about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, tour the pleasant surroundings at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Hell's Gate Geothermal Reserve & Mud Spa.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rotorua trip planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Rotorua sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can 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 River Rafting & Tubing. Get outdoors at Wanaka and Skydiving. 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 your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area, shop like a local with Silver Fern Gallery, get your game on at Dark Ride, and make a trip to Arrowtown Village.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

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 · Winter Sports · Nature

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 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
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 Tatare Tunnels Walk. Visiting West Coast Wildlife Centre and Lake Matheson Walk will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, trek along Sentinel Rock Walk, explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, 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 Hokitika Beach. Visiting Glow Worm Dell and Coal Creek Track will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hokitika: Maruia Falls (in Murchison) and Woods Creek Track (in Greymouth). 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 Parasailing & Paragliding. Go for a jaunt from Paihia to Whangarei to see Whangarei Falls about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Bay of Islands Honey Shop, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and take in the exciting artwork at Kings Theatre Creative.

To see ratings and more tourist information, read Paihia trip planning website.

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 Rarawa Beach. Get outdoors at Tane Mahuta Walk and Coopers Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kaitaia: Tapotupotu Beach (in Cape Reinga), Four Sisters Walk (in Waipoua Forest) 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 · 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.