60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Te Anau
— 5 nights
2
Queenstown
— 5 nights
3
Franz Josef
— 5 nights
4
Christchurch
— 5 nights
5
Wellington
— 4 nights
6
New Plymouth
— 1 night
7
Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
8
Taupo
— 5 nights
9
Rotorua
— 5 nights
10
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
11
Hamilton
— 2 nights
12
Auckland
— 5 nights
13
Paihia
— 6 nights

5
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.
When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, approximately Milford Sound away. Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 6th (Sat), hike the day away at Kepler Track. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through The Chasm Walk, and take an unforgettable tour with Southern Lakes Helicopters.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Te Anau sightseeing planner.

Jerusalem, Israel to Te Anau is an approximately 37-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 10 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bowen Falls, Southern Lakes Helicopters
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 8:
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

5
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Mount Aspiring National Park in Wanaka (about 2 hours away). The adventure continues: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get interesting insight from Tours, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Mount Aspiring National Park
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 13:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Mount Aspiring National Park ©
Mount Aspiring National Park
Boat Tours & Water Sports

5
nights
Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Get out of town with these interesting Franz Josef side-trips: Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Minnehaha Walk, &more) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Hooker Valley Track, Glencoe Walk, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, stroll through Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Franz Josef holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Franz Josef takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 18:
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Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

5
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Akaroa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Saint Peter's Anglican Church) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). On the 21st (Sun), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and trot along with Rubicon Valley Tourist Centre.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch holiday maker app.

Traveling by car from Franz Josef to Christchurch takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Parks

Side Trips

Akaroa, Ohinetahi Garden, Little River Gallery
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 23:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Wellington side-trips: Marlborough Sounds (in Picton) and Kapiti Island Eco Experience (in Paraparaumu). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, contemplate the long history of Old St Paul's, and go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Wellington road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in February, Wellington is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Wellington Botanic Garden, Catchpool Loop Walk, Marlborough Sounds, Kapiti Island Eco Experience
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 27:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

1
night
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 28th (Sun), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pukekura Park, look for gifts at Giles Chocolatier, thenengage your brain at Puke Ariki, and finally go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read New Plymouth vacation planning app.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to New Plymouth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
Find places to stay Feb 27 — 28:
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Puke Ariki ©
Puke Ariki

5
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 1st (Mon), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 3rd (Wed), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's still lots to do: capture your vacation like a pro with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ohakune Old Coach Road, take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall, and trek along Ridge Track.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park trip tool.

You can drive from New Plymouth to Tongariro National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 5:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

5
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: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings and tourist information, use the Taupo holiday planning website.

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 10:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

5
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.
Step out of Rotorua with an excursion to Bay Explorer Island & Wildlife Cruise in Tauranga--about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Rotorua road trip website.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Bay Explorer Island & Wildlife Cruise
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 15:
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Bay Explorer Island & Wildlife Cruise ©
Bay Explorer Island & Wildlife Cruise
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline

3
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.
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, trek along Ruakuri Walk, get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition, Kapiti Island
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 18:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Kapiti Island ©
Kapiti Island

2
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens, make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set, and then find your balance on the water with The Boatshed Kayaks. On the next day, get to know the resident critters at Hamilton Zoo, thenget outside with Raglan Rock, and then take in the exciting artwork at Jet Collective.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Outdoors Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Raglan, The Boatshed Kayaks, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Raglan Rock ©
Raglan Rock

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.
Step out of Auckland to go to Oneroa and see EcoZip Adventures, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, identify plant and animal life at Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and head off the coast to Waiheke Island.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland trip planner.

Getting from Hamilton to Auckland by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

EcoZip Adventures, Cheltenham Beach, Little Shoal Bay Reserve, Stockade Hill
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 25:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Whangarei (Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve & Adventure Forest) and Pompallier Mission and Printery (in Russell). Spend a day of island exploring on the 28th (Sun) at Urupukapuka Island. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, find something for the whole family at Action World, get interesting insight from Skydive Bay of Islands, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip planning tool.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Whangarei, Pompallier Mission and Printery
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Adventure Forest ©
Adventure Forest

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