57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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1
Auckland
— 5 nights
2
Rotorua
— 6 nights
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
4
Hokitika
— 2 nights
5
Christchurch
— 7 nights
6
Rangiora
— 1 night
7
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
8
Timaru
— 3 nights
9
Dunedin
— 7 nights
10
Te Anau
— 2 nights
11
Queenstown
— 8 nights
12
Wanaka
— 6 nights
13
Paihia
— 5 nights

5
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.
Head to Sculptureum and Ponsonbyfor some retail therapy. You'll get in some beach time at Orewa Beach and Takapuna Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Piha Beach (in Piha), Rummage Matakana (in Matakana) and Tantalus Estate Vineyard & Winery (in Waiheke Island). Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at EcoZip Adventures, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and kick back and relax at Bethells Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Auckland. In September in Auckland, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Matakana, Waiheke Island, Orewa Beach, Piha Beach
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EcoZip Adventures ©
EcoZip Adventures
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach

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 get in some beach time at Papamoa Beach and Ohope Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like 3D Trick Art Gallery and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Maunganui (Mt Maunganui Main Beach, Mount Maunganui Base Track, &more). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, take a stroll through Eat Street, experience rural life at aMAZEme, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Auckland, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Rotorua, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tauranga, Papamoa Beach, Ohope Beach
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 29:
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3D Trick Art Gallery ©
3D Trick Art Gallery
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Statue of shearer, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, thenhike along Ruakuri Walk, and finally get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, and then snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves vacation builder site.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Statue of shearer
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:
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Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk ©
Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk

2
nights
Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Hokitika Gorge Walk, thentrek along Mahinapua Tramline (Mahinapua Walkway), and then see On yer bike! Adventures. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Hokitika Beach, view the masterpieces at Wilderness Gallery, thenstop by The Gold Room, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Monteith's Brewing Company.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hokitika trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Waitomo Caves to Hokitika takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Hokitika

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Greymouth
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:
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Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach

7
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You'll get in some beach time at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) and New Brighton Beach. Head to Re:START and The Palms Shopping Centrefor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Akaroa (The Giants House & Swim with Dolphins). The adventure continues: take a pleasant ride with Rubicon Valley Tourist Centre, examine the collection at Quake City, brush up on your military savvy at Air Force Museum of New Zealand, and admire the masterpieces at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu).

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Christchurch tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Hokitika to Christchurch by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Rangiora.

Things to do in Christchurch

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trip

Akaroa
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 10:
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Re:START ©
Re:START
Swim with Dolphins
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)

1
night
Rangiora

Rangiora ©
On the 11th (Sun), trek along Glentui Loop Track, thensee the interesting displays at Bains Classic Motor House, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Breedenbroek Gardens.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rangiora trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Christchurch to Rangiora in an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Rangiora can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Rangiora

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Bains Classic Motor House
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:
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Glentui Loop Track ©
Glentui Loop Track

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, get interesting insight from Seal Kayak Kaikoura, and then trek along Ohau Stream Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony, thenstop by Kaikoura Cheese, and finally head outdoors with Tinbum Charters.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kaikoura trip planning website.

Drive from Rangiora to Kaikoura in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Timaru.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Trails
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
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Seal Kayak Kaikoura ©
Seal Kayak Kaikoura
Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony
Kaikoura Cheese ©
Kaikoura Cheese

3
nights
Timaru

Timaru ©
Timaru is a port city in the southern Canterbury region of New Zealand, located 157 kilometres southwest of Christchurch and about 196 kilometres northeast of Dunedin on the eastern Pacific coast of the South Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Caroline Bay Beach and Te Ana Maori Rock Art. Head to Aigantighe Art Gallery and York Street Gallery of Fine Artfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Tuesday, relax in the rural setting at Blueberry Haven, admire the natural beauty at Timaru Botanic Gardens, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Caroline Bay Trust Aoraki Centre.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Timaru trip site.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Timaru takes 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Timaru

Museums Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:
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Te Ana Maori Rock Art ©
Te Ana Maori Rock Art
Caroline Bay Beach ©
Caroline Bay Beach
Caroline Bay Trust Aoraki Centre ©
Caroline Bay Trust Aoraki Centre

7
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.
Visit St Clair Beach and Warrington Beach for some beach relaxation. Head to Otago Farmers Market and University Book Shopfor plenty of shopping. Take a break from Dunedin with a short trip to Moeraki Boulders Beach in Oamaru, about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden, and take some stellar pictures from Signal Hill.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Dunedin trip app.

Drive from Timaru to Dunedin in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Moeraki Boulders Beach
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 23:
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Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Otago Farmers Market ©
Otago Farmers Market

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): hike along The Chasm Walk and then add some adventure to your tour with Rosco's Milford Kayaks. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Milford sound Hwy and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by bus from Dunedin to Te Anau takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Milford Sound
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:
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Rosco's Milford Kayaks ©
Rosco's Milford Kayaks
Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

8
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
For shopping fun, head to Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery or Creative Queenstown Arts & Crafts Market. Explore hidden gems such as Beer Tastings & Tours and Glenorchy Animal Experience. On the 27th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. And it doesn't end there: enjoy some diversion at Break One, get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown vacation app.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Glenorchy Animal Experience
Find places to stay Oct 25 — Nov 2:
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
The Remarkable Sweetshop - Queenstown ©
The Remarkable Sweetshop - Queenstown

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wanaka and The Cardrona. The adventure continues: ski along the peaceful trails at Snow Farm NZ, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, stroll through Roys Peak Track, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Wanaka tour planner.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Fishing Charters & Tours
Rippon Vineyard ©
Rippon Vineyard

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Paihia Harbour and Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Day Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery, Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, &more) and Kawiti Caves (in Kawakawa). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Makana Chocolate Boutique, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, see the world from above with Salt Air, and admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip planner.

Getting from Wanaka to Paihia by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Kawakawa
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 13:
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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