60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 7 nights
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive
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Christchurch
— 4 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Taupo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 5 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive
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New Plymouth
— 1 night
Drive
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Whitianga
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 5 nights
Fly
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Paihia
— 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Milford sound Hwy). Spend the 27th (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 2nd (Thu), hike the day away at Kepler Track. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, trek along Lake Gunn, get outside with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, and look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau attractions planner.

London, UK to Te Anau is an approximately 32.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Te Anau is 12 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.
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Queenstown — 6 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.
Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Cheeki Cherries the home of Dam Good Fruit. in Cromwell--about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown travel route planning website.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.
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Fox Glacier — 4 nights

A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fox Glacier: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Kea Point Track, Glencoe Walk, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier South Side Walk, kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, and hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Fox Glacier travel route planner.

Drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Christchurch.
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Christchurch — 4 nights

Garden City

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 (The Giants House & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's lots more to do: walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and contemplate the long history of Ferrymead Heritage Park.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Christchurch trip planner.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Christchurch in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. February in Christchurch sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to fly to Wellington.
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Wellington — 3 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.
Wellington is known for museums, sightseeing, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, and look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Wellington. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the flight 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.
On the 24th (Fri), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 21st (Tue), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ohakune Old Coach Road, stroll through Whakapapa Nature Walk, trek along Mounds Walk, and admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park holiday planning app.

Fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to take a shuttle 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: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo, and admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Taupo route planning website.

You can take a shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.
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Rotorua — 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera), Alexander Organics (in Cambridge) and Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton). There's much more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, contemplate the long history of Te Puia, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua online travel route planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. March in Rotorua sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can 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.
When in Waitomo Caves, make a side trip to see Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari in Pukeatua, approximately Pukeatua away. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, make a short side trip with Day Trips, and stroll through Ruakuri Walk.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip builder site.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to New Plymouth.
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New Plymouth — 1 night

Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): have fun and explore at Puke Ariki, go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, and then get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read New Plymouth trip planner.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to New Plymouth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Whitianga.
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Whitianga — 2 nights

Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): boost your wellbeing at The Lost Spring and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): trek along Cathedral Cove Walk, take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mill Creek Bird & Animal Encounters.

Find out how to plan Whitianga trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from New Plymouth to Whitianga takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. In March, daily temperatures in Whitianga can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Auckland.
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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.
Step out of Auckland with an excursion to Sculptureum in Matakana--about 1h 5 min away. Dedicate the 16th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, get impressive views of Rangitoto Island, head off the coast to Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Whitianga to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Whitianga in March, you will find days in Auckland are little chillier (22°C), and nights are a bit warmer (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Paihia.
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Paihia — 7 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 out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Ruapekapeka Pa Track (in Kawakawa), Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve (in Whangarei) and Ocean Beach (in Whangarei Heads). Spend the 21st (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Spend a day of island exploring on the 19th (Sun) at Urupukapuka Island. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take some stellar pictures from Opua Forest Lookout Track, and look for gifts at The Cabbage Tree Shop.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paihia online holiday planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Paihia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight 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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