60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Auckland
— 4 nights
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Paihia
— 6 nights
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Whitianga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Rotorua
— 6 nights
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Taupo
— 6 nights
Shuttle
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Tongariro National Park
— 6 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly
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Christchurch
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 8 nights
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Auckland

— 4 nights

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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to SkyTower, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, and step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Auckland trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Auckland is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 12 hours. While traveling from Manchester, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 6:

Paihia

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Russell (Omata Estate, Pompallier Mission and Printery, &more) and Whangarei (Bream Head Coast Walks & Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and stroll through Paihia Harbour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Paihia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 12:

Whitianga

— 2 nights
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Whiti Farm Park, stroll through Hot Water Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): kick back and relax at Opito Bay Beach and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Whitianga online holiday maker.

You can drive from Paihia to Whitianga in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Whitianga, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whitianga

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:

Waitomo Caves

— 4 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.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and trek along Ruakuri Walk.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Whitianga to Waitomo Caves takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:

Rotorua

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua route planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Rotorua sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 24:

Taupo

— 6 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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, try out the rides at Huka Prawn Park, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Taupo travel planning app.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to take a shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 30:

Tongariro National Park

— 6 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 31st (Sat), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Spend the 1st (Sun) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, hike along Ridge Track, and take in the pleasant sights at Ohakune Old Coach Road.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tongariro National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 5:

Wellington

— 3 nights

Harbour Capital

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.
Wellington is known for museums, parks, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, stroll through ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, and catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

Christchurch

— 3 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Change things up with these side-trips from Christchurch: Akaroa (The Giants House, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). On the 11th (Wed), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. There's still lots to do: walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, and take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip builder app.

You can fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Wellington in January, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Christchurch. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Transportation · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

Fox Glacier

— 4 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Step out of Fox Glacier with an excursion to Sealy Tarns Track in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk, and take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:

Queenstown

— 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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown road trip planner.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wineries
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 21:

Te Anau

— 8 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.
On the 23rd (Mon), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, stroll through Lake Marian Track, trek along The Chasm Walk, and head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau online itinerary builder.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 29:

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.