34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Minneapolis
Fly + bus:  29​h
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Queenstown
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
Wellington
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
Rotorua
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
Paihia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
Auckland Central
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
Minneapolis

5
days
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) and Kepler Track. On the 31st (Wed), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, explore and take pictures at Milford Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and stroll through Mirror Lakes Walk.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau vacation trip planner.

Minneapolis, USA to Te Anau is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Te Anau is 18 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

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Parks Nature Outdoors

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Fiordland National Park
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

4
days
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Bead Shop and Creative Queenstown Arts & Crafts Market. Get in touch with nature at The Remarkables Ski Area and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stop by The Remarkable Sweetshop - Queenstown, and take in the exciting artwork at Ivan Clarke Gallery.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Queenstown travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Shopping
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The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Speed Boats Tours

2
days
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Monro Beach and then kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre, then trek along Franz Josef Glacier, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fox Glacier tour planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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Franz Josef, Monro Beach
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

3
days
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Head to Little River Gallery and Cashel Streetfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like International Antarctic Centre and Canterbury Museum. There's lots more to do: browse the fresh offerings at Christchurch Farmers' Market, contemplate the long history of Ferrymead Heritage Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christchurch Cathedral, and look for all kinds of wild species at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Christchurch by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Christchurch are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Little River Gallery
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

4
days
Wellington

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.
Escape the urban bustle at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary and Oriental Bay. You'll explore and learn at The Weta Cave and The Great War Exhibition. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, steep yourself in history at Katherine Mansfield House and Garden (Te Puakitanga), pause for some photo ops at Ataturk Memorial, and pause for some serene contemplation at Old St Paul's.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip builder.

Fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Wellington, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Petone
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The Weta Cave ©
The Weta Cave
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

5
days
Rotorua

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary and Zipline. Shop till you drop at Huka Honey Hive and Lava Glass Blowing Studio. Step out of Rotorua to go to Taupo and see Huka Falls tracks, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Spend the 19th (Mon) immersed in therapeutic waters at a local thermal spa. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Tamaki Maori Village, look for all kinds of wild species at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua itinerary builder.

Fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Wellington in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rotorua: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Spas Shopping

Side Trip

Taupo
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Huka Falls tracks ©
Huka Falls tracks
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park

5
days
Paihia

Paihia ©
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 Paihia Harbour and Haruru Falls. Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Russell (Christ Church & Newport Chocolates). There's much more to do: stop by The Cabbage Tree Shop, contemplate the long history of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station 1822, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
days
Auckland Central

Auckland Central ©
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 27th (Tue), hunt for treasures at Oratia Farmers Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Piha Beach, then look for gifts at Real Groovy, and finally stop by Pauanesia. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Dress-Smart Outlet Shopping, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then make a trip to Sky Tower.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Auckland vacation builder.

Getting from Paihia to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or take a bus. November in Auckland sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland Central

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Dress-Smart Outlet Shopping, Piha Beach
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Pauanesia ©
Pauanesia
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach

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