59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 10 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 7 nights
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Great Barrier Island
— 3 nights
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Whitianga
— 7 nights
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Whangarei
— 16 nights
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Wanaka
— 11 nights

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Auckland

Auckland ©

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Tree Adventures (in Woodhill), Waiheke Community Art Gallery (in Waiheke Island) and Shakespear Regional Park (in Whangaparaoa). There's still lots to do: make a trip to SkyTower, enjoy some music at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, shop like a local with Devonport, and learn about all things military at Auckland Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland itinerary builder website.

Birmingham, UK to Auckland is an approximately 30-hour combination of train and flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Birmingham to Auckland due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Birmingham, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 14:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Waitomo Caves: Waitanguru Falls (in Piopio), Three Sisters (in Tongaporutu) and Mokau Museum and Gallery (in Mokau). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, explore the landscape on two wheels at Timber Trail NZ, and surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours.

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

Drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Great Barrier Island.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 21:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

3
nights
Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island ©
Great Barrier Island is known for nightlife, wildlife, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Glenfern Sanctuary, make a trip to Station Rock Lookout, trek along Aotea Track, and cast your line with Hooked on Barrier.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Great Barrier Island trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Waitomo Caves to Great Barrier Island. On the 25th (Thu), you're off to Whitianga.

Things to do in Great Barrier Island

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 25:
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Glenfern Sanctuary ©
Glenfern Sanctuary
Kaitoke Hot Springs ©
Kaitoke Hot Springs

7
nights
Whitianga

Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whitianga: Hahei (Hahei Beach Walk & Cathedral Cove Walk), Thames (Watercolor Studio Gallery, Thames School of Mines and Mineralogical Museum, &more) and Hot Water Beach (in Hot Water Beach). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour in style with Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, enjoy the sand and surf at Otama Beach, and make a trip to The Lost Spring.

To find out how to plan a trip to Whitianga, use our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Barrier Island to Whitianga. March in Whitianga sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Whangarei.

Things to do in Whitianga

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — Apr 1:
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
The Lost Spring ©
The Lost Spring
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk

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Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Get out of town with these interesting Whangarei side-trips: Paihia (Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Bay of Islands Kayaking, &more), Ocean Beach (in Whangarei Heads) and Kerikeri (Hongi Hika Walk, The Parrot Place, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through Bream Head Coast Walks, see the vivid underwater world at Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve, steep yourself in history at Pompallier Mission and Printery, and kick your exploration up a notch at Adventure Forest.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Whangarei trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Whitianga to Whangarei takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 17:
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Bay of Islands Kayaking ©
Bay of Islands Kayaking

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Wanaka: Daniel O'Connell Bridge (in Ophir), Te Anau (Milford Sound, Gertrude Saddle, &more) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring nature at Mount Aspiring National Park. On the 25th (Sun), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Wanaka, grab your bike and head to Otago Central Rail Trail, hit the best photo ops around with Ridgeline Adventures, and learn about winemaking at Rippon Vineyard.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Wanaka trip planner.

You can fly from Whangarei to Wanaka in 8.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Mount Aspiring National Park ©
Mount Aspiring National Park

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