60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

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Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 6 nights
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive
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Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tongariro National Park
— 6 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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Hamilton
— 1 night
Fly
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Paihia
— 6 nights
Drive
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Whangarei
— 2 nights
Drive
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Auckland
— 6 nights

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Routeburn Track and Kepler Track. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Te Anau: Milford Sound (Monkey Creek, Tutoko Suspension Bridge, &more) and Hump Ridge Track (in Tuatapere). On the 3rd (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. And it doesn't end there: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, hike along Mirror Lakes Walk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau road trip planning tool.

Auckland to Te Anau is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Cromwell (Cheeki Cherries the home of Dam Good Fruit., Wooing Tree Vineyard, &more), Cardrona Distillery (in Cardrona) and Wanaka (Wanaka Lavender Farm, Mount Iron Track, &more). There's still lots to do: hike along Ben Lomond Track, contemplate the waterfront views at Moke Lake, appreciate the extensive heritage of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, and do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Queenstown road trip planning website.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

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Fox Glacier

— 4 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Step off the beaten path and head to Helicopter Tours and Peters Pool Walk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fox Glacier: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Glencoe Walk, Kea Point Track, &more), Monro Beach (in Lake Moeraki) and Haast (Roaring Billy Falls & Gates of Haast). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk, trek along Minnehaha Walk, stroll through Mount Fox Route, and head outdoors with Bruce Bay.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip planning website.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

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Christchurch

— 3 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Velocity Karts and Akaroa Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Akaroa (Woolworx, Saint Peter's Anglican Church, &more). On the 18th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Port Hills, make a trip to New Regent Street, walk around Riccarton House & Bush, and explore the activities along Diamond Harbour.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Christchurch takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Christchurch are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Lady Norwood Rose Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Wellington: Martinborough (Martinborough Wine Tours & Martinborough Brewery), Lake Wairarapa (in Featherston) and Cobblestones Museum (in Greytown). Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, get outside with Outdoor Activities, walk around Frank Kitts Park, and go for a walk through Wellington Waterfront.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Wellington sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can fly to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Tours · Outdoors · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Tongariro National Park

— 6 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Explore hidden gems such as Lauren's Lavender Farm and Mokai Gravity Canyon. Explore Tongariro National Park's surroundings by going to Ohakune (Lake Rotokura, Ohakune museum, &more), Taihape (Mount Stewart Reserve, Gumboot Statue, &more) and Tupapakurua Falls Lookout (in National Park Village). Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. On the 28th (Tue), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, hike along Rotopounamu Track, and stroll through Mounds Walk.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park sightseeing 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to take a shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Huka Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Napier (Te Puia Hut Track and Mangatainoka Hot Springs & Shine Falls), Bell Rock Walkway (in Tutira) and Turangi (Volcanic Activity Centre, Tongariro River Trail, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Taupo, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, and join the crowd at Formula Challenge Racing.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Taupo day trip planning app.

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 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Helicopter Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Tauranga (McLaren Falls Park, Hairy Maclary & Friends Tauranga Waterfront Sculpture, &more), Mount Maunganui (Pilot Bay, Mount Maunganui Base Track, &more) and Papamoa Beach (in Papamoa). And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Julians Berry Farm & Cafe, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, experience the excitement of 3D Trick Art Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Government Gardens.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua travel app.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Marakopa Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Waitomo Caves: Mount Damper Falls (in Stratford), Mokau Museum and Gallery (in Mokau) and Nevalea Alpacas (in Taumarunui). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, tour the pleasant surroundings at Timber Trail NZ, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves holiday builder website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

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Hamilton

— 1 night

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at Te Awa The Great New Zealand River Ride, grab your bike and head to Hamilton Cycleways, stroll around Parana Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Church of St Peter, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and finally relax in the rural setting at Ruakura Berry Farm.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton travel planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Paihia.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Waipoua Forest and The Parrot Place. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Kerikeri (Manginangina Kauri Walk & Puketi Nature Trail), Whangaroa Harbour (in Whangaroa) and Russell (Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation., The Strand Beach, &more). Spend a day of island exploring on the 18th (Tue) at Urupukapuka Island. There's much more to do: stroll through Paihia Harbour, hike along Four Sisters Walk, grab your bike and head to Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Paihia day trip planner.

You can fly from Hamilton to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Whangarei.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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Whangarei

— 2 nights
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): head outdoors with Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club, stroll through Tutukaka Headland, enjoy the sand and surf at Whale Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Sandy Bay, then make a trip to Mount Parihaka War Memorial, and finally view the masterpieces at Burning Issues Gallery. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Whangarei Art Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre, trek along Waipu Caves Track, then get to know the resident critters at Kandiah Alpacas & Farmstay, then stroll through Waipu Coastal Trail, and finally kick back and relax at Mangawhai Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Whangarei online route planner.

Drive from Paihia to Whangarei in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Muriwai Gannet Colony and Helicopter Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Matakana (Matakana Beach Outfitters & Matakana Village), Warkworth (Tawharanui Regional Park, Of Hand & Heart, &more) and Orewa (Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway & Orewa Beach). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, get outside with Outdoor Activities, take an in-depth tour of Howick Historical Village, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip planner.

You can drive from Whangarei to Auckland in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

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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.