32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Porto Alegre
Bus + Fly:  20 h 30 min
1
Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h 45 min
2
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
3
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Taxi:  8 h 45 min
5
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Taupo
— 4 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
8
Paihia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  20 h 15 min
End: Porto Alegre

3
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.
Step out of Wellington with an excursion to Southward Car Museum in Paraparaumu--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, contemplate the long history of Wellington Cable Car, get great views at Mount Victoria, and look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Wellington day trip planning tool.

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Wellington is an approximately 20.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto Alegre to Wellington is 15 hours. In March, Wellington is a bit cooler than Porto Alegre - with highs of 22°C and lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Wellington Botanic Garden, Southward Car Museum
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Te Anau: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, trek along The Chasm Walk, and explore the activities along Lake Te Anau.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Te Anau in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or ride a ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk, Bowen Falls
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler 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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown vacation planning app.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Fox Glacier side-trips: Franz Josef (Sentinel Rock Walk & Franz Josef Glacier) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Sealy Tarns Track, Glencoe Walk, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through Gillespies Beach, trek along Moraine Walk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take in the pleasant sights at River Walk.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fox Glacier journey maker website.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Wed), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Ruakuri Walk, and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally Head underground at Caveworld.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Waitomo Caves by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

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

4
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Horsemtrails, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, and take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles ©
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles

4
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Rotorua (Horseback Riding Tours, Te Puia, &more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Huka Falls Walkway, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Taupo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Tapeka Point Track (in Russell) and Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail (in Kaikohe). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island, admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paihia online tour planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Taupo to Paihia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Tapeka Point Track, Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island

2
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.
On the 31st (Wed), brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and then get your game on at Virtual Reality Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then meet the residents at Auckland Zoo, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Auckland travel planning app.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Tours
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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