32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Bus to Hokitika i-SITE, Fly to Waitomo Caves
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Taupo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Paihia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Wellington

— 3 nights

Harbour Capital

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. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

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

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Wellington is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Porto Alegre to Wellington. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Porto Alegre in March, with highs in Wellington at 22°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 5:

Te Anau

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Te Anau: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Doubtful Sound, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, explore the activities along Lake Te Anau, and trek along Hollyford Track.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Te Anau in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 9:

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown vacation planning app.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 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 · Adventure
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 13:

Fox Glacier

— 3 nights
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: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Sealy Tarns Track, Glencoe Walk, &more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach, hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier vacation builder.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 16:

Waitomo Caves

— 1 night
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 find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Waitomo Caves by combination of bus and flight takes about 9.5 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 · Adventure
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:

Tongariro National Park

— 4 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 20th (Sat), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's still lots to do: hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, go for a walk through Mead's Wall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ridge Track.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park route builder.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 22:

Taupo

— 4 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

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.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Taupo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 26:

Paihia

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail (in Kaikohe) and Tapeka Point Track (in Russell). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paihia Harbour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and do a tasting at Byrne Northland Wines.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Paihia trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Taupo to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 30:

Auckland

— 2 nights

City of Sails

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 see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Auckland travel planning app.

You can fly from Paihia to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; 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 fly back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours · Wineries
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 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.