45 days in New Zealand Itinerary

45 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Queenstown
— 4 nights
2
Te Anau
— 5 nights
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
4
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
5
Christchurch
— 4 nights
6
Wellington
— 4 nights
7
Whakapapa
— 4 nights
8
Taupo
— 5 nights
9
Kerikeri
— 4 nights
10
Auckland
— 4 nights

4
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, push the limits with an extreme tour, and have fun at Break One.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary planning tool.

Toronto, Canada to Queenstown is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 17 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Zipline
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines

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.
When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, approximately Milford away. On the 3rd (Mon), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, and hike along Kepler Track.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Te Anau trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 3:
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mt. Cook Village: Lake Tekapo (in Lake Tekapo) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Hooker Valley Track, Sealy Tarns Track, &more). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski The Tasman, look and learn at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, and trek along Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mt. Cook Village trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

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 Fox Glacier with an excursion to Franz Josef Glacier in Franz Josef--about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk, hike along Minnehaha Walk, go for a walk through River Walk, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier holiday builder website.

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 11:
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Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

4
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa), Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Geraldine Observatory (in Geraldine). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, go from sight to sight with TranzAlpine Train, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, and meet the residents at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip builder website.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Christchurch by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Christchurch are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Little River Gallery, Ohinetahi Garden, Geraldine Observatory
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 15:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Wellington side-trips: Picton (Queen Charlotte Track & Marlborough Sounds). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, and go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Wellington trip builder.

You can fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Wellington, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Picton, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 19:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds

4
nights
Whakapapa

The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
Get out of town with these interesting Whakapapa side-trips: Tongariro National Park (Ohakune Old Coach Road & Horsemtrails) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi). There's lots more to do: stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, and trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Whakapapa route planner.

You can drive from Wellington to Whakapapa in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 23:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

5
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Rotorua (Zipline, Redwoods Treewalk, &more). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, tour the pleasant surroundings at Huka Falls Walkway, and find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Taupo vacation planner.

You can drive from Whakapapa to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 28:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

4
nights
Kerikeri

Kerikeri ©
Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. Change things up with these side-trips from Kerikeri: Urupukapuka Island (in Paihia) and Tapeka Point Track (in Russell). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kerikeri driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Kerikeri takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Paihia, Haruru Falls, Tapeka Point Track
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 3:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Waiheke Island). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to SkyTower, grab your bike and head to Nelson Street Cycleway, have some family-friendly fun at Sky Screamer Reverse Bungy, and head off the coast to Waiheke Island.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland trip planner.

You can fly from Kerikeri to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Hamilton Gardens, Stockade Hill, Wine Tours & Tastings, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 7:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens

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