60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
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Te Anau
— 6 nights
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Alexandra
— 6 nights
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Queenstown
— 7 nights
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Christchurch
— 4 nights
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Paihia
— 5 nights
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Auckland
— 5 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 4 nights
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
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Taupo
— 6 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 3 nights
Explore Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)'s surroundings by going to Franz Josef (Franz Josef Glacier & Spas) and Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier South Side Walk, Helicopter Tours, &more).

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) day trip site.

Wellington to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:

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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound--about 1 hour away. Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, take in the awesome beauty at Mitre Peak, tour the pleasant surroundings at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Alexandra.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 10:

Alexandra

— 6 nights
Alexandra is a town in the Central Otago district of the South Island of New Zealand. Change things up with these side-trips from Alexandra: Maori Point Vineyard (in Tarras), Bannockburn Sluicings Walks (in Cromwell) and Cardrona Alpine Resort (in Cardrona). Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Otago Central Rail Trail, shop like a local with Marie Velenski, view the masterpieces at Eade Gallery, and stroll around Pioneer Park.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Alexandra attractions site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Alexandra. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Alexandra

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 16:

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.
Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Cardrona (UnderDog Sled Dog Tours & Cardrona Distillery). On the 17th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. On the 23rd (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. There's lots more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown attractions planning site.

You can drive from Alexandra to Queenstown in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 23:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Black Diamond Safaris (in Methven) and High Peak Heliski (in Windwhistle). On the 26th (Sun), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. The adventure continues: walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and admire the landmark architecture of The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Christchurch are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Transportation · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 27:

Paihia

— 5 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 these side-trips from Paihia: Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery, Omata Estate, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and tee off at Waitangi Golf Club.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Paihia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Paihia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 2:

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 Waiheke Island (Wine Tours & Tastings & Connells Bay Sculpture Park). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to SkyTower, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, meet the residents at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and examine the collection at Auckland Museum.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland tour planner.

You can fly from Paihia to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Auckland sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Parks · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 7:

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: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, head outdoors with Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and trek along Ruakuri Walk.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves tour itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:

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.
Take a break from Rotorua with a short trip to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 17:

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, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and take in the natural beauty of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 23:

Tongariro National Park

— 4 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Spend the 26th (Tue) exploring nature at Te Porere Redoubt. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu, trek along Silica Rapids Track, and admire the sheer force of Mangawhero Falls.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park day trip tool.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:

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.
Step out of Wellington to go to Paraparaumu and see Southward Car Museum, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and learn about all things military at Dominion Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Wellington online route planner.

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 October, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 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.