45 days in New Zealand Itinerary

45 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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45 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  26​h
1
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Christchurch
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Wellington
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Whakapapa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Taupo
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Kerikeri
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  2​h 45​min
10
Auckland
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Toronto

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: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Queenstown online vacation planner .

Toronto, Canada to Queenstown is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 17 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford--about 1h 15 min away. On the 3rd (Mon), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, trek along Hollyford Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn, and look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound.

For more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Go for a jaunt from Mt. Cook Village to Lake Tekapo to see Lake Tekapo about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: trek along Hooker Valley Track, stroll through Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village trip itinerary maker app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive 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
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

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.
Fox Glacier is known for trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk, hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier journey planner.

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa), Geraldine Observatory (in Geraldine) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and have some family-friendly fun at Velocity Karts.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Christchurch takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Museums

Side Trips

Ohinetahi Garden, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Geraldine Observatory, Little River Gallery
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, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Wellington. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Picton, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

4
nights
Whakapapa

Step out of Whakapapa with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi--about 34 minutes away.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Whakapapa trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Wellington to Whakapapa takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taupo: Rotorua (Zipline, Redwoods Treewalk, &more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's still lots to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, and stop by Huka Honey Hive.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Taupo visit website .

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can 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
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kerikeri: Urupukapuka Island (in Paihia) and Tapeka Point Track (in Russell). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Kerikeri online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Taupo to Kerikeri by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Paihia, Tapeka Point Track
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 3:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Auckland: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Waiheke Island), Stockade Hill (in Howick) and Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, explore the activities along Devonport, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Nelson Street Cycleway.

To see other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Kerikeri to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Auckland sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Stockade Hill, Cheltenham Beach, Hamilton Gardens, Wine Tours & Tastings
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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