60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip itinerary planner

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Paihia
— 6 nights
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
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tongariro National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hamilton
— 1 night
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Auckland
— 5 nights
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Paihia

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Ruapekapeka Pa Track (in Kawakawa), Russell (Christ Church, Phantom Sailing, &more) and Whangarei (Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve & Bream Head Coast Walks). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Paihia route planner.

Toronto, Canada to Paihia is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Paihia is 17 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 8:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Te Anau: Milford Sound (Bowen Falls, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). On the 10th (Wed), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. On the 13th (Sat), hike the day away at Kepler Track. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along The Chasm Walk, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Paihia to Te Anau takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 15:

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.
Take a break from Queenstown with a short trip to Misha's Vineyard Tasting Room in Cromwell, about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, cruise along QUEENSTOWN EXPEDITIONS, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and play a few rounds at Queenstown Golf Club.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, read Queenstown online route planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 21:

Fox Glacier

— 4 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sentinel Rock Walk (in Franz Josef) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Hooker Valley Track, Glencoe Walk, &more). The adventure continues: hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take in the pleasant sights at River Walk.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Fox Glacier day trip planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Fox Glacier by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 25:

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.
Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Akaroa (Saint Peter's Anglican Church & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). On the 28th (Sun), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. And it doesn't end there: walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Christchurch in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:

Wellington

— 4 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.
When in Wellington, make a side trip to see Southward Car Museum in Paraparaumu, approximately Paraparaumu away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, contemplate the long history of Wellington Cable Car, get great views at Mount Victoria, and ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington planning website.

You can fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Wellington when traveling from Christchurch in November, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 3:

Tongariro National Park

— 6 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 4th (Sat), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 6th (Mon), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's much more to do: go from sight to sight with Active Outdoor Adventures, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, and stroll through Whakapapa Nature Walk.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park trip app.

You can fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 9:

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, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, trek along Huka Falls Walkway, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take in nature's colorful creations at Joan Williamson Rose Garden.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip planning app.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 15:

Rotorua

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Mount Maunganui Summit Track (in Mount Maunganui), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and the Zeus Gallery (in Tauranga). The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rotorua road trip tool.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 21:

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.
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 outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, and take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

Hamilton

— 1 night

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): examine the collection at Waikato Museum, then walk around Hamilton Gardens, and then join the crowd at Rally Drive NZ.

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

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Auckland: Of Hand & Heart (in Warkworth) and Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach). The adventure continues: make a trip to SkyTower, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, head off the coast to Rangitoto Island, and admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland online day trip planner.

You can drive from Hamilton to Auckland in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Auckland are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
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.