57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Wellington
— 4 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 4 nights
Drive
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Te Anau
— 5 nights
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Stewart Island
— 1 night
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Queenstown
— 7 nights
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Picton
— 1 night
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Taupo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
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Hamilton
— 2 nights
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Paihia
— 5 nights
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Auckland
— 6 nights
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Wellington

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wellington: Nga Manu Nature Reserve (in Waikanae), Martinborough (Poppies Martinborough & Martinborough Wine Tours) and Southward Car Museum (in Paraparaumu). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Wellington tour itinerary planning website.

Linton, UK to Wellington is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Linton to Wellington is 12 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Linton in July; daily highs in Wellington reach 14°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wineries · Wildlife

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 4 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, &more) and Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef).

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) sightseeing planner.

Getting from Wellington to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

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Te Anau

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Te Anau: Milford Sound (Milford sound Hwy & Boat Tours & Water Sports). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, get outside with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, and relax and rejuvenate at Fiordland Massage Clinic.

For photos and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau day trip website.

Explore your travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Stewart Island.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Stewart Island

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then step off the mainland to explore Ulva Island.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Stewart Island itinerary maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Stewart Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Stewart Island

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks
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Queenstown

— 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: UnderDog Sled Dog Tours (in Cardrona) and Wanaka (Snow Farm NZ & Aitken's Folly Vineyard). On the 6th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, explore and take pictures at Coronet Peak, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Stewart Island to Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Picton.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Picton

— 1 night

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): trek along Queen Charlotte Track.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Picton tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Picton takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can fly to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Picton

Trails · Outdoors · Parks
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Tongariro National Park

— 5 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 14th (Sat), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, hit the slopes at Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu, and stroll through Ridge Track.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park tour itinerary tool.

Fly from Picton to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports
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Taupo

— 6 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: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, view the masterpieces at L'Arte, push the limits with an extreme tour, and grab your bike and head to Great Lake Trail.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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Rotorua

— 6 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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Waitomo Caves

— 3 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: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, head outdoors with Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, examine the collection at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition, and admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves travel route builder tool.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

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Hamilton

— 2 nights

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Classics Museum, make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set, and then admire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum and then get outside with Raglan Rock.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Hamilton

Museums · Outdoors · Parks

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Paihia

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Russell (Tapeka Point Track & Nancy Fladgate Track), The Northland Firehouse Museum Trust (in Kaikohe) and Northland Dive (in Whangaruru). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tee off at Waitangi Golf Club, and trek along Hongi Hika Walk.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Hamilton to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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Auckland

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Waiheke Island (Wine Tours & Tastings & Connells Bay Sculpture Park) and Of Hand & Heart (in Warkworth). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, and learn about all things military at Auckland Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Auckland driving holiday planner.

Getting from Paihia to Auckland by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Auckland sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Wineries · Zoos & Aquariums

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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.