60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Queenstown
— 5 nights
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Te Anau
— 6 nights
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Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
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Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
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Christchurch
— 5 nights
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Wellington
— 5 nights
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New Plymouth
— 1 night
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Whakapapa
— 5 nights
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Taupo
— 6 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
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Hamilton
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 5 nights
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Paihia
— 5 nights

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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: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown tour planner.

Birmingham, UK to Queenstown is an approximately 30-hour flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Birmingham to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow 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
Spas
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.
When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, approximately Milford away. On the 1st (Sat), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, hike along Hollyford Track, stroll through Mirror Lakes Walk, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau travel route builder website.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough 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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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Hooker Valley Track, Sealy Tarns Track, &more) and Lake Tekapo (in Lake Tekapo). There's lots more to do: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, stroll through Red Tarns Track, and fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village trip itinerary builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

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.
Take a break from Fox Glacier with a short trip to Franz Josef Glacier in Franz Josef, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier tour planner.

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

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

5
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Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Akaroa (The Garden at French Farm & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Geraldine Observatory (in Geraldine) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, enjoy the views from TranzAlpine Train, and have some family-friendly fun at Velocity Karts.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Christchurch travel route website.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Christchurch in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in February, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Transportation · Tours

Side Trips

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

5
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wellington: Picton (Queen Charlotte Track & Marlborough Sounds). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and trek along Catchpool Loop Walk.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington travel route builder app.

Fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 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 February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Wellington. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Picton, Wellington Botanic Garden, Catchpool Loop Walk
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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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, meet the residents at Pukekura Park, then stop by Giles Chocolatier, and finally take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the New Plymouth trip planner.

Fly from Wellington to New Plymouth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in New Plymouth

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

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Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tongariro National Park (Ohakune Old Coach Road, Horsemtrails, &more) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi). And it doesn't end there: hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, stroll through Whakapapa Nature Walk, explore the activities along Tama Lakes, and take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Whakapapa travel planning website.

Traveling by car from New Plymouth to Whakapapa takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough 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:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

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Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Rotorua (Horseback Riding Tours, Zipline, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
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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: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, head off the coast to Kapiti Island, take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, and Head underground at Aranui Cave.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves road trip site.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
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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, make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set, and then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Waikato Museum, then head outdoors with Raglan Rock, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton vacation website.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Auckland: Matakana War Memorial (in Matakana), Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Waiheke Island). There's still lots to do: make a trip to SkyTower, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Auckland trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Auckland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Russell (Tapeka Point Track & Pompallier Mission and Printery) and Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei). There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Paihia trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri, Haruru Falls, Bream Head Coast Walks
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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