60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 4 nights
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Paihia
— 6 nights
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Hamilton
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 7 nights
Shuttle
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Tongariro National Park
— 6 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 4 nights
Drive
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Te Anau
— 6 nights
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
Fly
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Christchurch
— 4 nights
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New Plymouth
— 2 nights
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Auckland

— 4 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.
Attractions like SkyTower and Rainbow's End Theme Park make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, head off the coast to Waiheke Island, see the interesting displays at New Zealand Maritime Museum, and walk around Auckland Domain.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland tour itinerary planning tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Auckland. In September, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Spas. Go for a jaunt from Paihia to Russell to see Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paihia Harbour, go for a walk through Opua Forest Lookout Track, tee off at Waitangi Golf Club, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Bay of Islands Coastal Walkway - Okiato to Russell.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Paihia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly to Hamilton.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Hamilton

— 2 nights

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): meet the residents at Hamilton Zoo and then don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens and then see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Paihia to Hamilton in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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Waitomo Caves

— 3 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, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, and hike along Ruakuri Walk.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

You can drive from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zipline and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, hike along Lake Okareka Walkway, and take in the natural beauty of Te Puia.

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Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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Taupo

— 7 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.
Bring the kids along to Huka Falls Walkway and Huka Prawn Park. There's lots more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and contemplate the waterfront views at Whakaipo Bay.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip itinerary app.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Tongariro National Park

— 6 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Mount Ruapehu and Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu. Take a break from Tongariro National Park with a short trip to Mt Ngauruhoe in Turangi, about 36 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Te Porere Redoubt. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, hit the slopes at Turoa Ski Area, trek along Rotopounamu Track, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mounds Walk.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park tour builder app.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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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.
Kids will enjoy Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Wellington Museum. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington trip planner.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Wellington by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to fly to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 4 nights
Attractions like Ski The Tasman and Aoraki/Mt. Cook make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Fox Glacier (Minnehaha Walk, Helicopter Tours, &more) and Spas (in Franz Josef).

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) itinerary planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

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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.
Family-friendly places like Milford Sound and Trout Observatory will thrill your kids. Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound--about 1 hour away. Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, trek along Mirror Lakes Walk, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read Te Anau itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Skyline Queenstown and The Remarkables Ski Area. On the 29th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Kiwi Birdlife Park, and get all the equipment you need at Browns Ski Shop.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary site.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
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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.
Family-friendly places like Christchurch Botanic Gardens and TranzAlpine Train will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: catch some excitement at Velocity Karts, admire the natural beauty at Ohinetahi Garden, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Southern Encounter, and take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch day trip planning website.

Getting from Queenstown to Christchurch by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Christchurch are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Parks · Tours · Fun & Games

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New Plymouth

— 2 nights
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway and then get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park. On the next day, explore the engaging exhibits at Puke Ariki, view the masterpieces at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, and then wander the streets of West End Precinct.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the New Plymouth day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to New Plymouth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Museums · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods
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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.