31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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31 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Dunedin
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h 30​min
3
Wanaka
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Queenstown
— 4 nights
5
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Wellington
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Rotorua
— 4 nights
8
Auckland
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Sao Paulo

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.
Christ Church and Waitangi Treaty Grounds are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Paihia Harbour and Tane Mahuta Walk will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Paihia: Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve) and Blue River Orchard (in Kerikeri). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia attractions planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Paihia is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Paihia. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Paihia

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Tane Mahuta Walk
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Christ Church ©
Christ Church
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Katiki Point Lighthouse and Olveston Historic Home are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Orokonui Ecosanctuary and Tunnel Beach Track. Step out of Dunedin with an excursion to Moeraki Boulders in Oamaru--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Penguin Place, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, steep yourself in history at Iona Church, and step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Dunedin online trip builder .

You can fly from Paihia to Dunedin in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Iona Church, Katiki Point Lighthouse, Moeraki Boulders
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Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Katiki Point Lighthouse ©
Katiki Point Lighthouse
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary

4
nights
Wanaka

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Snow Farm and Horseback Riding Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Wanaka and Roys Peak Track. There's much more to do: hike along Mount Iron Track, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, browse the exhibits of Wanaka Fine Art Gallery, and see the interesting displays at National Transport and Toy Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Wanaka trip itinerary planning site .

Take a bus from Dunedin to Wanaka in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Safaris and The Remarkables Ski Area. Visiting Coronet Peak and Glenorchy-Queenstown Road will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Queenstown Hill, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery, and head outdoors with Arrowtown Village.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip builder website .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Arrowtown Village
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Glenorchy-Queenstown Road ©
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
Safaris
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill

3
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Do your shopping at The Giant's House and Little River Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Quake City. Venture out of the city with trips to Akaroa (Swim with Dolphins, Saint Peter's Anglican Church, & more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Air Force Museum, explore the world behind art at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), explore and take pictures at Riccarton House & Bush, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michaels and All Angels.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Christchurch online trip builder .

You can fly from Queenstown to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Akaroa, Little River Gallery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Swim with Dolphins
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and National War Memorial. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old St Paul's and Wellington Cable Car. Change things up with these side-trips from Wellington: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Blenheim) and Picton (Marlborough Sounds & Queen Charlotte Track). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa) and take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington day trip planning app .

You can fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in August, Wellington is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Blenheim, Picton
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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Wine Tours & Tastings
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Volcanic Hills Winery and St Michael's Catholic Church. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Horseback Riding Tours. Step out of Rotorua to go to Mount Maunganui and see Mount Maunganui Base Track, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, look for all kinds of wild species at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rotorua day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, River Rafting & Tubing, Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Piha Beach and Tiritiri Matangi Island. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sculptureum and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Hahei Beach Walk (in Hahei) and The Lost Spring (in Whitianga). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, look for gifts at Pauanesia, and stroll through Cheltenham Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rotorua in August, you will find days in Auckland are little chillier (14°C), and nights are a bit warmer (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Piha Beach, Hahei Beach Walk, The Lost Spring, Sculptureum, Cheltenham Beach
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Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Sculptureum ©
Sculptureum

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