60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 5 nights
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Kerikeri
— 6 nights
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Rotorua
— 7 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
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Taupo
— 6 nights
Shuttle
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
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Wellington
— 5 nights
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Christchurch
— 5 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 4 nights
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Te Anau
— 6 nights
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Queenstown
— 7 nights
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Auckland — 5 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.
Dedicate the 5th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Creek, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland online trip itinerary builder.

Singapore, Singapore to Auckland is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Auckland is 4 hours. In August, Auckland is much colder than Singapore - with highs of 14°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to fly to Kerikeri.
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Kerikeri — 6 nights

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. Explore Kerikeri's surroundings by going to Northland Dive (in Whangaruru) and Russell (Tapeka Point Track & Just Imagine Gallery). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take in the pleasant sights at Opua Kauri Walk.

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You can fly from Auckland to Kerikeri in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Rotorua.
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Rotorua — 7 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 Rotorua with a short trip to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take in the natural beauty of Te Puia.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip site.

Traveling by flight from Kerikeri to Rotorua takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Waitomo Caves to Pukeatua to see Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Taupo.
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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, theme parks, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, stop by Huka Honey Hive, and explore the galleries of L'Arte.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to take a shuttle to Tongariro National Park.
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Tongariro National Park — 5 nights

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Step out of Tongariro National Park with an excursion to Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial in Ohakune--about 58 minutes away. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. On the 1st (Fri), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, trek along Rotopounamu Track, stroll through Turoa Ski Area, and take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park trip 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Wellington.
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Wellington — 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wellington: Nga Manu Nature Reserve (in Waikanae), Paraparaumu (Southward Car Museum & Maclean Park Playground) and Martinborough (Poppies Martinborough & Martinborough Wine Tours). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Wellington by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daytime highs in Wellington are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to fly to Christchurch.
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Christchurch — 5 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: High Peak Heliski (in Windwhistle), Black Diamond Safaris (in Methven) and Geraldine Observatory (in Geraldine). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Ohinetahi Garden, enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, and let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch holiday maker site.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Wellington in September since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) — 4 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Franz Josef (Spas, Alex Knob Track, &more) and Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, Lake Matheson Walk, &more).

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) day trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Te Anau.
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Te Anau: Milford Sound (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Stirling Falls). On the 20th (Wed), hike the day away at Kepler Track. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mitre Peak, look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and hike along Mirror Lakes Walk.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.
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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.
On the 27th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. On the 24th (Sun), do a day of sightseeing from above with a helicopter tour. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planning tool.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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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.
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