60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Hamilton
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Taupo
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Wellington
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Picton
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
9
Christchurch
— 5 nights
Bus:  4 h 30 min
10
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 4 nights
Bus:  7 h
11
Te Anau
— 6 nights
Bus:  3 h 45 min
12
Queenstown
— 7 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
13
Paihia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
End: Auckland

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Waiheke Island (Wine Tours & Tastings, Waiheke Museum and Historic Village, &more) and Mudbrick Vineyard (in Oneroa). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, head off the coast to Rangitoto Island, examine the collection at Auckland Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of Transport and Technology.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Auckland online trip itinerary maker.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Auckland. In September, daytime highs in Auckland are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Museum of Transport and Technology
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hamilton: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera), The Garden Art Studio (in Cambridge) and Raglan (Raglan Rock & Jet Collective). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens, relax in the rural setting at Ruakura Berry Farm, examine the collection at Waikato Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Hamilton Zoo.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hamilton holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Hamilton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Raglan, Hobbiton Movie Set, The Garden Art Studio, Thames School of Mines and Mineralogical Museum
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Raglan Rock ©
Raglan Rock
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): Head underground at Piripiri Cave Walk, explore and take pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Aranui Cave, thenhead outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, thenrelax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Aranui Cave
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

6
nights
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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua journey planning app.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Rotorua sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

7
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: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo trip builder.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Nature
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

4
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
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To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu ©
Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu
Te Porere Redoubt ©
Te Porere Redoubt

5
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.
Step out of Wellington to go to Paraparaumu and see Southward Car Museum, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, and admire the striking features of Old St Paul's.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip planning site.

Fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. September in Wellington sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Southward Car Museum, Pataka Art + Museum, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 2:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo

1
night
Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 3rd (Sat), trek along Queen Charlotte Track.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Picton day trip planning website.

Drive from Wellington to Picton in 3.5 hours. In October in Picton, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Picton

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track

5
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Venture out of the city with trips to Black Diamond Safaris (in Methven) and Geraldine Observatory (in Geraldine). On the 5th (Mon), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, listen to music at The Arts Centre, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christchurch Cathedral.

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

Fly from Picton to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Picton in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 6°C in Christchurch. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Transportation Tours

Side Trips

Black Diamond Safaris, Geraldine Observatory, Temple Basin Ski Area
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Geraldine Observatory ©
Geraldine Observatory
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

4
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier South Side Walk, Moraine Walk, &more) and Franz Josef (Sentinel Rock Walk, Franz Josef Glacier, &more).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) road trip tool.

Take a bus from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

6
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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Boat Tours & Water Sports about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mitre Peak, tee off at Te Anau Golf Club, contemplate the waterfront views at Mavora Lakes Park, and get outside with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip planner.

You can take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau in 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Boat Tours & Water Sports
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Mitre Peak ©
Mitre Peak
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

7
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.
On the 20th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, and have fun at Break One.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Queenstown holiday builder tool.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

5
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.
Go for a jaunt from Paihia to Russell to see Pompallier Mission and Printery about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take in the natural beauty of Te Waiariki Ngawha Springs, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paihia travel planning tool.

Getting from Queenstown to Paihia by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Kings Theatre Creative, Pompallier Mission and Printery, Te Waiariki Ngawha Springs
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery

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