59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Auckland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Whangarei
— 1 night
Drive
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Paihia
— 6 nights
Fly
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Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 6 nights
Shuttle
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Taupo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
Fly
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Christchurch
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive
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Queenstown
— 5 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 7 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Wellington
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Wellington
— 4 nights
Fly to Copenhagen, Train to Malmo

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Auckland

— 4 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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to SkyTower, examine the collection at New Zealand Maritime Museum, head off the coast to Rangitoto Island, and learn about all things military at Auckland Museum.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Auckland visit website.

Malmo, Sweden to Auckland is an approximately 33-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 11 hour difference. When traveling from Malmo in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Auckland, with highs around 20°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Whangarei.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wineries

Side Trip

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Whangarei

— 1 night
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. On the 5th (Sun), see the vivid underwater world at Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve and then hike along Bream Head Coast Walks.

Before you visit Whangarei, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Whangarei takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paihia: Russell (Christ Church, Phantom Sailing, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paihia trip itinerary site.

Drive from Whangarei to Paihia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Hamilton.

Things to do in Paihia

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Hamilton

— 1 night

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): grab your bike and head to Hamilton Cycleways and then walk around Hamilton Gardens.

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Traveling by flight from Paihia to Hamilton takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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Highlights from your trip

Waitomo Caves

— 4 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.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip builder website.

You can drive from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

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Tongariro National Park

— 6 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 22nd (Wed), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Te Porere Redoubt. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Active Outdoor Adventures, hike along Tongariro Northern Circuit, stroll through Silica Rapids Track, and explore the activities along Tama Lakes.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park tour itinerary site.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Taupo

— 6 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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, trot along with a tour on horseback, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Christchurch.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Christchurch to Akaroa to see Dolphin & Whale Watching about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, let the kids burn off some steam at Imagination Station, steep yourself in history at Mona Vale, and have fun at Velocity Karts.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Christchurch day trip website.

You can fly from Rotorua to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rotorua in January since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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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.
Fox Glacier is known for trails, adventure, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, stroll through Franz Josef Glacier, take in the pleasant sights at River Walk, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fox Glacier route maker tool.

Getting from Christchurch to Fox Glacier by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

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Queenstown

— 5 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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown journey planner.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Wineries · Parks
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Te Anau

— 7 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.
On the 18th (Tue), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, stroll through Ivan Wilson Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and trek along Kepler Track.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Te Anau route maker app.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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Wellington

— 4 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.
Wellington is known for museums, parks, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, tour the pleasant surroundings at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Wellington tour planning site.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Wellington in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · 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.