56 days in New Zealand Itinerary

56 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Te Anau
— 6 nights
2
Queenstown
— 7 nights
3
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 5 nights
4
Christchurch
— 3 nights
5
Wellington
— 3 nights
6
New Plymouth
— 1 night
7
Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
8
Taupo
— 5 nights
9
Rotorua
— 6 nights
10
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
11
Auckland
— 4 nights
12
Paihia
— 6 nights

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Te Anau: Milford Sound (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Milford sound Hwy, &more). Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mitre Peak, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau travel planner.

Metzingen, Germany to Te Anau is an approximately 37-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from Metzingen to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Mitre Peak
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 13:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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.
Go for a jaunt from Queenstown to Glenorchy to see Glenorchy Animal Experience about 48 minutes away. On the 15th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. The adventure continues: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and take a memorable drive along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip planning site.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Glenorchy Animal Experience
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 20:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

5
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Fox Glacier South Side Walk, &more) and Franz Josef (Sentinel Rock Walk, Franz Josef Glacier, &more).

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Christchurch.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 25:
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Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

3
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 27th (Mon), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michaels and All Angels, enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, and examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Christchurch online journey planner.

Traveling by bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch takes 4.5 hours. September in Christchurch sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Ohinetahi Garden
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Christchurch Gondola ©
Christchurch Gondola

3
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.
Take a break from Wellington with a short trip to Kapiti Island Nature Tours in Paraparaumu, about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, pause for some photo ops at John Plimmer Statue, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, and take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Wellington sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in September, Wellington is a bit warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Wildlife · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Kapiti Island Nature Tours, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

1
night
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 2nd (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pukekura Park, then stop by Giles Chocolatier, then get curious at Puke Ariki, and finally take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our New Plymouth holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to New Plymouth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Puke Ariki ©
Puke Ariki

5
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. On the 7th (Thu), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's lots more to do: see the world from above with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park day trip planning tool.

You can drive from New Plymouth to Tongariro National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 7:
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, push the limits with an extreme tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Huka Falls
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 12:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Hamilton (Ruakura Berry Farm & Hamilton Gardens). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip app.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hamilton, Okere Falls, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 18:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

3
nights
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, hike along Ruakuri Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, and admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves day trip planning app.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Aranui Cave
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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.
Step out of Auckland with an excursion to EcoZip Adventures in Oneroa--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, and explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Auckland holiday maker website.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Auckland, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

EcoZip Adventures, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
EcoZip Adventures ©
EcoZip Adventures

6
nights
Paihia

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.
Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Whangarei (Bream Head Coast Walks & Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve), Blue River Orchard (in Waipapa) and Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve (in Russell). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get close to the beloved marine mammals with Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Day Tours, get a bird's-eye view with Salt Air, and take a memorable tour with Skydive Bay of Islands.

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

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Whangarei, Blue River Orchard, Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, Waitangi Mountain Bike Park
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Salt Air ©
Salt Air

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