58 days in New Zealand Itinerary

58 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Dunedin
— 4 nights
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Te Anau
— 6 nights
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Wanaka
— 5 nights
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Queenstown
— 7 nights
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5
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
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Kaikoura
— 2 nights
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Blenheim
— 3 nights
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Napier
— 2 nights
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Taupo
— 4 nights
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
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Whitianga
— 4 nights
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Paihia
— 6 nights
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Dunedin

— 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Otago Peninsula and Penguin Place. Step off the beaten path and head to Nugget Point/Tokata Walks and Toitu Otago Settlers Museum. Take a break from Dunedin with a short trip to Nugget Point Lighthouse in Ahuriri Flat, about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: trek along Tunnel Beach Track, get a new perspective on nature at Otago Museum, examine the collection at The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery, and stroll through The Royal Albatross Centre.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dunedin itinerary maker tool.

Brussels, Belgium to Dunedin is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 11 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

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Te Anau

— 6 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Doubtful Sound and The Chasm Walk. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Te Anau and Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 5th (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, trek along Mirror Lakes Walk, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Marian Track.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau online attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Dunedin to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Wanaka

— 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wanaka and Blue Pools Track. Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring nature at Mount Aspiring National Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Mount Iron Track, examine the collection at The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Wanaka trip itinerary maker app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Wanaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
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Queenstown

— 7 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 a sense of the local culture at Wine Tours & Tastings and Arrowtown Chinese Settlement. Take a break from the city and head to Glenorchy-Queenstown Road and Ben Lomond Track. On the 17th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, make a trip to Arrowtown Village, stroll through Queenstown Hill, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip maker app.

Getting from Wanaka to Queenstown by bus takes about 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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Fox Glacier

— 4 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Escape the urban bustle at Hooker Valley Track and West Coast Wildlife Centre. Step off the beaten path and head to Helicopter Tours and Lake Matheson Walk. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Fox Glacier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

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Kaikoura

— 2 nights
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 24th (Wed), savor the flavors at Beer School, then stroll through Peninsula Seal Colony, and then hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohau Stream Walk, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kaikoura trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Kaikoura in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours
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Blenheim

— 3 nights
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wine Tours & Tastings and Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. Visiting Queen Charlotte Sound and Boat Tours & Water Sports will get you outdoors. It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Wither Hills Cellar Door and take an in-depth tour of Edwin Fox Maritime Museum.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Blenheim road trip app.

Getting from Kaikoura to Blenheim by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Blenheim can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Napier.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Parks

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Napier

— 2 nights
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Te Mata Peak and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Gannet Safaris Overland. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Marine Parade and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Napier trip planner.

Fly from Blenheim to Napier in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Napier

Tours · Wildlife · Wineries · Outdoors

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Taupo

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mount Ruapehu and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Get outdoors at Te Porere Redoubt and Tama Lakes. There's much more to do: trek along Huka Falls Walkway, relax and rejuvenate at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, laugh and play at Huka Prawn Park, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Napier to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mt Maunganui Main Beach and River Rafting & Tubing. Do some cultural sightseeing at Volcanic Hills Winery and Eat Street. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Base Track & Mount Maunganui Summit Track). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, don't miss a visit to Te Puia, stroll through Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rotorua trip planning website.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Rotorua sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Waitomo Caves

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours and Marakopa Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Ruakuri Walk and Ruakuri Cave. It doesn't end there: Head underground at Caveworld and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves online itinerary planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
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Whitianga

— 4 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. Step off the beaten path and head to The Lost Spring and Hauraki Rail Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whitianga: Hahei Beach Walk (in Hahei), Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway (in Waihi) and Opoutere Surf Beach (in Opoutere). It doesn't end there: deepen your understanding of the past and present with Cave Cruzer and relax in the rural setting at Whiti Farm Park.

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Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Whitianga takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Whitianga are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Paihia

— 6 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.
Visiting Swim with Dolphins and Whangarei Falls will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Kauri Museum and Pompallier Mission and Printery. Venture out of the city with trips to Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi) and Whangarei (Kiwi North - Kiwi House, Museum & Heritage Park & Town Basin). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Paihia Harbour, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, and take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Paihia trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Whitianga to Paihia in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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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.