45 days in New Zealand Itinerary

45 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Queenstown
— 8 nights
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Wanaka
— 6 nights
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Te Anau
— 2 nights
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Dunedin
— 3 nights
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Christchurch
— 6 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 8 nights
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Whitianga
— 4 nights
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Paihia
— 5 nights
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Queenstown — 8 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glenorchy-Queenstown Road and The Remarkables Ski Area. Explore hidden gems such as Queenstown Hill and Skydiving. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Little Paradise Dream Garden (in Mount Creighton) and Glenorchy war memorial (in Glenorchy). On the 2nd (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. On the 30th (Sun), do a day of sightseeing from above with a helicopter tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Ben Lomond Track, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, don't miss a visit to Arrowtown Village, and contemplate the waterfront views at Moke Lake.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary maker site.

Singapore, Singapore to Queenstown is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Wanaka.
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Find places to stay Oct 26 — Nov 3:

Wanaka — 6 nights

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.
Visiting Wanaka and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Blue Pools Track. When in Wanaka, make a side trip to see Gates of Haast in Haast, approximately Haast away. On the 9th (Wed), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. The adventure continues: hike along Mount Iron Track, shop like a local with Outside Sports Wanaka, explore the activities along Lake Wanaka, and see the interesting displays at National Transport and Toy Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Wanaka travel planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.
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Te Anau — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Te Anau and then Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau online holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wanaka to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dunedin.
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Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:

Dunedin — 3 nights

Edinburgh of the South

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Orokonui Ecosanctuary and Otago Peninsula. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tunnel Beach Track and The World's Steepest Street. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Botanic Garden, engage your brain at Otago Museum, admire all the interesting features of The Royal Albatross Centre, and get great views at Otago Peninsula Fallen Solders' Memorial.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Dunedin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Christchurch.
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Find places to stay Nov 11 — 14:

Christchurch — 6 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Port Hills and Quake City. Get in touch with nature at Horseback Riding Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with a short trip to Rakaia Salmon Statue in Rakaia (about 54 minutes away). There's still lots to do: walk around Hagley Park, don't miss a visit to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, admire all the interesting features of Riccarton House & Bush, and get to know the resident critters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Christchurch online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Dunedin to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Waitomo Caves.
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Find places to stay Nov 14 — 20:

Waitomo Caves — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, get a dose of the wild on Spellbound, and then hike along Ruakuri Walk.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Waitomo Caves online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Waitomo Caves takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.
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Find places to stay Nov 20 — 22:

Rotorua — 8 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Mount Maunganui Base Track. Visiting Waikite Valley Thermal Pools and Waimangu Volcanic Valley will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Aratiatia Rapids (in Taupo) and Mount Maunganui Summit Track (in Mount Maunganui). There's much more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, hike along Blue Lake Track, and steep yourself in history at Government Gardens.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Rotorua itinerary planner.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Whitianga.
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Find places to stay Nov 22 — 30:

Whitianga — 4 nights

Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Discover out-of-the-way places like Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway and Hahei Beach Walk. Take a break from the city and head to Cave Cruzer and Whangamata Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Whitianga side-trips: Cathedral Cove Walk (in Hahei) and Hot Water Beach (in Hot Water Beach). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Stu's Wild Pig Farm, indulge in some personalized pampering at The Lost Spring, take in the waterfront at Ferry Landing Wharf, and kick back and relax at Lonely Bay.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Whitianga tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Whitianga takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Paihia.
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Paihia — 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Whangarei Falls and The Parrot Place. Get in touch with nature at Swim with Dolphins and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Whangarei (NZ Fudge Farm & Whangarei Quarry Gardens), Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi) and The Kauri Museum (in Matakohe). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Whitianga to Paihia in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Dec 4 — 9:

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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