60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Wellington
— 4 nights
2
Queenstown
— 7 nights
3
Te Anau
— 7 nights
4
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 5 nights
5
Christchurch
— 6 nights
6
Rotorua
— 6 nights
7
Taupo
— 6 nights
8
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
9
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
10
Paihia
— 5 nights
11
Auckland
— 5 nights

4
nights
Wellington

Wellington
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Wellington: Southward Car Museum (in Paraparaumu) and Marlborough Sounds (in Picton). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, and get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary app.

New York City, USA to Wellington is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Wellington is 17 hours. In August, Wellington is colder than New York City - with highs of 55°F and lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Pataka Art + Museum, Southward Car Museum, Marlborough Sounds, Catchpool Loop Walk, Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Kawarau Suspension Bridge (in Gibbston), Snow Farm NZ (in Wanaka) and UnderDog Sled Dog Tours (in Cardrona). On the 7th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. On the 13th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, have fun at Break One, and do a tasting at Peregrine Wines.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Kawarau Suspension Bridge, Snow Farm NZ, UnderDog Sled Dog Tours
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 13:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Te Anau: Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Boat Tours & Water Sports) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, take a pleasant ride with Westray Adventures - Horse Treks & Quad Tours, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mitre Peak.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip itinerary tool.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Westray Adventures - Horse Treks & Quad Tours ©
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

5
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Franz Josef (Terrace Walk, Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting, &more) and Fox Glacier (Gillespies Beach, Moraine Walk, &more).

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip builder app.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Christchurch.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 25:
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Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

6
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
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: Smithfield Berries (in Ashburton), Black Diamond Safaris (in Methven) and High Peak Heliski (in Windwhistle). On the 27th (Thu), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. The adventure continues: stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, trot along with Rubicon Valley Tourist Centre, explore the world behind art at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), and pause for some serene contemplation at Christchurch Cathedral.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch online trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in August, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Tours · Transportation

Side Trips

Smithfield Berries, Black Diamond Safaris, High Peak Heliski
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 31:
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Cambridge Museum (in Cambridge) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, test the waters at a local thermal spa, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and relax in the rural setting at Agrodome.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Rotorua takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Christchurch in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rotorua, with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Cambridge Museum, Hobbiton Movie Set, Off Road NZ
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

6
nights
Taupo

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 12:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

4
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Take a break from Tongariro National Park with a short trip to Mt Ngauruhoe in Turangi, about 36 minutes away. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt, get interesting insight from Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, and explore the activities along Tama Lakes.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park day trip planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Mt Ngauruhoe
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 16:
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu ©
Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu

3
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.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, and admire all the interesting features of Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves day trip planning app.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Otorohanga
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

5
nights
Paihia

Paihia ©
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 out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Russell (Christ Church, Pompallier Mission and Printery, &more) and The Northland Firehouse Museum Trust (in Kaikohe). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Anglican Church, admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and take in the natural beauty of Te Waiariki Ngawha Springs.

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

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Kaikohe
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 24:
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Salt Air ©
Salt Air
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Connells Bay Sculpture Park (in Waiheke Island), Mudbrick Vineyard (in Oneroa) and Obsidian Vineyard (in Onetangi). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, walk around Auckland Domain, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland sightseeing planning website.

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Auckland are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Auckland Region, Stockade Hill
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 29:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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