54 days in New Zealand Itinerary

54 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand sightseeing planner

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Paihia
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Paihia
— 6 nights
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 6 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 5 nights
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive
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Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Taupo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 5 nights
Drive
10
Waitomo Caves
— 4 nights
Drive
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New Plymouth
— 2 nights
Drive
12
Whitianga
— 1 night
Drive
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Auckland
— 4 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Bristol

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Paihia

— 6 nights
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.
Spend a day of island exploring on the 20th (Thu) at Urupukapuka Island. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take in the pleasant sights at Opua Forest Lookout Track, stroll through Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paihia journey builder.

Bristol, UK to Paihia is an approximately 31.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Bristol to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 23:

Te Anau

— 6 nights
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.
Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 26th (Wed), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, stroll through Ivan Wilson Park, trek along Kepler Track, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Te Anau tour itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Paihia to Te Anau in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 29:

Queenstown

— 5 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Tobins Track in Arrowtown--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planning app.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 3:

Fox Glacier

— 4 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Glencoe Walk & Hooker Valley Track). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Franz Josef Glacier, trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Fox Glacier trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:

Christchurch

— 2 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 8th (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, and finally admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch itinerary planning app.

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, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:

Wellington

— 3 nights

Harbour Capital

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.
Wellington is known for museums, parks, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, tour the pleasant surroundings at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Wellington trip planning site.

Fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Wellington when traveling from Christchurch in February, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:

Tongariro National Park

— 5 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 17th (Thu), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 13th (Sun), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's much more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Ohakune Old Coach Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, and take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tongariro National Park day trip website.

You can fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 17:

Taupo

— 5 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: push the limits with an extreme tour, trek along Huka Falls Walkway, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and examine the collection at Taupo Museum.

Planning Taupo trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 22:

Rotorua

— 5 nights

Sulphur City

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.
Take a break from Rotorua with a short trip to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the masterpieces at Rotorua Museum, and stroll through Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua vacation builder site.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Rotorua sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 22 — 27:

Waitomo Caves

— 4 nights
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.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Ruakuri Walk, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip app.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 3:

New Plymouth

— 2 nights
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, then wander the streets of West End Precinct, and then go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun and explore at Puke Ariki and then get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our New Plymouth online route maker.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to New Plymouth takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 5:

Whitianga

— 1 night
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): test the waters at The Lost Spring and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Whitianga vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from New Plymouth to Whitianga takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. March in Whitianga sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 6:

Auckland

— 4 nights

City of Sails

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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, see the interesting displays at New Zealand Maritime Museum, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and wander the streets of Devonport.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland travel planner.

You can drive from Whitianga to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Whitianga in March, plan for slightly colder days in Auckland, with highs around 22°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 10:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.