30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Paihia
— 3 nights
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Auckland
— 1 night
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 4 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
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Wellington
— 1 night
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
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Paihia — 3 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.
Get outdoors at Opua Forest Lookout Track and Manginangina Kauri Walk. Discover out-of-the-way places like Whangaroa Harbour and Nancy Fladgate Track. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Russell (Russell Nature Walks & Oneroa Bay) and Puketi Nature Trail (in Kerikeri). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Aroha Island Ecological Centre, stroll through Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, trek along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, and explore and take pictures at Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paihia trip builder site.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Paihia is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to Auckland.
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Auckland — 1 night

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 25th (Sat): grab your bike and head to Nelson Street Cycleway, contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Wellington, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Auckland route builder website.

You can fly from Paihia to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February in Auckland, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, then explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves day trip tool.

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mount Maunganui Base Track and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Blue Lake Track and Eat Street. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Pilot Bay (in Mount Maunganui) and Papamoa Beach (in Papamoa). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the striking landscape of Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, explore the activities along Lake Rotoiti, and get impressive views of Mt. Tarawera.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve and Helicopter Tours. Get in touch with nature at Huka Falls and Kinloch Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taupo: Turangi (Tongariro National Trout Centre & Tongariro River Trail). There's much more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, explore the landscape on two wheels at Great Lake Trail, see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, and get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to take a 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tongariro Northern Circuit and Rotopounamu Track. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mangawhero Forest Walk and Rimu Walk and Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tongariro National Park: Taihape (Paengaroa Scenic Reserve, Mount Stewart Reserve, &more) and Ohakune museum (in Ohakune). The adventure continues: trek along Silica Rapids Track, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt, admire the sheer force of Mangawhero Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mounds Walk.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park online day trip planner.

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly to Wellington.
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Find places to stay Mar 5 — 9:

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 10th (Fri): trek along Wellington City Walkways, then sample the tasty concoctions at Garage Project Cellar Door, then get interesting insight from Dive Wellington, and finally trek along Pencarrow Coastal Trail.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) — 3 nights

You'll discover tucked-away gems like West Coast Wildlife Centre and Tatare Tunnels Walk. Take a break from the city and head to Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks and Kea Point Track. Get out of town with these interesting Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) side-trips: Franz Josef (Sentinel Rock Walk & Peters Pool Walk) and Minnehaha Walk (in Fox Glacier).

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel 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.
Get outdoors at The Chasm Walk and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Discover out-of-the-way places like Te Anau Bird Sanctuary and Ivan Wilson Park. Get out of town with these interesting Te Anau side-trips: Manapouri Lake (in Manapouri) and Milford Sound (Milford sound Hwy & Eglinton Valley). There's still lots to do: trek along Lake Marian Track, grab your bike and head to Lake 2 Lake Trail, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and stroll through Mirror Lakes Walk.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the bus 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Queenstown Trail and Mt Crichton Loop Track. Step out of Queenstown to go to Gibbston and see Chard Farm Winery, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Lake Hayes Walkway, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tobins Track, and play a few rounds at Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip tool.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can fly 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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