60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

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Wellington
— 4 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
— 6 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 4 nights
Drive
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Auckland
— 5 nights
Fly
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Paihia
— 6 nights
Fly
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Picton
— 1 night
Fly
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Christchurch
— 5 nights
Fly
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Queenstown
— 7 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 6 nights
Drive
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— 4 nights
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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.
Explore Wellington's surroundings by going to Martinborough Wine Tours (in Martinborough) and Southward Car Museum (in Paraparaumu). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, appreciate the history behind National War Memorial, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Wellington trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Wellington. In September, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Tours · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 5:

Tongariro National Park

— 5 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Te Porere Redoubt. On the 6th (Mon), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, explore the activities along Tama Lakes, admire the sheer force of Mangawhero Falls, and take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 10:

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: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, get outside with Taupo Rod & Tackle, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Taupo driving holiday 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 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.
Go for a jaunt from Rotorua to Hinuera to see Hobbiton Movie Set about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rotorua are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 22:

Waitomo Caves

— 4 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, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore and take pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, and stroll through Ruakuri Walk.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:

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.
Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Of Hand & Heart (in Warkworth) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Waiheke Island). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and make a trip to Auckland Town Hall.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Auckland planner.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 1:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Pompallier Mission and Printery in Russell (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, explore the landscape on two wheels at Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Anglican Church.

For more things to do and tourist information, read our Paihia trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Paihia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to fly to Picton.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 7:

Picton

— 1 night

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 8th (Fri), hike along Queen Charlotte Track.

For maps and more tourist information, read our Picton travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Picton takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Christchurch.

Things to do in Picton

Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:
Highlights from your trip

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Black Diamond Safaris (in Methven) and High Peak Heliski (in Windwhistle). On the 11th (Mon), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, explore the world behind art at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), and admire the striking features of The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch day trip planner.

Getting from Picton to Christchurch by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Picton in October since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Transportation · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 13:

Queenstown

— 7 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 UnderDog Sled Dog Tours in Cardrona, about 52 minutes away. On the 15th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. On the 20th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get outside with Outdoor Activities, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and fly down the slopes at Browns Ski Shop.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown day trip planning app.

You can fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound, about 1 hour away. Spend the 26th (Tue) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, relax and rejuvenate at Fiordland Massage Clinic, take in the awesome beauty at Mitre Peak, and stroll through Ivan Wilson Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau day trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 26:

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 4 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Franz Josef (Franz Josef Glacier & Spas) and Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier South Side Walk, Moraine Walk, &more).

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) tour builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 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.