58 days in New Zealand Itinerary

58 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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1
Queenstown
— 5 nights
2
Te Anau
— 7 nights
3
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 5 nights
4
Christchurch
— 5 nights
5
Wellington
— 5 nights
6
Taupo
— 6 nights
7
Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
8
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
9
Rotorua
— 6 nights
10
Paihia
— 5 nights
11
Auckland
— 4 nights

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.
Visiting Mount Aspiring National Park and Boat Tours & Water Sports will get you outdoors. Peregrine Wines and Silver Fern Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and trek along Ben Lomond Track.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown online trip planner.

Quito, Ecuador to Queenstown is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Quito to Queenstown is 17 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Mount Aspiring National Park
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 11:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Mount Aspiring National Park ©
Mount Aspiring National Park
Zipline

7
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.
Visiting Milford Sound and Lake Marian Track will get you outdoors. Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Milford sound Hwy). Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 18th (Thu), hike the day away at Kepler Track. There's much more to do: hike along Mirror Lakes Walk, explore the activities along Te Anau Glowworm Caves, look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park, and stroll through Lake Gunn.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau day trip site.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Marian Track ©
Lake Marian Track

5
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Escape the urban bustle at Franz Josef Glacier and Gillespies Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at River Walk and ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Fox Glacier South Side Walk, &more) and Sentinel Rock Walk (in Franz Josef).

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) road trip planning website.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Christchurch.

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

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef, Hapuka Estuary Walk
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

5
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Appreciate the collections at Canterbury Museum and Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu). Visit Mona Vale and Cardboard Cathedral for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Akaroa (Catholic St. Patrick's Akaroa, Lava, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rapaki Track, pause for some serene contemplation at Christchurch Cathedral, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Crater Rim Walkway.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip builder.

Traveling by bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Akaroa, Ohinetahi Garden
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Wellington Museum. The Great War Exhibition and The One Room Fan Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Wellington side-trips: Cobblestones Museum (in Greytown), Masterton (Pukaha National Wildlife Centre & The Pointon Collection) and Marlborough Sounds (in Picton). And it doesn't end there: get around town with Wellington Cable Car, see the interesting displays at Southward Car Museum, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, and stroll through Catchpool Loop Walk.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Wellington day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Wellington, with lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Masterton, Cobblestones Museum, Pataka Art + Museum, Southward Car Museum, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 2:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

6
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Appreciate the collections at Taupo Museum and Lava Glass. Get outdoors at Huka Falls Walkway and Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley. Change things up with a short trip to Tongariro National Trout Centre in Turangi (about 44 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the landscape on two wheels at Great Lake Trail, and view the masterpieces at Tukairangi Gallery.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Wellington to Taupo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Huka Falls, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Tongariro National Trout Centre
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave

5
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Take a break from the city and head to Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit. Visit Ohakune Old Coach Road and Te Porere Redoubt for their historical value. On the 10th (Sat), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's still lots to do: trek along Rotopounamu Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Taranaki Falls, and admire the sheer force of Mangawhero Falls.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip maker site.

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, thenHead underground at Caveworld, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, thenHead underground at Ruakuri Cave, thenrelax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves travel route planner.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

6
nights
Rotorua

Rotorua ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Te Puia and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Get some cultural insight at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village and Buried Village of Te Wairoa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Summit Track & Mount Maunganui Base Track). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua day trip planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tauranga, Hamilton Gardens, Hobbiton Movie Set, River Rafting & Tubing, Whakaari White Island Volcano
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 21:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

5
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.
Visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Christ Church for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pompallier Mission and Printery and Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve Walk. Venture out of the city with trips to Tapeka Point Track (in Russell) and Whangarei (Bream Head Coast Walks & Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve). Spend a day of island exploring on the 24th (Sat) at Urupukapuka Island. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, go for a walk through Opua Forest Lookout Track, admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia trip itinerary planning tool.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri, Whangarei, Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve Walk
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 26:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve ©
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Auckland Museum and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Rangitoto Island and Cheltenham Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Connells Bay Sculpture Park in Waiheke Island (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, examine the collection at New Zealand Maritime Museum, enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and stop by Kiwa Art.

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Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April in Auckland, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Smiths Bush Reserve, Kiwa Art, Connells Bay Sculpture Park, Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Connells Bay Sculpture Park ©
Connells Bay Sculpture Park

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