60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Train to Lyon, Fly to Queenstown
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 6 nights
Drive
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 5 nights
Drive
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Christchurch
— 5 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 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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Hamilton
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paihia
— 6 nights
Drive
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Whangarei
— 2 nights
Drive
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Auckland
— 6 nights
Fly

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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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Otago Central Rail Trail, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

Marseille, France to Queenstown is an approximately 32.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 11 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Te Anau: Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Monkey Creek). Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, trek along Lake Gunn, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Te Anau trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) — 5 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Gillespies Beach, River Walk, &more).

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Christchurch.
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Christchurch — 5 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Geraldine (Pleasant Valley Daffodils & Geraldine Observatory) and Akaroa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Meniscus Wine Lounge). And it doesn't end there: walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Ohinetahi Garden, and steep yourself in history at Mona Vale.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Martinborough (Poppies Martinborough & Martinborough Wine Tours). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, and go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Wellington trip planner.

You can fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 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 November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Wellington. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Tongariro National Park.
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Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:

Tongariro National Park — 3 nights

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, and winter sports. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall, trek along Rotopounamu Track, and stroll through Taranaki Falls.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park trip itinerary planning website.

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 18th (Fri) to allow time to take a shuttle to Taupo.
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Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:

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: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, take in nature's colorful creations at Waipahihi Botanical Gardens, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and examine the collection at Taupo Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Taupo trip planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Rotorua.
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Find places to stay Nov 18 — 24:

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.
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, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua day trip site.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Rotorua are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.
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Find places to stay Nov 24 — 29:

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 trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hamilton.
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Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 2:

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 3rd (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, and then make a trip to Adrian Worsley Historic Creations. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Hamilton Zoo, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Yarndley's Bush.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hamilton online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Paihia.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Russell (Tapeka Point Track & Pompallier Mission and Printery) and The Northland Firehouse Museum Trust (in Kaikohe). Spend the 7th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, learn about winemaking at Ake Ake Vineyard, tee off at Waitangi Golf Club, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Paihia trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Hamilton to Paihia in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Whangarei.
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Whangarei — 2 nights

Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Manaia Track, then trek along Bream Head Coast Walks, and then wander the streets of Town Basin. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Whangarei Quarry Gardens, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then see the vivid underwater world at Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Whangarei itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Whangarei takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.
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Auckland — 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Waiheke Island), Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach) and Matakana Village (in Matakana). There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, and take in the waterfront activity at Viaduct Harbour.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Auckland online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Whangarei to Auckland takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Dec 12 — 18:

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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