57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

5
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Black Diamond Safaris (in Methven), Geraldine (Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum & Geraldine Observatory) and Hanmer Springs (The Decadent Fudge Company, Hanmer Horse Trekking, &more). On the 3rd (Tue), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, admire the natural beauty at Ohinetahi Garden, explore the galleries of Ferrymead Heritage Park, and stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Christchurch trip itinerary maker app.

Edinburgh, UK to Christchurch is an approximately 31-hour flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Christchurch due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Edinburgh in August, with highs in Christchurch at 14°C and lows at 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Transportation · Tours

Side Trips

Hanmer Springs, Geraldine, Black Diamond Safaris, Ohinetahi Garden
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 7:
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Geraldine Observatory ©
Geraldine Observatory
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

4
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Get out of town with these interesting Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) side-trips: Franz Josef (Sentinel Rock Walk, Franz Josef Glacier, &more) and Fox Glacier (ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, Lake Matheson Walk, &more).

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip tool.

Traveling by bus from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef, Lake Pukaki
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:
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Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Te Anau: Milford Sound (Bowen Falls, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). On the 15th (Sun), hike the day away at Kepler Track. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, trek along Mirror Lakes Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mitre Peak.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau tour itinerary site.

Traveling by bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau takes 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 17:
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Mitre Peak ©
Mitre Peak
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Boat Tours & Water Sports

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: Goldfields Mining Centre (in Cromwell), Snow Farm NZ (in Wanaka) and UnderDog Sled Dog Tours (in Cardrona). On the 18th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. There's lots more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, enjoy some diversion at Break One, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Goldfields Mining Centre, Snow Farm NZ, UnderDog Sled Dog Tours, The Remarkable Sweet Shop - Arrowtown Shop
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 23:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

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.
Explore Wellington's surroundings by going to Paraparaumu (Southward Car Museum & Maclean Park Playground) and Queen Charlotte Track (in Picton). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, and contemplate the long history of Katherine Mansfield House and Garden.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington tour planning app.

You can fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Paraparaumu, Wellington Botanic Garden, Pataka Art + Museum, Queen Charlotte Track
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 27:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Southward Car Museum ©
Southward Car Museum

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 1st (Wed), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt, and hit the best photo ops around with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Aug 27 — Sep 1:
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu ©
Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu

6
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Napier (Brookfields Vineyards, National Aquarium of New Zealand, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Huka Falls Walkway, test your problem-solving skills at The Locked Room, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and have fun at Clay Break Taupo.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Taupo day trip tool.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Napier, Lake Taupo
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 7:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Clay Break Taupo ©
Clay Break Taupo

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hamilton (Waikato Museum, Hamilton Gardens, &more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip planner.

Drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Rotorua sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hamilton, Off Road NZ, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 12:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Zipline
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
Take a break from Waitomo Caves with a short trip to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari in Pukeatua, about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, and see the interesting displays at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves vacation planning website.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition, Aranui Cave, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

5
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Waipoua Forest (Waipoua Forest & Four Sisters Walk), Northland Dive (in Whangaruru) and Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi). Next up on the itinerary: take the plunge with Skydive Bay of Islands, get interesting insight from Tours, admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and enjoy some diversion at The Range.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kerikeri tour planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, flight, and car from Waitomo Caves to Kerikeri takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Paihia, Russell, Waipoua Forest, Kaikohe, Kauri Cliffs
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Northland Dive ©
Northland Dive

6
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 out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: EcoZip Adventures (in Oneroa) and Waiheke Island (Connells Bay Sculpture Park & Wine Tours & Tastings). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Creek, take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, and explore and take pictures at Viaduct Harbour.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Kerikeri to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Auckland sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Auckland Region, Senses Massage
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 26:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Skydive Auckland ©
Skydive Auckland

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