35 days in New Zealand Itinerary

35 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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35 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Chandigarh
Fly:  23​h
1
Queenstown
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h
5
Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 15​min
8
Paihia
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  27​h
End: Chandigarh

4
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Do your shopping at Silver Fern Gallery and Artbay Gallery. Peregrine Wines and Queenstown Arts Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. On the 28th (Mon), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Next up on the itinerary: race across the water with a speed boat tour, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, browse the exhibits of Ivan Clarke Gallery, and look for gifts at The Remarkable Sweetshop - Queenstown.

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Chandigarh, India to Queenstown is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Chandigarh to Queenstown, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Speed Boats Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

5
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Hollyford Track and Routeburn Track. Spend the 1st (Fri) exploring nature at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, trek along The Chasm Walk, stop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, and stroll through Lake Gunn.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planning website .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Get outdoors at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and Hooker Valley Track.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village trip builder site .

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

4
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Step out of the city life by going to Gillespies Beach and Fox Glacier Hiking Trails. Venture out of the city with trips to Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Whataroa) and Andris Apse Gallery (in Franz Josef). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier, view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fox Glacier route app .

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier takes 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

4
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Get a sense of the local culture at L'Arte and New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Step out of the city life by going to Huka Falls tracks and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Rotorua (Te Puia, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, & more). There's still lots to do: play a few rounds at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, browse the fresh offerings at Taupo Market, take in nature's colorful creations at Lava Glass, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip builder .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Fox Glacier to Taupo in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Rotorua
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L'Arte ©
L'Arte
Huka Falls tracks ©
Huka Falls tracks
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

5
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
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 Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Crossing Shuttles. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ohakune Old Coach Road and Rotopounamu Track. On the 19th (Tue), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, trek along Tongariro Northern Circuit, and explore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt.

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Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

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 22nd (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves. On your second day here, snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then trek along Ruakuri Walk, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip planner .

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
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.
Head to The Cabbage Tree Shop and Kaan Zamaanfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, get interesting insight from Tours, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia route builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Waitomo Caves to Paihia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Pompallier Mission and Printery
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling

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