60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly + Drive:  30​h
1
Paihia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Auckland
— 5 nights
3
Hamilton
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Whakapapa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Taupo
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Wellington
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Christchurch
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
9
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
10
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
11
Dunedin
— 2 nights
12
Te Anau
— 6 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
13
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Munich

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pompallier Mission and Printery (in Russell) and Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, find something for the whole family at Action World, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paihia trip planning website .

Munich, Germany to Paihia is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 11 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Bream Head Coast Walks, Pompallier Mission and Printery, KeriKeri New Zealand
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 16:
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Auckland: Waiheke Island (Wine Tours & Tastings & Connells Bay Sculpture Park) and Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Sky Tower, step off the mainland to explore Rangitoto Island, contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo.

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

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Auckland are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Tawharanui Regional Park
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 21:
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the 22nd (Mon), get outside with Raglan Rock, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and then admire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): examine the collection at Waikato Museum, then make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Auckland to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Raglan Rock, Helicopter Tours, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:
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Raglan Rock ©
Raglan Rock
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens

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, wildlife, trails, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, admire the sheer force of Marokopa Falls Walk, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves travel planner.

You can take a bus from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kapiti Island, Aranui Cave
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 26:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

5
nights
Whakapapa

Step out of Whakapapa with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi--about 34 minutes away.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Whakapapa trip maker tool .

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 3:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and get curious at Volcanic Activity Centre.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Taupo trip planner.

You can drive from Whakapapa to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 9:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wellington: Picton (Marlborough Sounds & Queen Charlotte Track). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, and take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Wellington trip site .

Getting from Taupo to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In March in Wellington, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Picton, Wellington Botanic Garden, Kotuku School Memorial
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds

5
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Venture out of the city with trips to Akaroa (The Garden at French Farm, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more) and Geraldine Observatory (in Geraldine). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, have some family-friendly fun at Velocity Karts, get to know the resident critters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch tour itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Christchurch. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trips

Akaroa, Ohinetahi Garden, Geraldine Observatory
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

4
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Take a break from Fox Glacier with a short trip to Andris Apse Gallery in Franz Josef, about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier, stroll through Copland Track, kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, and hike along Moraine Walk.

Plan trip to Fox Glacier with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Go for a jaunt from Mt. Cook Village to Lake Tekapo to see Lake Tekapo about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hooker Valley Track, trek along Mueller Hut Route, see the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, and hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village trip planner .

Drive from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

2
nights
Dunedin

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
On the 27th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, view the masterpieces at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, then step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Royal Albatross Centre. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Otago Museum, then contemplate the long history of Olveston Historic Home, and then tour in style with a train tour.

Discover how to plan a Dunedin trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Dunedin takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums Tours Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens
The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre

6
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: Pops View Look Out (in Milford Sound) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along Routeburn Track, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kepler Track.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip planner.

Take a bus from Dunedin to Te Anau in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk, Routeburn Track, Pops View Look Out
Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 3:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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.
Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Mount Aspiring National Park in Wanaka--about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and take a memorable drive along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Queenstown trip simple and quick.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Mount Aspiring National Park
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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