58 days in New Zealand Itinerary

58 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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1
Queenstown
— 7 nights
2
Te Anau
— 5 nights
3
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 5 nights
4
Wellington
— 5 nights
5
Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
6
Taupo
— 6 nights
7
Rotorua
— 6 nights
8
Waitomo Caves
— 4 nights
9
Hamilton
— 4 nights
10
Auckland
— 5 nights
11
Paihia
— 5 nights

7
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queenstown: UnderDog Sled Dog Tours (in Cardrona) and Kawarau Suspension Bridge (in Gibbston). On the 6th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. On the 10th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown vacation planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

UnderDog Sled Dog Tours, Kawarau Suspension Bridge
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 12:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound (about 1 hour away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mitre Peak, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, relax and rejuvenate at Fiordland Massage Clinic, and get outside with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau road trip app.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Boat Tours & Water Sports
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 17:
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Mitre Peak ©
Mitre Peak
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Boat Tours & Water Sports

5
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Franz Josef (Sentinel Rock Walk, Franz Josef Glacier, &more) and Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Helicopter Tours, &more).

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) travel planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Wellington.

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

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef, Hapuka Estuary Walk
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 22:
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Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

5
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.
Explore Wellington's surroundings by going to Marlborough Sounds (in Picton) and Southward Car Museum (in Paraparaumu). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Wellington takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In July in Wellington, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Marlborough Sounds, Southward Car Museum, Pataka Art + Museum, Catchpool Loop Walk, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 27:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Southward Car Museum ©
Southward Car Museum
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

5
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
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To see maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park route maker site.

You can fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jul 27 — Aug 1:
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu ©
Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu

6
nights
Taupo

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Huka Falls Walkway, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, test your problem-solving skills at The Locked Room, and take in the natural beauty of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Taupo day trip planning app.

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 7:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Clay Break Taupo ©
Clay Break Taupo

6
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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, test the waters at a local thermal spa, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Rotorua are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Okere Falls Track, Off Road NZ
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 13:
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Horseback Riding Tours
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

4
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.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, hike along Ruakuri Walk, examine the collection at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition, and explore the striking landscape at Hawkes Bay.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves online trip builder.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawkes Bay, Aranui Cave, The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 17:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

4
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hamilton: Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari (in Pukeatua), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Cambridge (The Boatshed Kayaks & The Garden Art Studio). There's lots more to do: walk around Hamilton Gardens, get outside with Raglan Rock, browse the exhibits of Jet Collective, and examine the collection at Thames School of Mines and Mineralogical Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamilton trip planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Raglan, Cambridge, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, Hobbiton Movie Set, Thames School of Mines and Mineralogical Museum
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 21:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum

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.
When in Auckland, make a side trip to see EcoZip Adventures in Oneroa, approximately Oneroa away. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, step off the mainland to explore Hauraki Gulf, make a trip to Alberton, and go for a stroll along the water at Viaduct Harbour.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Auckland day trip planning app.

You can drive from Hamilton to Auckland in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Tours Adventure

Side Trips

EcoZip Adventures, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 26:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Skydive Auckland ©
Skydive Auckland

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Northland Dive (in Whangaruru), Tapeka Point Track (in Russell) and Waipoua Forest (Waipoua Forest & Yakas Walk). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, look for gifts at The Kauri Workshop, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stroll through Kororipo Pa Historic Walk.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Paihia trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Waipoua Forest, Tane Mahuta Walk, Northland Dive, Hone Heke Memorial Park
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 31:
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Northland Dive ©
Northland Dive
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands

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