43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + bus:  32​h
1
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Wanaka
— 4 nights
bus:  4​h
4
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Dunedin
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Wellington
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Turangi
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Rotorua
— 5 nights
9
Auckland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Paihia
— 5 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Tel Aviv

4
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 the city life by going to Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Explore hidden gems such as Lake Te Anau and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Te Anau: Milford Sound (Milford sound Hwy & Pops View Look Out). There's still lots to do: trek along Routeburn Track, pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument, contemplate the waterfront views at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and stroll through Lake Gunn.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Te Anau trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Te Anau is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Lake Gunn, Routeburn Track, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track

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.
Visiting Arrowtown Village and Otago Central Rail Trail will get you outdoors. Visit Fallen Soldiers Memorial and Vesta Design Boutique for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, do a tasting at Stoneridge Estate & Bald Hills Cellar Door, hike along Queenstown Hill, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Arrowtown Village, Otago Central Rail Trail
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Glenorchy-Queenstown Road ©
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
Otago Central Rail Trail ©
Otago Central Rail Trail
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track

4
nights
Wanaka

Wanaka ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Roys Peak Track and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Wanaka and Parasailing & Paragliding. There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, hike along Mount Iron Track, stroll through Blue Pools Track, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Hooker Valley Track and Helicopter Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Matheson Walk and Fox Glacier Hiking Trails. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier, hike along Mount Fox Route, take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, and kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier route planner .

Take a bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Lake Pukaki, Hooker Valley Track
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier

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Dunedin

Dunedin ©
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.
Katiki Point Lighthouse and Olveston Historic Home will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Steampunk HQ and Otago Museum. Step out of Dunedin to go to Oamaru and see Moeraki Boulders Beach, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street, browse the exhibits of Happy Hens, and hike along Tunnel Beach Track.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dunedin day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Dunedin takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Oamaru, Katiki Point Lighthouse
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Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Katiki Point Lighthouse ©
Katiki Point Lighthouse

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old St Paul's and Wellington Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Staglands Wildlife Reserve and Oriental Bay. The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, take a peaceful walk through Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington road trip planning website .

You can fly from Dunedin to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Wellington are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Turangi.

Things to do in Wellington

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Staglands Wildlife Reserve ©
Staglands Wildlife Reserve
Safaris

4
nights
Turangi

Turangi ©
Turangi is a small town on the west bank of the Tongariro River, 50 kilometres south-west of Taupo on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand. Visiting Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Mount Ruapehu will get you outdoors. Taranaki Falls and Rotopounamu Track are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turangi: Ruakuri Cave (in Waitomo Caves) and Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial (in Ohakune). There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Ohakune Old Coach Road, identify plant and animal life at Tongariro National Trout Centre, get around town with Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, and stroll through Whakapapa Nature Walk.

You can plan Turangi trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Drive from Wellington to Turangi in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Turangi

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, Ruakuri Cave, Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

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nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Ohope Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Horseback Riding Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway, Souvenir Outlet, & more), Waitomo Glowworm Caves (in Waitomo Caves) and Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui). Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, stroll through Okere Falls Track, and take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Rotorua road trip site .

Getting from Turangi to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Rotorua are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Okere Falls, Tauranga, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Waitomo Glowworm Caves
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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 a sense of the local culture at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and Foxes Island. Step out of the city life by going to Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre and Arataki Visitor Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Auckland: Piha Beach (in Piha) and Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach). And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach, stop by Pauanesia, and take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rotorua in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Auckland, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Piha, Cheltenham Beach, Muriwai Gannet Colony
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Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station. Get some historical perspective at Pompallier Mission and Printery and Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Russell), The Kauri Museum (in Matakohe) and Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, take a memorable tour with Tours, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and stop by Paihia Bookshop.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paihia vacation planning app .

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri, Tane Mahuta Walk, Whangarei Falls, The Kauri Museum
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 17:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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