43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

43 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rotorua
— 6 nights
2
Napier
— 4 nights
3
Blenheim
— 5 nights
4
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
5
Fox Glacier
— 5 nights
6
Dunedin
— 5 nights
7
Te Anau
— 7 nights
8
Queenstown
— 7 nights

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Volcanic Hills Winery and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Mt Maunganui Main Beach (in Mount Maunganui), the Zeus Gallery (in Tauranga) and Ohope Beach (in Whakatane). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Eat Street, don't miss a visit to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua travel route tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Rotorua is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in June, things will get colder in Rotorua: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Napier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Ohope Beach, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Jun 25 — Jul 2:
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Ohope Beach ©
Ohope Beach
Eat Street ©
Eat Street

4
nights
Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Bluff Hill Lookout. Step out of Napier with an excursion to Te Mata Peak in Hastings--about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Moana Park Winery, admire the natural beauty at Sunken Gardens, and don't miss a visit to Marine Parade.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Napier online route planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Napier takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Blenheim.

Things to do in Napier

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Hastings, Elephant Hill, Askerne Vineyards
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 6:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Mission Estate Winery ©
Mission Estate Winery
Moana Park Winery ©
Moana Park Winery

5
nights
Blenheim

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen and Wither Hills Cellar Door. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Blenheim: World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum (in Nelson) and Picton (Queen Charlotte Track, Queen Charlotte Sound, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, walk around Pollard Park, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Blenheim online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Napier to Blenheim takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Picton, World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 11:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen ©
Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway and then make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Ohau Stream Walk, thensee majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Blenheim to Kaikoura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:
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Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony

5
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hooker Valley Track and Mount John University Observatory. Explore Fox Glacier's surroundings by going to Kea Point Track (in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)) and Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk, trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier trip planning site.

Drive from Kaikoura to Fox Glacier in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Franz Josef Glacier, Mount John University Observatory
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 18:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Helicopter Tours
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk

5
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Moeraki Boulders Beach and St. Paul's Cathedral. Explore Dunedin's surroundings by going to Katiki Point Lighthouse (in Moeraki), Nugget Point/Tokata Walks (in Balclutha) and Oamaru's Victorian Precinct (in Oamaru). There's lots more to do: get curious at Otago Museum, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, hike along Tunnel Beach Track, and don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street.

Plan my day in Dunedin using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Dunedin in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Oamaru, Katiki Point Lighthouse, Nugget Point/Tokata Walks
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 23:
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Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Moeraki Boulders Beach ©
Moeraki Boulders Beach
Oamaru's Victorian Precinct ©
Oamaru's Victorian Precinct

7
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Homer Tunnel and Kepler Track. Change things up with a short trip to Kayaking & Canoeing in Manapouri (about 50 minutes away). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, stroll through Mirror Lakes Walk, and hike along The Chasm Walk.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau online route planner.

Traveling by bus from Dunedin to Te Anau takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Homer Tunnel, Kayaking & Canoeing
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 30:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

7
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Helicopter Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: Wanaka (Wanaka, Rippon Vineyard, &more). The adventure continues: get outside with Arrowtown Village, take in the awesome beauty at Coronet Peak, take a memorable tour with Tours, and hike along Queenstown Hill.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Queenstown route planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wanaka, Arrowtown Village
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 6:
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Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village
Wine Tours & Tastings
Wanaka ©
Wanaka

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