59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Queenstown International Airport, Drive to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 7 nights
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Queenstown
— 5 nights
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Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
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Akaroa
— 4 nights
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Drive to Picton, Ferry to Wellington, Drive to Whitianga
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Whitianga
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 4 nights
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Whangarei
— 5 nights
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Paihia
— 6 nights
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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.
Visiting Hollyford Track and Lake Marian Track will get you outdoors. Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 7th (Fri), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, stroll through Ivan Wilson Park, trek along Gertrude Saddle, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau online route planner.

Billum, Denmark to Te Anau is an approximately 38-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from Billum to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 10:

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Aspiring National Park and Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 14th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. The adventure continues: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:

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 ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery and Sealy Tarns Track. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk, steep yourself in history at River Walk, and stroll through Minnehaha Walk.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier journey maker app.

Getting from Queenstown to Fox Glacier by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Akaroa.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:

Akaroa

— 4 nights

Long Harbour

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Head to Little River Gallery and Ashburton Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Hinewai Reserve. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at The Giants House, appreciate the history behind Banks Peninsula War Memorial and Grounds, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic St. Patrick's Akaroa, and admire the natural beauty at The Garden at French Farm.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Akaroa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Akaroa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. January in Akaroa sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Whitianga.

Things to do in Akaroa

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:

Whitianga

— 3 nights
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Head to Bread & Butter Gallery and The Little Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Get in touch with nature at Cave Cruzer and The Lost Spring. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whitianga: Cathedral Cove Walk (in Hahei) and Hot Water Beach (in Hot Water Beach). There's much more to do: stroll through Mill Creek Bird & Animal Encounters, experience rural life at Whiti Farm Park, and admire all the interesting features of Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Whitianga online trip planner.

Getting from Akaroa to Whitianga by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, ferry, and car. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Whitianga when traveling from Akaroa in January, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:

Rotorua

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Zipline and Bay Explorer Island & Wildlife Cruise. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Summit Track & Mount Maunganui Base Track). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, make a trip to Te Puia, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua online itinerary maker.

You can drive from Whitianga to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 31:

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Huka Falls Walkway and Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire. Do your shopping at Taupo Market and L'Arte. There's much more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, explore the landscape on two wheels at Great Lake Trail, admire the natural beauty at Lava Glass, and head outdoors with Taupo Rod & Tackle.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Taupo travel planning website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 6:

Tongariro National Park

— 6 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get outdoors at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Taranaki Falls. Take a break from Tongariro National Park with a short trip to Mt Ngauruhoe in Turangi, about 36 minutes away. Spend the 9th (Wed) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Ohakune Old Coach Road, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, and hike along Ridge Track.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 12:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Waitomo Clay Birds. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, and take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip maker site.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Whangarei.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 16:

Whangarei

— 5 nights
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Do your shopping at Sculptureum and Of Hand & Heart. Get in touch with nature at Northland Dive and Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to The Gallery & Cafe Helena Bay Hill (in Whananaki), Ocean Beach (in Whangarei Heads) and Mangawhai Walkway (in Mangawhai). And it doesn't end there: hike along Bream Head Coast Walks, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Manaia Track, take in nature's colorful creations at Whangarei Quarry Gardens, and Head underground at Waipu Cave.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Whangarei trip itinerary app.

You can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Waitomo Caves to Whangarei in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 21:

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.
Get outdoors at Phantom Sailing and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Tapeka Point Track (in Russell) and Puketi Nature Trail (in Kerikeri). Spend a day of island exploring on the 25th (Fri) at Urupukapuka Island. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, stroll through Paihia Harbour, take in the pleasant sights at Opua Forest Lookout Track, and play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paihia day trip app.

You can drive from Whangarei to Paihia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 27:

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.