60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Foot + Fly:  30 h
1
Queenstown
— 5 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Te Anau
— 6 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h
5
Christchurch
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h
6
Wellington
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
7
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Whakapapa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Taupo
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
11
Hamilton
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
12
Auckland
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
13
Paihia
— 5 nights
Fly + Foot:  31 h
End: Birmingham

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, see Off-Road Tours, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown driving holiday planning app .

Birmingham, UK to Queenstown is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Birmingham to Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 27:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, about 1h 15 min away. On the 1st (Sat), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, hike along Mirror Lakes Walk, and stroll through Lake Gunn.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau journey maker tool .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 2:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
When in Mt. Cook Village, make a side trip to see Lake Tekapo in Lake Tekapo, approximately Lake Tekapo away. There's much more to do: hike along Hooker Valley Track, stroll through Ski The Tasman, head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and see the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 6:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point 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.
Fox Glacier is known for trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, stroll through Minnehaha Walk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier sightseeing website .

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier takes 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 10:
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Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

5
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Akaroa (The Garden at French Farm & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Geraldine Observatory (in Geraldine). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, and examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre.

To find photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip planner.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Christchurch in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Tours Transportation

Side Trips

Akaroa, Ohinetahi Garden, Little River Gallery, Geraldine Observatory, Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 15:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Wellington side-trips: Picton (Queen Charlotte Track & Marlborough Sounds). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and get great views at Mount Victoria.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Wellington using our trip planner.

Fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Wellington, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Picton, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Catchpool Loop Walk, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 20:
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Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

1
night
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get curious at Puke Ariki, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pukekura Park, then stop by Giles Chocolatier, and finally go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our New Plymouth driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to New Plymouth takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Zoos & Aquariums Museums Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 21:
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Puke Ariki ©
Puke Ariki

5
nights
Whakapapa

Go for a jaunt from Whakapapa to Turangi to see River Rafting & Tubing about 34 minutes away.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Whakapapa trip planner.

Traveling by car from New Plymouth to Whakapapa takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 26:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rotorua (Horseback Riding Tours, Zipline, &more). There's still lots to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids.

For where to stay, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo online travel route planner .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 3:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

3
nights
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: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and trek along Ruakuri Walk.

To find reviews, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read Waitomo Caves road trip website .

You can drive from Taupo to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aranui Cave, Kapiti Island
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 6:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

2
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the 7th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens, don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, then get outside with Raglan Rock, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hamilton trip itinerary tool .

Take a bus from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Raglan, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 8:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Raglan Rock ©
Raglan Rock

5
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 Stockade Hill (in Howick), Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Waiheke Island). There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, do a tasting at Foxes Island, enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island.

To see other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Auckland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cheltenham Beach, Matakana War Memorial, Tawharanui Regional Park, Stockade Hill, Wine Tours & Tastings
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 13:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei) and Russell (Tapeka Point Track & Pompallier Mission and Printery). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Paihia road trip planner.

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Bream Head Coast Walks
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 18:
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

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