58 days in New Zealand Itinerary

58 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand route planner

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Queenstown
— 6 nights
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Te Anau
— 5 nights
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Wanaka
— 6 nights
Bus
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Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive
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Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 3 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Taupo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive
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Whitianga
— 3 nights
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Auckland
— 5 nights
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Paihia
— 4 nights
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Queenstown

— 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.
You've added Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, Lake Wakatipu, Paddle Queenstown, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get outdoors at Ben Lomond Track and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moke Lake and Crown Range Road. Step out of Queenstown to go to Cromwell and see Roaring Wine Tours, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: hike along Mt Crichton Loop Track, play a few rounds at Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown, explore the landscape on two wheels at Queenstown Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Hayes Walkway.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planning website.

Brussels, Belgium to Queenstown is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Queenstown is 11 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

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Te Anau

— 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lake Gunn as well as Milford Sound. Step off the beaten path and head to The Chasm Walk and Milford sound Hwy. Get in touch with nature at Doubtful Sound and Lake Te Anau. On the 6th (Sun), hike the day away at Kepler Track. It doesn't end there: trek along Mirror Lakes Walk.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau vacation planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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Wanaka

— 6 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.
You've now added Otago Peninsula to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Lake Wanaka. Discover out-of-the-way places like Parasailing & Paragliding and Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks. Change things up with a short trip to Roaring Billy Falls in Haast (about 1h 30 min away). Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring nature at Mount Aspiring National Park. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Fantail Falls, take a memorable drive along Haast Pass, hike along Rob Roy Track, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Isthmus Peak Track.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Wanaka vacation planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Wanaka. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Fox Glacier

— 2 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
You've now added Franz Josef Glacier to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Tatare Tunnels Walk and Peters Pool Walk. Step out of the city life by going to Minnehaha Walk and Callery Gorge Walk. It doesn't end there: hike along Sentinel Rock Walk and tour the pleasant surroundings at Roberts Point Track.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier trip itinerary maker app.

Take a bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

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Christchurch

— 3 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cave Stream Scenic Reserve as well as Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, explore the striking landscape at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), and then experience the excitement of Velocity Karts. On your second day here, take a stroll through Port Hills, stroll through Corsair Bay, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cave Stream Scenic Reserve.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Christchurch takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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Wellington

— 3 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Old St Paul's. Step off the beaten path and head to Safaris and Lyall Bay. There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, explore the striking landscape at Red Rocks Reserve, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Wellington online route planner.

Getting from Christchurch to Wellington by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Wellington when traveling from Christchurch in November, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Tongariro National Park

— 5 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get a sense of the local culture at Active Outdoor Adventures and Mangawhero Falls. Get outdoors at Tawhai Falls and Whakapapa Nature Walk. Change things up with a short trip to Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead in Ohakune (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: trek along Taranaki Falls and stroll through Rotopounamu Track.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can take a shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

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Taupo

— 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Waipahihi Botanical Gardens and Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve and Huka Falls. Visiting Huka Falls Walkway and The Kinloch Club Golf Course will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: trek along Great Lake Trail, join the crowd at Formula Challenge Racing, tee off at 9 Hole Golf Course, and view the masterpieces at L'Arte.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo day trip planning tool.

You can take a shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Golf

Side Trips

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Waitomo Caves

— 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Te Toto Gorge Lookout and Ruapuke Beach. Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, pause for some photo ops at Statue of shearer, and see the interesting displays at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Rotorua

— 6 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.
You've now added Waimangu Volcanic Valley to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Eat Street and Te Puia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mount Maunganui Base Track and Horseback Riding Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Mount Maunganui (Pilot Bay & Mount Maunganui Summit Track). There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

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Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

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Whitianga

— 3 nights
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Relax by the water at Hahei Beach Walk and Hot Water Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cave Cruzer and Whiti Farm Park. When in Whitianga, make a side trip to see Cathedral Cove Walk in Hahei, approximately Hahei away. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve and stroll through Mill Creek Bird & Animal Encounters.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Whitianga sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Whitianga in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Whitianga can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

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Auckland

— 5 nights

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bethells Beach and Takapuna Beach. Get in touch with nature at Muriwai Gannet Colony and Browns Bay Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Muriwai Beach Horse Treks (in Muriwai Beach) and Soljans Estate Winery (in Kumeu). There's still lots to do: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and enjoy some music at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Auckland road trip planner.

You can drive from Whitianga to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Whitianga in December, you will find days in Auckland are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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Paihia

— 4 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation. and Oneroa Bay. Visiting Swim with Dolphins and Russell Nature Walks will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Paihia: Kerikeri (Manginangina Kauri Walk & Puketi Nature Trail). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through The Parrot Place and stroll around Waitangi Mountain Bike Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Paihia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

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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.