60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand journey planner

Make it your trip
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Auckland
— 4 nights
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Whangarei
— 2 nights
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Paihia
— 6 nights
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Hamilton
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 6 nights
Shuttle
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Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
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Wellington
— 4 nights
Fly
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Christchurch
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
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Te Anau
— 6 nights
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Auckland

— 4 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.
When in Auckland, make a side trip to see Muriwai Gannet Colony in Muriwai Beach, approximately Muriwai Beach away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, head off the coast to Waiheke Island, get impressive views of Rangitoto Island, and walk around Auckland Domain.

Start your trip to Auckland by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Auckland is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 9 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Riyadh in October: high temperatures in Auckland hover around 17°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Whangarei.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 3:

Whangarei

— 2 nights
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Manaia Track, then trek along Bream Head Coast Walks, and then take a stroll through Town Basin. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Whangarei Quarry Gardens, then stroll around AH Reed Memorial Park, and then see the vivid underwater world at Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Whangarei trip planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Whangarei in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Nature · Trails · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:

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: Russell (Tapeka Point Track & Pompallier Mission and Printery), The Northland Firehouse Museum Trust (in Kaikohe) and Puketi Nature Trail (in Kerikeri). Spend the 8th (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, trek along Kerikeri River Track, admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kororipo Pa Historic Walk.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paihia online visit planner.

You can drive from Whangarei to Paihia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Hamilton.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 11:

Hamilton

— 2 nights

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Hamilton Zoo, see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, and then walk around Victoria on the River. On your second day here, walk around Hamilton Gardens, make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set, and then look for gifts at Alexander Organics.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton visit planning app.

Getting from Paihia to Hamilton by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Hamilton can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, and take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:

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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, make a trip to Te Puia, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 22:

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, admire the natural beauty at Waipahihi Botanical Gardens, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, and don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Taupo vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 28:

Tongariro National Park

— 4 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Tama Lakes, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, and take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 2:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wellington: Martinborough (Poppies Martinborough & Martinborough Wine Tours). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 6:

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 (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Lava). On the 9th (Thu), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. There's much more to do: walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, get around town with Christchurch Gondola, meet the residents at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and don't miss a visit to Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial.

You can plan Christchurch trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Wellington in December, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:

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) (Hooker Valley Track & Sealy Tarns Track). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, trek along Moraine Walk, go for a walk through River Walk, and stroll through Fox Glacier Hiking Trails.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Christchurch to Fox Glacier in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:

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 The Stitching Post in Arrowtown--about 34 minutes away. On the 17th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown sightseeing website.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 20:

Te Anau

— 6 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 Te Anau's surroundings by going to Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Boat Tours & Water Sports). Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, grab your bike and head to Lake 2 Lake Trail, hike along Lake Marian Track, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 26:

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.