34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Paihia
— 5 nights
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Whitianga
— 1 night
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
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Taupo
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Wellington
— 1 night
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
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Franz Josef
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Paihia — 5 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.
Spend a day of island exploring on the 8th (Sun) at Urupukapuka Island. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, identify plant and animal life at The Parrot Place, find something for the whole family at Action World, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Paihia is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Copenhagen to Paihia is 11 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Whitianga.
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Whitianga — 1 night

Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the activities along Stingray Bay, then see the interesting displays at Mercury Bay Museum, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Whitianga itinerary planner.

You can drive from Paihia to Whitianga in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rotorua.
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Hamilton (Hamilton Gardens & Victoria on the River) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate the long history of Te Puia, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Whitianga to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Rotorua are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Taupo.
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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.
Taupo is known for nature, theme parks, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon.

To find photos and tourist information, use the Taupo route planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Tongariro National Park.
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Tongariro National Park — 4 nights

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 20th (Fri), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 21st (Sat), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall, hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, stroll through Silica Rapids Track, and take in the dramatic scenery at Mangawhero Falls.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park route maker site.

Traveling by shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then trek along Mangakara Nature Walk.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves online trip planner.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to fly to Wellington.
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Wellington — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then get great views at Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Wellington online trip maker.

Fly from Waitomo Caves to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Queenstown.
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Queenstown — 3 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, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip builder app.

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.
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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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound--about 1 hour away. Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 30th (Mon), hike the day away at Kepler Track. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and trek along Gertrude Saddle.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Te Anau day trip site.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Franz Josef.
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Franz Josef — 2 nights

Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
On the 3rd (Fri), hike along Peters Pool Walk, then hike along Franz Josef Glacier, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Moraine Walk, then hike along Minnehaha Walk, then trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and finally make a trip to River Walk.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Franz Josef travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Franz Josef. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Auckland.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): examine the collection at Auckland Museum, head off the coast to Hauraki Gulf, and then make a trip to Sky Tower.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Auckland itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Franz Josef to Auckland in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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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.
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