58 days in New Zealand & Canada Itinerary

58 days in New Zealand & Canada Itinerary

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Paihia, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive
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Whitianga, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Bus
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Wanaka, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dunedin, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly
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Banff National Park, Canada
— 5 nights
Drive
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Jasper National Park, Canada
— 7 nights
Bus to Edmonton, Fly to Niagara-on-the-Lake
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
— 4 nights
Fly
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Quebec City, Canada
— 7 nights
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Paihia, New Zealand

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Swim with Dolphins and Paihia Harbour. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tane Mahuta Walk and The Parrot Place. Change things up with a short trip to Pompallier Mission and Printery in Russell (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Anglican Church, and take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paihia trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Paihia is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 11 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Whitianga.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:

Whitianga, New Zealand

— 3 nights
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Whangamata Beach and Hot Water Beach. Visiting Cathedral Cove Walk and Hahei Beach Walk will get you outdoors. There's more to do: see majestic marine mammals with Cave Cruzer and admire all the interesting features of The Lost Spring.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Whitianga trip tool.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Whitianga takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. October in Whitianga sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and then hike along Ruakuri Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours and then admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip planning site.

You can drive from Whitianga to Waitomo Caves in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, train, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Volcanic Hills Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Summit Track & Mount Maunganui Base Track). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, trot along with a tour on horseback, don't miss a visit to Te Puia, and admire all the interesting features of Government Gardens.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua day trip site.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Rotorua are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 10:

Taupo, New Zealand

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Te Porere Redoubt and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Take a break from the city and head to Huka Falls Walkway and Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort. Next up on the itinerary: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, let the kids burn off some steam at Huka Prawn Park, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Queenstown.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 6 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.
Get in touch with nature at Glenorchy-Queenstown Road and Queenstown Hill. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Chard Farm Winery. On the 19th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronet Peak, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary app.

Getting from Taupo to Queenstown by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 19:

Wanaka, New Zealand

— 3 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Wanaka and Mount Iron Track. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Maori Point Vineyard in Tarras (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Wanaka tour app.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:

Te Anau, New Zealand

— 4 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Doubtful Sound and The Chasm Walk. Escape the urban bustle at Lake Te Anau and Milford Sound. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, relax and rejuvenate at Fiordland Massage Clinic, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau online trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wanaka to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 26:

Dunedin, New Zealand

— 4 nights

Edinburgh of the South

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Otago Peninsula and Penguin Place. Escape the urban bustle at Tunnel Beach Track and The Royal Albatross Centre. Step out of Dunedin with an excursion to Nugget Point/Tokata Walks in Balclutha--about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, learn more about the world around you at Otago Museum, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, and step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Dunedin planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Dunedin with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:

Banff National Park, Canada

— 5 nights
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Icefields Parkway and Natural Bridge. Step out of the city life by going to Emerald Lake and Bow Valley Parkway. Change things up with a short trip to Grassi Lakes in Canmore (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: trek along Tunnel Mountain Trail, learn more about the world around you at Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and explore the activities along Moraine Lake.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Banff National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Dunedin to Banff National Park in 23 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 19 hours traveling from Dunedin to Banff National Park. In November, daytime highs in Banff National Park are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 5:

Jasper National Park, Canada

— 7 nights
The largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, sprawling Jasper National Park encompasses more than 10,000 sq km (4,200 sq mi) of largely unspoiled mountain wilderness.
Get a sense of the local culture at Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives and The Jasper Planetarium. Get in touch with nature at Maligne Lake and Athabasca River. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Sunwapta Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Horseshoe Lake, take a memorable drive along Highway 93A, and stroll through Columbia Ice Field.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Jasper National Park trip app.

Traveling by car from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Banff National Park in December, you will find days in Jasper National Park are a bit warmer (-5°C), and nights are about the same (-18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 12:

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

— 4 nights

Loveliest Town in Canada

In a place calling itself the "Loveliest Town in Canada," vacations in Niagara-on-the-Lake remain a good choice for anyone searching for a relaxed and scenic experience in Canada's wine country.
Take a break from the city and head to Niagara Falls Canada and Journey Behind the Falls. Get some cultural insight at Peller Estates Winery and Niagara on the Lake Heritage District. Step out of Niagara-on-the-Lake to go to Niagara Falls and see Horseshoe Falls, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Reif Estate Winery, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bird Kingdom, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Niagara-on-the-Lake trip tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jasper National Park to Niagara-on-the-Lake in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jasper National Park to Niagara-on-the-Lake. While traveling from Jasper National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ranging from highs of 2°C to lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to fly to Quebec City.

Things to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Wineries · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:

Quebec City, Canada

— 7 nights
With a World Heritage-listed old town, Quebec City remains a walkable and safe hub of culture, commerce, and education offering a blend of fascinating history and a range of tourist-oriented activities.
Get some cultural insight at Old Quebec and Upper Town (Haute-Ville). Get outdoors at Parc de la Chute-Montmorency and Laurentian Mountains. Take a break from Quebec City with a short trip to Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre in Sainte Anne de Beaupre, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Plains of Abraham, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Cathedrale - Notre-Dame-de-Quebec, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Port, and stop by Terrasse Dufferin.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Quebec City road trip tool.

You can fly from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Quebec City in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Quebec City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 23:

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.

Canada travel guide

4.6
Most people remember their holiday in Canada by the country's great outdoors, yet this sprawling land of hulking mountains and rocky coastlines also boasts numerous modern cities, home to some of the world's finest dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Made for leisurely road trips, North America's biggest country features vast landscapes still unspoiled by mass tourism. A tour of Canada reveals a place packed with diverse cultures, living in tolerance and enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world. If the vastness of those natural landscapes overwhelms you at any point during your Canada vacation, head to the openhearted cities of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, ideal destinations for art lovers, history buffs, shopaholics, fashionistas, and impassioned foodies.