33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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1
Auckland
— 1 night
2
Matamata
— Few hours
3
Waiheke Island
— 1 night
4
Rotorua
— 1 night
5
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
6
Taupo
— 2 nights
7
Christchurch
— 1 night
8
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
9
Queenstown
— 3 nights
10
Te Anau
— 2 nights
11
Akaroa
— 1 night
12
Milford Sound
— 1 night
13
Hot Water Beach
— 3 nights
14
Cromwell
— 3 nights
15
Whangarei Heads
— 1 night
16
Paihia
— 3 nights
17
Anakiwa
— 1 night
18
Renwick
— 1 night
19
Blenheim
— 3 nights

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Auckland

Auckland ©
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.
SkyTower has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): get impressive views of Mount Eden and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland trip builder site.

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Auckland is 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around °C, while days are little chillier, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Matamata.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

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Matamata

Matamata ©
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. On the 2nd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Matamata road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Matamata takes 2 hours. When traveling from Auckland in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Matamata: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Waiheke Island.
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 3:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

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Waiheke Island

Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
Wine Tours & Tastings has been added to your itinerary.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Waiheke Island trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matamata to Waiheke Island takes 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Waiheke Island can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Tours Wineries
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 3:
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Wine Tours & Tastings

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes OGO Rotorua.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Waiheke Island to Rotorua takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. December in Rotorua sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Spas Nature
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village ©
Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
Thermal Spas

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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 5th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thenlet the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll through Ruakuri Walk.

To find out how to plan a trip to Waitomo Caves, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Lava Glass, explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort.

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

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:
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Lava Glass ©
Lava Glass
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Craters of the Moon ©
Craters of the Moon

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 8th (Sat), see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, meet the residents at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, have fun at Velocity Karts, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral, and finally shop like a local with Cashel Street.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Christchurch takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In December, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:
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International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Cardboard Cathedral ©
Cardboard Cathedral

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Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
On the 9th (Sun), see the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, hike along Hooker Valley Track, and then head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village trip planner.

Getting from Christchurch to Mt. Cook Village by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Hooker Valley Track
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre ©
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Below Zero Ice Bar, Skyline Queenstown and River Rafting & Tubing. Take a break from the city and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Speed Boats Tours. Peregrine Wines and St Peter's Anglican Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, view the masterpieces at Hetties Rock & Crystal Shop, explore the galleries of The Ivy Box, and look for gifts at DF Souvenirs.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown online attractions planner.

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Queenstown in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Shopping Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

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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.
Doubtful Sound has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, thenHead underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and then explore the activities along Milford Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): play a few rounds at Te Anau Golf Club, contemplate the waterfront views at Ivan Wilson Park, thenstop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, and finally see the interesting displays at Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau itinerary tool.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Akaroa.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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Akaroa

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dolphin & Whale Watching. On the 15th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of Tane, take an in-depth tour of Akaroa Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at The Giants House, thenlook for gifts at Fire & Ice - Gemstone Jewellery Specialists, thenget a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally stop by Blue Pearls Gallery. On your second day here, experience rural life at Manderley Farm, thentake in nature's colorful creations at The Garden at French Farm, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Akaroa vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Te Anau to Akaroa in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Akaroa sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Milford Sound.

Things to do in Akaroa

Tours Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Little River
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Little River Gallery ©
Little River Gallery
Kayaking & Canoeing

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Milford Sound

Milford Sound ©
Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Milford Track. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): hike along Milford Track. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory and then explore the activities along Monkey Creek.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Milford Sound day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Akaroa to Milford Sound in 7.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Hot Water Beach.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Milford Track
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Track ©
Milford Track
Monkey Creek ©
Monkey Creek

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Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach ©
Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
You've now added Hot Water Beach to your itinerary. On the 19th (Wed), kick back and relax at Hahei Beach Walk, go for a walk through Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve, do a tasting at Purangi Estate Limited, thenview the masterpieces at The Little Gallery, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Water Beach. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Sailors Grave, identify plant and animal life at The Butterfly and Orchid Garden, and then stroll through Whangamata Beach.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hot Water Beach online tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Milford Sound to Hot Water Beach with the Route module. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Cromwell.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tairua, Whitianga, Hahei Beach Walk, Whangamata Beach, The Butterfly and Orchid Garden
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
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Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk

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Cromwell

Cromwell ©
Cromwell is a town in Central Otago in the Otago region of New Zealand.Cromwell is between State Highway 6 (linking to Wanaka, 50 km north, and Queenstown, 60 km west) and State Highway 8 leading to the Lindis Pass, 75 km northeast, and Alexandra, 33 km south. On the 22nd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Wanaka, thendo a tasting at Rippon Vineyard, thensee the interesting displays at National Transport and Toy Museum, and finally look for gifts at Lorimer Shop and Post. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Domain Road Vineyard, steep yourself in history at Bendigo Historic Reserve, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Iron Track, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cromwell travel planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hot Water Beach to Cromwell. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Whangarei Heads.

Things to do in Cromwell

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Wanaka, Lorimer Shop and Post, Bendigo Historic Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Rippon Vineyard ©
Rippon Vineyard
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

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Whangarei Heads

Whangarei Heads ©
Whangarei Heads is a locality and promontory on the northern side of the Whangarei Harbour in Northland, New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Waipu Caves Track, explore the fascinating underground world of Waipu Cave, thensee the interesting displays at Waipu Museum, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Smugglers Bay Loop Track, and finally kick back and relax at Ocean Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Whangarei Heads itinerary maker website.

Explore your travel options from Cromwell to Whangarei Heads with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Whangarei Heads

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Waipu
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Waipu Cave ©
Waipu Cave
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
Smugglers Bay Loop Track ©
Smugglers Bay Loop Track

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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.
On the 26th (Wed), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Russell Museum, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Oneroa Bay, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip planner.

Getting from Whangarei Heads to Paihia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Anakiwa.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Russell
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Anakiwa

Anakiwa ©
On the 29th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Davies Bay Campsite, take some stellar pictures from Onahau Point Lookout, and then browse the exhibits of Shark Nett Gallery.

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

The Route module can help you plan travel from Paihia to Anakiwa. In December, daily temperatures in Anakiwa can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Renwick.

Things to do in Anakiwa

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Shark Nett Gallery, Onahau Point Lookout
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Davies Bay Campsite ©
Davies Bay Campsite
Onahau Point Lookout ©
Onahau Point Lookout

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Renwick

Renwick ©
Renwick is a small town in Marlborough, New Zealand, close to the south bank of the Wairau River. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): do a tasting at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, thenlearn about winemaking at Framingham Wines, and then identify plant and animal life at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Renwick day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Anakiwa to Renwick takes an hour. In December, daytime highs in Renwick are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Renwick

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Forrest Wines Cellar Door ©
Forrest Wines Cellar Door
Framingham Wines ©
Framingham Wines

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Blenheim

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
On the 31st (Mon), stop by The Vines Village, stop by No.1 Family Estate, learn about winemaking at Spy Valley Wines, thenlearn about winemaking at Cloudy Bay, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Whites Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Blenheim tour planner.

Blenheim is very close to Renwick. In December, daytime highs in Blenheim are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Cloudy Bay ©
Cloudy Bay

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