57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Auckland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
3
Hamilton
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Rotorua
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Gisborne
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Napier
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Blenheim
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Wanaka
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
9
Queenstown
— 6 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
10
Te Anau
— 5 nights
11
Dunedin
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
12
Christchurch
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
13
Palmerston North
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
14
Wellington
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Durban

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tiritiri Matangi Island and Cornwall Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower, cruise along Waitakere Ranges, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland day trip website .

Durban, South Africa to Auckland is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Durban to Auckland. While traveling from Durban, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Arataki Visitor Centre
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 6:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Paihia Harbour and Whangarei Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Town Basin (in Whangarei) and Ruapekapeka Pa Track (in Kawakawa). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, do a tasting at Byrne Northland Wines, and admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia road trip app .

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Whangarei, Kawakawa
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 9:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Whangarei Falls ©
Whangarei Falls

2
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, then see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, and finally walk around Victoria on the River. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Hamilton Zoo, then walk around Hamilton Lake Domain, and then admire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Paihia to Hamilton in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Rotorua.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Bridal Veil Falls, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 11:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Hamilton Lake Domain ©
Hamilton Lake Domain
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

5
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseback Riding Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Mt Maunganui Main Beach (in Mount Maunganui) and Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway, Aratiatia Rapids, & more). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and steep yourself in history at Government Gardens.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua tour itinerary tool .

You can take a bus from Hamilton to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In June in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Gisborne.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Mt Maunganui Main Beach, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
nights
Gisborne

Gisborne
A holiday in Gisborne incorporates both leisure and culture.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Makorori Beach and then delve into the lush surroundings at Te Urewera National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): have some family-friendly fun at Gisborne i-SITE Mini Golf, then learn about winemaking at Kirkpatrick Estate Winery, then explore and take pictures at Station Life In Rural New Zealand, and finally take in the waterfront at Oneroa cycleway/ walkway.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gisborne trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Rotorua to Gisborne in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Napier.

Things to do in Gisborne

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Te Urewera National Park
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 18:

3
nights
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Te Mata Peak and Bluff Hill Lookout. There's still lots to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, do a tasting at Mission Estate Winery, stop by St Beads - Bead Store, and don't miss a visit to Marine Parade.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Napier trip planner.

Drive from Gisborne to Napier in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Blenheim.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Hastings, Cape Kidnappers
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Wine Tours & Tastings
Bluff Hill Lookout ©
Bluff Hill Lookout

4
nights
Blenheim

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Queen Charlotte Sound. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blenheim: Nelson (World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum, Christ Church Cathedral, & more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, do a tasting at Wither Hills Cellar Door, head outdoors with Marlborough Aero Club, and look for gifts at Blue Penguin New Zealand Gifts.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Blenheim driving holiday planner .

Getting from Napier to Blenheim by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Blenheim are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nelson, Picton, Yealands Estate Winery
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

4
nights
Wanaka

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wanaka and Puzzling World. Step out of Wanaka with an excursion to Lake Hawea Lookout in Albert Town--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: hike along Roys Peak Track, go for a walk through Beacon Point Walk, see the interesting displays at National Transport and Toy Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Wanaka trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Blenheim to Wanaka in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Lake Hawea Lookout
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 30:
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Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glenorchy-Queenstown Road and Queenstown Hill. On the 5th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Coronet Peak. There's lots more to do: grab your bike and head to Otago Central Rail Trail, head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, get your game on at Fear Factory Queenstown, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Queenstown visit planning app .

Take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Otago Central Rail Trail, Arrowtown Village
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 6:
Highlights from your plan
Otago Central Rail Trail ©
Otago Central Rail Trail
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road ©
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

5
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Te Anau and The Chasm Walk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Te Anau: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Manapouri) and Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound). Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). On the 10th (Wed), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument, and get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau holiday planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Routeburn Track, Bowen Falls, Kayaking & Canoeing
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moeraki Boulders and The World's Steepest Street. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dunedin: Nugget Point Lighthouse (in Millers Flat), Shag Point Nature Reserve (in Palmerston) and Nugget Point/Tokata Walks (in Balclutha). The adventure continues: tour in style with a train tour, examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Penguin Place, and take some stellar pictures from Signal Hill.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dunedin trip itinerary builder app .

Take a bus from Te Anau to Dunedin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Port Chalmers' Seafaring Museum, Moeraki Boulders Beach, Nugget Point/Tokata Walks, Shag Point Nature Reserve, Nugget Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Dunedin Botanic Garden ©
Dunedin Botanic Garden
Moeraki Boulders Beach ©
Moeraki Boulders Beach
Rail Tours

4
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Quake City. Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Akaroa (The Giant's House, Woolworx, & more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, go for a walk through Banks Peninsula, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Christchurch trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Dunedin to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. July in Christchurch sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Palmerston North.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Akaroa
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Banks Peninsula
Banks Peninsula

3
nights
Palmerston North

Palmerston North ©
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Discover out-of-the-way places like Victoria Esplanade Gardens and The Steps of Lindos. Venture out of the city with trips to Whanganui (Durie Hill Elevator, Quartz Museum, & more) and Foxton (Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom & Foxton Beach). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, see the interesting displays at Te Manawa, and stop by Waireka Honey Centre.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Christchurch to Palmerston North takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Christchurch in July, Palmerston North is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Whanganui, Foxton, Coach House Museum
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Lake ©
Virginia Lake
Te Manawa ©
Te Manawa
Durie Hill Elevator ©
Durie Hill Elevator

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Queen Charlotte Track and Parliament Buildings. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), browse the collection at Wellington City Library, take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, and contemplate the long history of Wellington Cable Car.

You can plan Wellington trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Palmerston North to Wellington takes 2 hours. In July in Wellington, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 8°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Queen Charlotte Track
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:
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Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay

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