59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly
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Auckland
— 5 nights
Drive
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Russell
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kerikeri
— 6 nights
Fly
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 7 nights
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 4 nights
Fly to Hokitika, Bus to Fox Glacier
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Fox Glacier
— 5 nights
Drive
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 7 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol

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Auckland

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.
Devonport and Wine Tours & Tastings are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at EcoZip Adventures and Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre. Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Waiheke Island (Waiheke Community Art Gallery & Connells Bay Sculpture Park) and Matakana (Sculptureum & The Vivian Gallery). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to SkyTower, kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach, stroll around Little Shoal Bay Reserve, and browse the different shops at The Strand Arcade.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Auckland online trip itinerary maker.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Auckland is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Auckland is 11 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in January; daily highs in Auckland reach 22°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Russell.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:

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Russell

Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Pompallier Mission and Printery and Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve will appeal to history buffs. We've included these beaches for you: Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation. and Oneroa Bay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Russell: Paihia (Urupukapuka Island & Opua Forest Lookout Track). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with Phantom Sailing, look for gifts at South Sea Art, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and go for a walk through Bay of Islands Coastal Walkway - Okiato to Russell.

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

Drive from Auckland to Russell in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Russell

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 18:

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Kerikeri

Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Paihia Harbour. Do some cultural sightseeing at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Akeake Historic Reserve Track. And it doesn't end there: stop by The Kauri Workshop, find something for the whole family at Action World, take a memorable tour with Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Day Tours, and browse the fresh offerings at Bay of Islands Farmers Market.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kerikeri day trip app.

Getting from Russell to Kerikeri by car takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 24:

6
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Rotorua

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bay Explorer Island & Wildlife Cruise and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Get some historical perspective at Te Puia and Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Summit Track & Mount Maunganui Base Track) and Skydive Tauranga (in Tauranga). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Whakaari White Island Volcano, contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kerikeri to Rotorua takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Rotorua sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 30:

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Taupo

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.
L'Arte and Lava Glass are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Huka Falls Walkway and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Step out of Taupo to go to Turangi and see Tongariro National Trout Centre, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, explore the landscape on two wheels at Great Lake Trail, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip maker website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 6:

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Popular historic sites such as Ohakune Old Coach Road and Te Porere Redoubt are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Horsemtrails. And it doesn't end there: get a bird's-eye view with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and stroll through Taranaki Falls.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 11:

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Kapiti Island. When in Waitomo Caves, make a side trip to see Mokau Museum and Gallery in Mokau, approximately Mokau away. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, explore and take pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, and explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld.

To find out how to plan a trip to Waitomo Caves, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 15:

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Fox Glacier

A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery and River Walk. Get outdoors at Franz Josef Glacier and Hooker Valley Track. Explore Fox Glacier's surroundings by going to Sentinel Rock Walk (in Franz Josef) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Kea Point Track & Glencoe Walk). There's still lots to do: stroll through Gillespies Beach, hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, get the adrenaline pumping with Skydive Fox Glacier, and see Across Country Quad Bikes.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier online itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Waitomo Caves to Fox Glacier takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 20:

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Queenstown

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Head to Silver Fern Gallery and Queenstown Arts Centrefor some retail therapy. Visiting Mount Aspiring National Park and Zipline will get you outdoors. Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Wanaka (Rippon Vineyard, Lake Wanaka, &more). Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ben Lomond Track, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 26:

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Milford Sound and Fiordland Outdoors Co.. Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Milford sound Hwy). On the 1st (Mon), hike the day away at Kepler Track. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Lake Marian Track, get outside with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, hike along Gertrude Saddle, and explore the activities along Ivan Wilson Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau planning site.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 5:

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
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.