30 days in New Zealand & Rarotonga Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand & Rarotonga Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Avarua, Cook Islands
— 2 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Dunedin, New Zealand
— 6 nights

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Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Auckland Museum and The Vivian Gallery. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Devonport and SkyTower. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: Sculptureum (in Matakana) and Minniesdale Chapel (in Wharehine). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Pauanesia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Otara Market, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Warehouse.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland road trip tool.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Auckland is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Auckland is 15 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in September, you will find days in Auckland are little chillier (15°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Avarua.

Things to do in Auckland

Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Matakana, Minniesdale Chapel
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

2
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Avarua, Cook Islands

Avarua ©
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Muri Lagoon and Aroa Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cook Island Christian Church (CICC) and Te Ara- Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise. There's lots more to do: stroll through Titikaveka Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Black Rock Beach, look for gifts at Bergman & Sons, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Avarua road trip site.

You can fly from Auckland to Avarua in 8 hours. You'll gain 22 hours traveling from Auckland to Avarua due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in September, you will find days in Avarua are much warmer (30°C), and nights are a bit warmer (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Avarua

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Rarotonga, Boat Tours & Water Sports, Titikaveka Beach, Aroa Beach
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:
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Muri Lagoon ©
Muri Lagoon
Titikaveka Beach ©
Titikaveka Beach
Boat Tours & Water Sports

5
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Te Puia and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Kids will appreciate attractions like Huka Falls Walkway and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Taupo (Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, Taupo Market, &more) and Ruakuri Walk (in Waitomo Caves). Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, explore the galleries of New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, and take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Avarua to Rotorua takes 10 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 22 hours traveling from Avarua to Rotorua. Traveling from Avarua in September, expect nights in Rotorua to be colder, around 10°C, while days are little chillier, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Ruakuri Walk, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 13:
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Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline

3
nights
Wellington, New Zealand

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.
Kids will enjoy Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and The Great War Exhibition. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wellington Cable Car and Wellington Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Gladstone Vineyard (in Carterton), C'est Cheese (in Featherston) and Poppies Martinborough (in Martinborough). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, contemplate the long history of Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, learn about all things military at National War Memorial, and see the sky in a new way at Space Place at Carter Observatory.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington tour builder site.

Fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Wellington sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Gladstone Vineyard, C'est Cheese, Poppies Martinborough
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

3
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Christchurch, New Zealand

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Attractions like Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu) and The Arts Centre make great kid-friendly stops. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Velocity Karts. Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Saint Peter's Anglican Church (in Akaroa) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral, and examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Christchurch vacation maker site.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Christchurch, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Akaroa, Little River Gallery
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens

5
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Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Take a break from the city and head to Milford Sound and Punanga Manu o Te Anau. Bring the kids along to The Remarkables Ski Area and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Ivan Wilson Park (in Te Anau) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coronet Peak, experience rural life at Ben Lomond Lavender, browse the exhibits of Queenstown Arts Centre, and take in the exciting artwork at The Ivy Box.

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

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Te Anau, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 24:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

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Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Waikouaiti Beach and St Clair Beach. Visiting The Royal Albatross Centre and Roaring Bay will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dunedin: Oamaru (Oamaru Farmers' Market & Art On Tyne), Gore (Hokonui Moonshine Museum & Fishing Charters & Tours) and Hampden Stores (in Hampden). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens, see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, enjoy the sea views from Nugget Point Lighthouse, and get a new perspective on nature at Otago Museum.

To see reviews and more tourist information, use the Dunedin trip planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Dunedin by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Oamaru, Balclutha, Gore, Waikouaiti Beach, Roaring Bay
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 30:
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Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum
The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens

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