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 Hamilton
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Paihia
— 4 nights
Drive
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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. 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 Ecosanctuary.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Wellington day trip planning tool.

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Wellington is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. 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 · 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: Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). 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, explore the activities along Lake Te Anau, and trek along Hollyford Track.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, 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 ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. 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 · 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 wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, 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

Tours · Outdoors · 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) and Sentinel Rock Walk (in Franz Josef). There's lots more to do: stroll through Gillespies Beach, hike along Minnehaha Walk, go for a walk through River Walk, and explore and take pictures at Franz Josef Glacier.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier online road trip planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Fox Glacier by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · 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 10.5 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.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, get around town with Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track, and take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, 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 · 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 Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Rotorua (Horseback Riding Tours, Te Puia, &more). 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 car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

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: Tapeka Point Track (in Russell) and Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail (in Kaikohe). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, identify plant and animal life 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 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

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 drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; 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

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wineries · Tours
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.