52 days in New Zealand Itinerary

52 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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52 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  31​h
1
Queenstown
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Wellington
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Taupo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
10
Hamilton
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h
11
Paihia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
Auckland
— 6 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Lisbon

5
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, hit the slopes at Coronet Peak, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown day trip planning site .

Lisbon, Portugal to Queenstown is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Queenstown is 12 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 17:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

5
nights
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
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.
On the 21st (Sun), hike the day away at Dusky Track. On the 22nd (Mon), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park, trek along The Chasm Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kepler Track.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 22:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
When in Mt. Cook Village, make a side trip to see Lake Tekapo in Lake Tekapo, approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman, explore the activities along Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, and trek along Sealy Tarns Track.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village online trip builder .

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 26:
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

4
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Fox Glacier is known for nature, trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Fox Glacier, explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, go for a walk through River Walk, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier road trip planner.

Getting from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier by car takes about 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 30:
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Mount Fox Route ©
Mount Fox Route

3
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral.

Find out how to plan Christchurch trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Christchurch in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Christchurch are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Museums Transportation

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Little River Gallery
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 3:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

4
nights
Wellington

Wellington
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wellington: Beer Tastings & Tours (in Blenheim) and Marlborough Sounds (in Picton). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, and take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Wellington trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Wellington, with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Marlborough Sounds, Beer Tastings & Tours, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Beer Tastings & Tours

4
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, winter sports, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, explore the activities along Tama Lakes, and trek along Ridge Track.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park road trip app .

Traveling by car from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 11:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

5
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rotorua (Zipline, Horseback Riding Tours, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). And it doesn't end there: push the limits with an extreme tour, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and have fun at Taupo Gliding Club.

To plan Taupo vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

3
nights
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
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.
Go for a jaunt from Waitomo Caves to Raglan to see Raglan Rock about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, hike along Ruakuri Walk, and take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip planner .

Traveling by car from Taupo to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kapiti Island, Raglan Rock, Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:
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Raglan Rock ©
Raglan Rock
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Hamilton Zoo, see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, and then walk around Hamilton Gardens.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hamilton online travel planner .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 20:
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Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum
Hamilton Zoo ©
Hamilton Zoo

4
nights
Paihia

Paihia ©
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.
Paihia is known for parks, wildlife, nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, stop by Paihia Bookshop, play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Hamilton to Paihia takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Tapeka Point Track
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island
Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club

6
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
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.
Step out of Auckland with an excursion to The Lost Spring in Whitianga--about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Auckland trip planner .

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cheltenham Beach, The Lost Spring
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 30:
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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