58 days in New Zealand & Canada Itinerary

58 days in New Zealand & Canada Itinerary

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Paihia, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive
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Whitianga, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Bus
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Wanaka, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dunedin, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly
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Banff National Park, Canada
— 5 nights
Drive
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Jasper National Park, Canada
— 7 nights
Bus to Edmonton, Fly to Niagara-on-the-Lake
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
— 4 nights
Fly
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Quebec City, Canada
— 7 nights
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Paihia, New Zealand

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Swim with Dolphins and The Parrot Place. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tane Mahuta Walk and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Pompallier Mission and Printery in Russell (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Paihia Harbour, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Anglican Church.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paihia trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Paihia is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 11 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Whitianga.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:

Whitianga, New Zealand

— 3 nights
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Whangamata Beach and Hahei Beach Walk. Visiting Cathedral Cove Walk and The Lost Spring will get you outdoors. Step out of Whitianga to go to Hot Water Beach and see Hot Water Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. It doesn't end there: gain interesting insight with Cave Cruzer.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Whitianga trip planner.

You can drive from Paihia to Whitianga in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and then hike along Ruakuri Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours and then admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip planning site.

You can drive from Whitianga to Waitomo Caves in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, train, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Summit Track & Mount Maunganui Base Track). There's lots more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, stroll through Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kuirau Park, and don't miss a visit to Te Puia.

Start your trip to Rotorua by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Rotorua sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 10:

Taupo, New Zealand

— 3 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 Te Porere Redoubt and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Take a break from the city and head to Huka Falls Walkway and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Next up on the itinerary: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, let the kids burn off some steam at Huka Prawn Park, and make a splash at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Queenstown.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 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 in touch with nature at Glenorchy-Queenstown Road and Parasailing & Paragliding. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Peregrine Wines. On the 19th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronet Peak, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary app.

Getting from Taupo to Queenstown by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 19:

Wanaka, New Zealand

— 3 nights
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Get outdoors at Wanaka and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Helicopter Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Maori Point Vineyard in Tarras (about 1h 10 min away). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Iron Track and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Wanaka attractions tool.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:

Te Anau, New Zealand

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Doubtful Sound and The Chasm Walk. Escape the urban bustle at Lake Te Anau and Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, indulge in some personalized pampering at Fiordland Massage Clinic, and explore the activities along Milford Sound.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Te Anau tour itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wanaka to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 26:

Dunedin, New Zealand

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Otago Peninsula and Penguin Place. Escape the urban bustle at Tunnel Beach Track and The Royal Albatross Centre. Step out of Dunedin with an excursion to Nugget Point/Tokata Walks in Balclutha--about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, learn more about the world around you at Otago Museum, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, and step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Dunedin planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Dunedin with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:

Banff National Park, Canada

— 5 nights
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Icefields Parkway and Tunnel Mountain Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Emerald Lake and Moraine Lake. Venture out of the city with trips to Grassi Lakes (in Canmore) and Natural Bridge (in Yoho National Park). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Bow Valley Parkway, get to know the fascinating history of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, get a new perspective on nature at Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, and hike along Johnston Canyon.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Banff National Park travel route planning app.

Fly from Dunedin to Banff National Park in 23 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Dunedin to Banff National Park is minus 19 hours. In November, daytime highs in Banff National Park are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 5:

Jasper National Park, Canada

— 7 nights
The largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, sprawling Jasper National Park encompasses more than 10,000 sq km (4,200 sq mi) of largely unspoiled mountain wilderness.
Get a sense of the local culture at Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives and The Den - Jasper's Wildlife Museum. Get in touch with nature at Maligne Lake and Sunwapta Falls. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Athabasca Glacier, explore the activities along Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, stroll through Wabasso Lake, and take a memorable drive along Columbia Ice Field.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Jasper National Park day trip planning website.

You can drive from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Banff National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Jasper National Park, ranging from highs of -5°C to lows of -18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 12:

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

— 4 nights

Loveliest Town in Canada

In a place calling itself the "Loveliest Town in Canada," vacations in Niagara-on-the-Lake remain a good choice for anyone searching for a relaxed and scenic experience in Canada's wine country.
Take a break from the city and head to Niagara Falls Canada and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get some cultural insight at Peller Estates Winery and Wine Tours & Tastings. Explore Niagara-on-the-Lake's surroundings by going to Niagara Falls (Horseshoe Falls & Journey Behind the Falls). There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Niagara on the Lake Heritage District, do a tasting at Reif Estate Winery, and get to know the resident critters at Bird Kingdom.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Niagara-on-the-Lake trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jasper National Park to Niagara-on-the-Lake takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jasper National Park to Niagara-on-the-Lake. While traveling from Jasper National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ranging from highs of 2°C to lows of -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Quebec City.

Things to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Wineries · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:

Quebec City, Canada

— 7 nights
With a World Heritage-listed old town, Quebec City remains a walkable and safe hub of culture, commerce, and education offering a blend of fascinating history and a range of tourist-oriented activities.
Get some cultural insight at Old Quebec and Plains of Abraham. Get outdoors at Parc de la Chute-Montmorency and Laurentian Mountains. Take a break from Quebec City with a short trip to Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre in Sainte Anne de Beaupre, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Upper Town (Haute-Ville), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Cathedrale - Notre-Dame-de-Quebec, don't miss a visit to Place Royale, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Port.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Quebec City road trip tool.

You can fly from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Quebec City in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Quebec City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 23:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
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.

Canada travel guide

4.6
Parks · Specialty Museums · Waterfalls
Most people remember their holiday in Canada by the country's great outdoors, yet this sprawling land of hulking mountains and rocky coastlines also boasts numerous modern cities, home to some of the world's finest dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Made for leisurely road trips, North America's biggest country features vast landscapes still unspoiled by mass tourism. A tour of Canada reveals a place packed with diverse cultures, living in tolerance and enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world. If the vastness of those natural landscapes overwhelms you at any point during your Canada vacation, head to the openhearted cities of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, ideal destinations for art lovers, history buffs, shopaholics, fashionistas, and impassioned foodies.