60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Whitianga
— 5 nights
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
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Hastings
— 5 nights
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Wellington
— 5 nights
Fly
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
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Invercargill
— 6 nights
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Te Anau
— 5 nights
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Dunedin
— 6 nights
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Hokitika
— 4 nights
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Akaroa
— 2 nights
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Paihia
— 4 nights
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Kaitaia
— 4 nights
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Whitianga

— 5 nights
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. You'll get in some beach time at Whangamata Beach and Hahei Beach Walk. Shop till you drop at The Coromandel Smoking Co. and Bread & Butter Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whitianga: Opoutere Surf Beach (in Opoutere), Whangapoua (Whangapoua Beach & New Chums Beach) and Hot Water Beach (in Hot Water Beach). There's much more to do: test the waters at The Lost Spring, stroll through Stu's Wild Pig Farm, enjoy the sand and surf at Matarangi Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitianga trip planner.

Auckland to Whitianga is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Auckland in August since evenings lows in Whitianga dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whitianga

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Horseback Riding Tours and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Buried Village of Te Wairoa and Government Gardens will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Craters of the Moon). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, whizz through the canopy at Redwoods Treewalk, and take a stroll through Eat Street.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read Rotorua holiday app.

Drive from Whitianga to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hastings.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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Hastings

— 5 nights
Hastings is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Take a break from the city and head to Te Mata Peak and Cape Kidnappers. Shop till you drop at Birdwoods Gallery and Decorum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hastings: Waipawa (Artmosphere Gallery & Central Hawke's Bay Museum), New Zealand Natural Clothing (in Norsewood) and Junction Wines (in Napier). And it doesn't end there: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take some stellar pictures from Bluff Hill Lookout, learn about winemaking at Mission Estate Winery, and look for gifts at New Zealand Wood and Jade.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hastings visit planning website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Hastings in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Wellington.

Things to do in Hastings

Parks · Wineries · Shopping · Wildlife

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Wellington

— 5 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Oriental Bay and Whites Bay. Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and Weta Workshop will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wellington: Saint Mary's Church (in Gisborne), Tonga Island Marine Reserve (in Abel Tasman National Park) and Huia (in Rapaura). On the 21st (Sat), hike the day away at Queen Charlotte Track. Next up on the itinerary: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and pause for some serene contemplation at Old St Paul's.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hastings to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Wellington are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and One Mile Power House. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Queenstown Hill and Skydiving. Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Glenorchy-Queenstown Road (in Mount Creighton), Misha's Vineyard Tasting Room (in Cromwell) and The Arrowtown Jade & Opal Factory (in Arrowtown). On the 24th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area, get a taste of the local shopping with Vesta Design Boutique, make a trip to Arrowtown Village, and hike along Otago Central Rail Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Wellington to Queenstown by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Invercargill.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

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Invercargill

— 6 nights
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Escape the urban bustle at Oreti Beach and Howells Point Reserve. Get a sense of the local culture at Bill Richardson Transport World and City Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre (in Curio Bay), Waipapa Point Lighthouse (in Otara) and Riverton (Te Hikoi Museum and Information Centre & Templeton Flax Mill Heritage Museum). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica, shop like a local with Anderson Park Art Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Demolition World.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Invercargill trip maker.

Drive from Queenstown to Invercargill in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

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Te Anau

— 5 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.
Visiting Lake Te Anau and Punanga Manu o Te Anau will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Chasm Walk and Routeburn Track. It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound and stroll through Doubtful Sound.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Invercargill to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Dunedin

— 6 nights

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Get a sense of the local culture at Otago Museum and Nugget Point/Tokata Walks. Shop till you drop at Hampden Stores and Happy Hens. Explore Dunedin's surroundings by going to Shag Point Nature Reserve (in Palmerston), Moeraki Boulders Beach (in Oamaru) and Waikouaiti Beach (in Waikouaiti). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago, make a trip to Iona Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tunnel Beach Track, and look for gifts at Rata Jewellery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Dunedin itinerary planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Dunedin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Hokitika.

Things to do in Dunedin

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

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Hokitika

— 4 nights
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Shop till you drop at Wilderness Gallery and Heritage Jade. Get some cultural insight at Hokitika Museum and Hokitika Craft Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hokitika: Truman Track (in Punakaiki) and Greymouth (Nimmo Gallery + Store & Shades Of Jade). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hokitika Gorge Walk, get outside with Glow Worm Dell, and stop by Hokitika Glass Studio.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hokitika online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Dunedin to Hokitika takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to fly to Akaroa.

Things to do in Hokitika

Shopping · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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Akaroa

— 2 nights

Long Harbour

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): look for gifts at Pot Pourri, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Peter's Anglican Church, take in the exciting artwork at The Giants House, then look for gifts at Fire & Ice - Gemstone Jewellery Specialists, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic St. Patrick's Akaroa. On the next day, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Lava, then look for gifts at Blue Pearls Gallery, and finally go for a walk through Banks Peninsula.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Akaroa sightseeing planning website.

Fly from Hokitika to Akaroa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Akaroa are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Akaroa

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Adventure

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Paihia

— 4 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 hidden gems such as Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve and Swim with Dolphins. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Tapeka Point Track. Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Christ Church), Te Waimate Mission (in Waimate North) and The Gallery & Cafe Helena Bay Hill (in Whananaki). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Parrot Place, relax in the rural setting at Blue River Orchard, and take in the exciting artwork at Masterpieces Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Paihia day trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Akaroa to Paihia takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Kaitaia

— 4 nights
Kaitaia is a town in the Far North District of New Zealand, at the base of the Aupouri Peninsula, about 160 km northwest of Whangarei. Get in touch with nature at Tane Mahuta Walk and Rarawa Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Ninety Mile Beach and Taipa Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Kaitaia side-trips: Mangonui (Coopers Beach & Exhibit A Gallery), Village Arts Gallery (in Kohukohu) and Waipoua Forest (in Waipoua Forest). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Koutu Boulders, examine the collection at Te Ahu Heritage, stroll through Tapotupotu Beach, and stop by Kotare Krafts.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kaitaia itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Kaitaia takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

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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.