59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 5 nights
2
Russell
— 6 nights
3
Kerikeri
— 6 nights
4
Rotorua
— 6 nights
5
Taupo
— 7 nights
6
Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
7
Waitomo Caves
— 4 nights
8
Fox Glacier
— 5 nights
9
Queenstown
— 6 nights
10
Te Anau
— 7 nights

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.
Devonport and Sculptureum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at EcoZip Adventures and Smiths Bush Reserve. Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Waiheke Island (Waiheke Community Art Gallery & Connells Bay Sculpture Park) and The Vivian Gallery (in Matakana). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to SkyTower, buy something for everyone on your list at The Strand Arcade, look for gifts at Devonport Chocolates, and stroll around Little Shoal Bay Reserve.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Auckland is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 11 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in January; daily highs in Auckland reach 22°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Russell.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Matakana, Northcote, Devonport Chocolates, Cheltenham Beach
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Devonport ©
Devonport
EcoZip Adventures ©
EcoZip Adventures
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

6
nights
Russell

Russell ©
Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Pompallier Mission and Printery and Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve will appeal to history buffs. We've included these beaches for you: Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation. and Oneroa Bay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Russell: Paihia (Urupukapuka Island & Opua Forest Lookout Track). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with Phantom Sailing, look for gifts at South Sea Art, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and go for a walk through Bay of Islands Coastal Walkway - Okiato to Russell.

To plan Russell vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Drive from Auckland to Russell in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Russell

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Paihia
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Phantom Sailing ©
Phantom Sailing
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery
Opua Forest Lookout Track ©
Opua Forest Lookout Track

6
nights
Kerikeri

Kerikeri ©
Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Paihia Harbour. Do some cultural sightseeing at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Country Corner. There's much more to do: cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Bay of Islands, indulge your taste buds at Bay of Islands Farmers Market, steep yourself in history at Akeake Historic Reserve Track, and admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kerikeri day trip app.

Traveling by car from Russell to Kerikeri takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Paihia, Blue River Orchard
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands

6
nights
Rotorua

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bay Explorer Island & Wildlife Cruise and Zipline. Get some historical perspective at Te Puia and Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Skydive Tauranga (in Tauranga) and Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Summit Track & Mount Maunganui Base Track). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa, look for all kinds of wild species at Whakaari White Island Volcano, and contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

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

You can fly from Kerikeri to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Rotorua are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tauranga, Okere Falls Track, Whakaari White Island Volcano
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Bay Explorer Island & Wildlife Cruise ©
Bay Explorer Island & Wildlife Cruise
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

7
nights
Taupo

Taupo
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
L'Arte and Lava Glass are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Huka Falls Walkway and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of Taupo to go to Turangi and see Tongariro National Trout Centre, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo, see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, and grab your bike and head to Great Lake Trail.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Taupo trip itinerary site.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Tongariro National Trout Centre
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Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave

5
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Popular historic sites such as Ohakune Old Coach Road and Te Porere Redoubt are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Taranaki Falls. On the 9th (Tue), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. And it doesn't end there: hit the best photo ops around with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, hike along Ridge Track, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and stroll through Rotopounamu Track.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

4
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Walk. When in Waitomo Caves, make a side trip to see Mokau Museum and Gallery in Mokau, approximately Mokau away. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, explore and take pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, and step off the mainland to explore Kapiti Island.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves online route maker.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Mokau Museum and Gallery, Kapiti Island
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

5
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery and River Walk. Get outdoors at Franz Josef Glacier and Gillespies Beach. Explore Fox Glacier's surroundings by going to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Kea Point Track, Glencoe Walk, &more) and Sentinel Rock Walk (in Franz Josef). There's still lots to do: stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk, hike along Moraine Walk, get the adrenaline pumping with Skydive Fox Glacier, and see Across Country Quad Bikes.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier online itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Waitomo Caves to Fox Glacier takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

6
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.
Head to Silver Fern Gallery and Artbay Galleryfor some retail therapy. Visiting Mount Aspiring National Park and Boat Tours & Water Sports will get you outdoors. Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Wanaka (Rippon Vineyard, Lake Wanaka, &more). And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ben Lomond Track, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planner.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Wanaka
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Mount Aspiring National Park ©
Mount Aspiring National Park
Zipline

7
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Milford Sound and Kepler Track. Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Milford sound Hwy). Next up on the itinerary: cast your line with Fiordland Outdoors Co., head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and hike along The Chasm Walk.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau road trip planning site.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Lake Marian Track
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track
 Fiordland Outdoors Co. ©
Fiordland Outdoors Co.

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