32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

32 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 5 nights
Bus
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Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
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Whitianga
— 4 nights
Drive to Auckland International Airport, Fly to Copenhagen

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Te Anau

— 5 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.
Get in touch with nature at Milford Sound and Hollyford Track. Spend the 30th (Sat) exploring at Doubtful Sound. And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, explore the landscape on two wheels at Lake 2 Lake Trail, and hike along The Chasm Walk.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau day trip tool.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Te Anau is an approximately 34.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Te Anau due to the time zone difference. You'll set off for Fox Glacier on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 26 — May 1:

Fox Glacier

— 3 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Visiting Gillespies Beach and Moraine Walk will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Fox Glacier to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to see Sealy Tarns Track about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, stroll through Mount Fox Route, admire all the interesting features of Franz Josef Glacier, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip itinerary planning app.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Fox Glacier in 10 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 4:

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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Zipline. There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Wineries
Find places to stay May 4 — 8:

Tongariro National Park

— 5 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get in touch with nature at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit. Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. The adventure continues: explore the landscape on two wheels at Ohakune Old Coach Road, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, hike along Ridge Track, and explore the activities along Tama Lakes.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Fly from Queenstown to Tongariro National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay May 8 — 13:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Huka Falls Walkway and Boat Tours & Water Sports. There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, cool off at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Taupo online trip itinerary builder.

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 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay May 13 — 17:

Rotorua

— 3 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.
Visiting Zipline and Te Puia will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, trot along with a tour on horseback, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Rotorua road trip tool.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

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 21st (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then hike along Ruakuri Walk, and then get outside with Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves visit planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Whitianga.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay May 20 — 21:

Whitianga

— 4 nights
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Get in touch with nature at Hot Water Beach and Whangamata Beach. Visit Matarangi Beach and Opito Bay Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Whitianga: Opoutere Surf Beach (in Opoutere) and Cathedral Cove Walk (in Hahei). There's more to do: boost your wellbeing at The Lost Spring and see majestic marine mammals with Cave Cruzer.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Whitianga trip app.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Whitianga takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. May in Whitianga sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 25:

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.