33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

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Christchurch
— 1 night
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Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
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Wanaka
— 1 night
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive
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Franz Josef
— 2 nights
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Arthur's Pass National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Kaikoura
— 1 night
Drive
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Blenheim
— 3 nights
Drive
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Abel Tasman National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ohakune
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Christchurch

— 1 night

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch vacation maker site.

Dublin, Ireland to Christchurch is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Dublin to Christchurch, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dublin in December, plan for much warmer days in Christchurch, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 12°C. You'll set off for Mt. Cook Village on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

Mt. Cook Village

— 3 nights
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mt. Cook Village: Lake Tekapo (Lake Tekapo, The Church of the Good Shepherd, &more) and Hooker Valley Track (in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)). There's more to do: hike along Glencoe Walk and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kea Point Track.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Mt. Cook Village takes 4 hours. On the 20th (Fri), you're off to Wanaka.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:

Wanaka

— 1 night
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Roys Peak Track has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Wanaka.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Wanaka trip itinerary maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Wanaka. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

Te Anau

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Chasm Walk as well as Lake Marian Track. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Lake Marian Track, then stroll through The Chasm Walk, and then explore the activities along Milford Sound.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau journey maker tool.

Explore your travel options from Wanaka to Te Anau with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for the bus ride to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

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.
Ben Lomond Track has been added to your itinerary.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip builder.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. You will leave for Franz Josef on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Franz Josef

— 2 nights
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hokitika Museum as well as Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools. On the 27th (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier and then relax and rejuvenate at Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Franz Josef trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Queenstown to Franz Josef in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Arthur's Pass National Park.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Arthur's Pass National Park

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Otira Viaduct Lookout and then trek along Devils Punchbowl Walking Track.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Arthur's Pass National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Franz Josef to Arthur's Pass National Park. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Arthur's Pass National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
Highlights from your trip

Kaikoura

— 1 night
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ohau Point Seal Colony as well as Whale Watch Kaikoura. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): catch all the local highlights with Whale Watch Kaikoura and then make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kaikoura planner.

Explore your travel options from Arthur's Pass National Park to Kaikoura with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Blenheim.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

Blenheim

— 3 nights
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cougar Line. On your second day here, get outside with Cougar Line.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Blenheim trip itinerary site.

Getting from Kaikoura to Blenheim by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You will leave for Abel Tasman National Park on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your trip

Abel Tasman National Park

— 2 nights
Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
Keep things going the next day: hike along Abel Tasman Coast Track.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Abel Tasman National Park trip itinerary site.

Explore your travel options from Blenheim to Abel Tasman National Park with the Route module. You will leave for Wellington on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
Highlights from your trip

Wellington

— 2 nights

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.
You've now added Weta Workshop to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, learn and have fun at Weta Workshop, then get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, and finally catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington online sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Wellington with the Route module. January in Wellington sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ohakune.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Classes · Historic Sites · Transportation
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Ohakune

— 2 nights
Ohakune is a small town in the North Island of New Zealand, situated 215 kilometres north of Wellington and 292 kilometres south of Auckland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls. Keep things going the next day: hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Find out how to plan Ohakune trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Wellington to Ohakune takes 4 hours. You'll set off for Rotorua on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Ohakune

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hobbiton Movie Set, Tamaki Maori Village and Polynesian Spa. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and whizz through the canopy at Redwoods Treewalk.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ohakune to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Nightlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

Auckland

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Auckland trip planner.

Fly from Rotorua to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in January, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. On the 14th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:
Highlights from your trip

New Zealand travel guide

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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.