58 days in New Zealand Itinerary

58 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Bus:  21 h 30 min
1
Hamilton
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Taupo
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Tongariro National Park
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Wellington
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  8 h 15 min
6
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
7
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
8
Te Anau
— 6 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
9
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
10
Paihia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
11
Auckland
— 6 nights
Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hamilton: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera), Leveret Estate Winery and Cellar Door (in Katikati) and Helicopter Tours (in Rotorua). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Hamilton Gardens, stroll through Mt Maunganui Main Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Koutu, and trek along Mount Maunganui Summit Track.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hamilton trip itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Hamilton is an approximately 22.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 10 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tauranga, Lake Te Koutu, Whakaari White Island Volcano, Raglan Rock, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 9:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Whakaari White Island Volcano ©
Whakaari White Island Volcano
Helicopter Tours

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.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, hike along Ruakuri Walk, and snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

You can plan Waitomo Caves trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by bus from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kapiti Island, Aranui Cave, The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Footwhistle Glowworm Cave ©
Footwhistle Glowworm Cave
Marakopa Falls ©
Marakopa Falls

6
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Rotorua (Volcanic Hills Winery, Te Puia, &more). The adventure continues: push the limits with an extreme tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kinloch Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Waipahihi Botanical Gardens, and enjoy some diversion at Clay Break Taupo.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo itinerary maker.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 18:
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Thermal Spas

6
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
When in Tongariro National Park, make a side trip to see Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial in Ohakune, approximately Ohakune away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Tama Lakes, hike along Silica Rapids Track, stroll through Horsemtrails, and take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park vacation planning tool.

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 24:
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Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes
Silica Rapids Track ©
Silica Rapids Track
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wellington: Picton (Marlborough Sounds & Queen Charlotte Track), Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre (in Blenheim) and Framingham Wines (in Renwick). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, get outside with Great Alpine Highway, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and take in the pleasant sights at Hapuka Estuary Walk.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Wellington trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Picton, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Wellington Botanic Garden, Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, Framingham Wines
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 29:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fox Glacier: Franz Josef (Franz Josef Glacier & Roberts Point Track). There's lots more to do: stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk, hike along Moraine Walk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier online itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Fox Glacier takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 4:
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mt. Cook Village: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Glencoe Walk, Hooker Valley Track, &more). There's still lots to do: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman, trek along Red Tarns Track, and stroll through Mueller Hut Route.

Discover how to plan a Mt. Cook Village trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 8:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track
Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks ©
Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks

6
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Pops View Look Out in Milford Sound (about 54 minutes away). On the 14th (Mon), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, trek along Mirror Lakes Walk, stroll through Kepler Track, and go for a walk through Punanga Manu o Te Anau.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Pops View Look Out
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 14:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

6
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Mount Aspiring National Park in Wanaka (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take in the awesome beauty at The Remarkables Ski Area, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and enjoy some diversion at Break One.

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

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mount Aspiring National Park
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Russell (Nancy Fladgate Track, Oneroa Bay, &more) and Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Paihia trip builder site.

Getting from Queenstown to Paihia by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri, Tane Mahuta Walk, Haruru Falls
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 25:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedral Cove Walk (in Hahei) and The Lost Spring (in Whitianga). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to SkyTower, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, wander the streets of Devonport, and meet the residents at Auckland Zoo.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cheltenham Beach, Cathedral Cove Walk, The Lost Spring
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 31:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
The Lost Spring ©
The Lost Spring
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk

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