57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
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Taupo
— 4 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
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Wellington
— 3 nights
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Te Anau
— 5 nights
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
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Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
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Wanaka
— 5 nights
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Paihia
— 5 nights
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Waiheke Island
— 3 nights
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Auckland
— 7 nights

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glowing Adventures and Ngarunui Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Caveworld and Ruakuri Walk. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, explore the striking landscape at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, and see the interesting displays at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition.

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New York City, USA to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 21:
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Glowing Adventures ©
Glowing Adventures
Ngarunui Beach ©
Ngarunui Beach
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

6
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Rotorua

Rotorua ©

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pilot Bay and Mount Maunganui Base Track. Get some cultural insight at Volcanic Hills Winery and Government Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Mt Maunganui Main Beach (in Mount Maunganui), the Zeus Gallery (in Tauranga) and Ohope Beach (in Whakatane). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, kick your exploration up a notch at Velocity Valley, and explore the striking landscape at Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Rotorua are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 27:
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Pilot Bay ©
Pilot Bay
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Katoa Lake Rotorua ©
Katoa Lake Rotorua

4
nights
Taupo

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Tongariro National Trout Centre. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Change things up with a short trip to Marine Parade in Napier (about 1h 45 min away). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo, cool off at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Taupo trip itinerary app.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 1:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour and Mount Ruapehu. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Army Museum and Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial. On the 3rd (Sat), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 4th (Sun), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ridge Track, hike along Te Porere Redoubt, and explore and take pictures at Ohakune Old Coach Road.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip site.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 5:
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing

3
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Wellington

Wellington

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Staglands Wildlife Reserve and Space Place at Carter Observatory. Get some cultural insight at Cable Car Museum and National War Memorial. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, and catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Wellington online trip builder.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daytime highs in Wellington are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Staglands Wildlife Reserve ©
Staglands Wildlife Reserve
Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay

5
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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 Routeburn Track and Lake Te Anau. Get outdoors at Doubtful Sound and Te Anau Glowworm Caves. When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound, approximately Milford Sound away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, relax and rejuvenate at Fiordland Massage Clinic, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and see the world from above with Southern Lakes Helicopters.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Te Anau in 7 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 13:
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Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track
Southern Lakes Helicopters ©
Southern Lakes Helicopters
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

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Queenstown

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get outdoors at The Remarkables Ski Area and Coronet Peak. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nomad Safaris and Skydiving. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Queenstown travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road ©
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road

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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Take a break from the city and head to Hooker Valley Track and Helicopter Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Matheson Walk and Skydive Fox Glacier. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fox Glacier: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Glencoe Walk & Kea Point Track) and Okarito Kayaks (in Okarito). The adventure continues: hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, take in the pleasant sights at River Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier travel planner.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Fox Glacier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cardrona Alpine Resort and Snow Farm NZ. Get some cultural insight at National Transport and Toy Museum and Wine Tours & Tastings. There's still lots to do: hit the best photo ops around with Ridgeline Adventures, fly down the slopes at Wanaka, stroll through Mount Iron Track, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Wanaka trip planner.

Take a bus from Fox Glacier to Wanaka in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Cardrona Alpine  Resort ©
Cardrona Alpine Resort
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

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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.
Get outdoors at The Parrot Place and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Town Basin and Byrne Northland Wines. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve) and Whangarei Falls (in Whangarei). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Bay of Islands, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip planner.

Fly from Wanaka to Paihia in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 2:
Highlights from your plan
Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Scuba & Snorkeling
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island ©

Island of Wine

Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like EcoZip Adventures and Tantalus Estate Vineyard & Winery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Man O' War Vineyards and Stonyridge Vineyard. There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, learn about winemaking at Te Whau Vineyard, take in the exciting artwork at Waiheke Community Art Gallery, and explore the world behind art at Connells Bay Sculpture Park.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Waiheke Island day trip website.

Getting from Paihia to Waiheke Island by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Waiheke Island can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
EcoZip Adventures ©
EcoZip Adventures
Tantalus Estate Vineyard & Winery ©
Tantalus Estate Vineyard & Winery
Man O' War Vineyards ©
Man O' War Vineyards

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Auckland

Auckland ©

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Piha Beach and Orewa Beach. Get some cultural insight at Wine Tours & Tastings and The Kauri Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: Matakana (Matakana War Memorial & Sculptureum), Tree Adventures (in Woodhill) and Karekare Falls (in Karekare). On the 12th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: hike along Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and look for all kinds of wild species at Muriwai Gannet Colony.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Auckland trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Waiheke Island to Auckland in 2 hours. When traveling from Waiheke Island in August, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 54°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Skydive Auckland ©
Skydive Auckland
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach

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