60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Jerusalem
Fly:  29 h
1
Paihia
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Whakapapa
— 6 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
5
Abel Tasman National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Akaroa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
8
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Bus:  4 h
9
Wanaka
— 6 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
10
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
11
Dunedin
— 5 nights
Bus:  5 h 15 min
12
Te Anau
— 7 nights
Bus + Fly:  33 h
End: Jerusalem

5
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Paihia Harbour and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi), Whangarei (Town Basin & Whangarei Falls) and Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Christ Church). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at The Parrot Place, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, take an in-depth tour of The Kauri Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Anglican Church.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia journey site.

Jerusalem, Israel to Paihia is an approximately 28- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Jerusalem to Paihia. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Russell, Whangarei, Kerikeri, The Kauri Museum, Tane Mahuta Walk
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 10:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

6
nights
Rotorua

Rotorua ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Huka Falls Walkway and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Helicopter Tours, Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, &more) and Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Summit Track & Mount Maunganui Base Track). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua travel route planner.

Getting from Paihia to Rotorua by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. November in Rotorua sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Tauranga, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 16:
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Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach

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.
Get outdoors at Ruakuri Cave and Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ruakuri Walk and Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk. When in Waitomo Caves, make a side trip to see Ngarunui Beach in Raglan, approximately Raglan away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ngarunui Beach, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:
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Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

6
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mount Ruapehu and Te Porere Redoubt. Get a sense of the local culture at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Taranaki Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Whakapapa side-trips: Tongariro National Park (Horsemtrails, Ohakune Old Coach Road, &more) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and stroll through Rotopounamu Track.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Whakapapa journey planning tool.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 25:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu

4
nights
Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park ©
Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Abel Tasman Coast Track and Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs). Take a break from the city and head to Wharariki Beach Walking Track and Kaiteriteri Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Abel Tasman National Park: Heaphy Track (in Kahurangi National Park) and Dancing Sands Distillery (in Takaka). There's much more to do: trek along Wainui Falls Track, explore the fascinating underground world of Rawhiti Cave Track, take in the exciting artwork at Sculpture705 Lollokiki, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Grove Scenic Reserve.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Abel Tasman National Park journey maker site.

Explore your travel options from Whakapapa to Abel Tasman National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Takaka, The Grove Scenic Reserve, Heaphy Track, Sculpture705 Lollokiki, Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs)
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Wharariki Beach Walking Track ©
Wharariki Beach Walking Track
Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs) ©
Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs)

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony, hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and then stroll through Ohau Stream Walk. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kaikoura sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Abel Tasman National Park to Kaikoura. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Akaroa.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your plan
Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway

2
nights
Akaroa

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then admire the natural beauty at The Giants House, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On your second day here, stop by Little River Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Akaroa Museum, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Akaroa trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Akaroa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Akaroa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Akaroa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Little River Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hooker Valley Track and Lake Pukaki. Escape the urban bustle at Lake Matheson Walk and Gillespies Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Fox Glacier: Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Glencoe Walk & Kea Point Track). And it doesn't end there: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Akaroa to Fox Glacier takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Franz Josef, Lake Pukaki
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk

6
nights
Wanaka

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Escape the urban bustle at Roys Peak Track and Mount Iron Track. Get some cultural insight at National Transport and Toy Museum and Rippon Vineyard. Next up on the itinerary: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, have some family-friendly fun at Puzzling World, trek along Blue Pools Track, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Wanaka trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Wanaka by bus takes about 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 13:
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Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron 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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Otago Central Rail Trail. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chard Farm Winery and Mt Rosa Wines. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ben Lomond Track, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Queenstown itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Arrowtown Village, Otago Central Rail Trail
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 19:
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Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Otago Central Rail Trail ©
Otago Central Rail Trail
Safaris

5
nights
Dunedin

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Visiting Penguin Place and Orokonui Ecosanctuary will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nugget Point/Tokata Walks and Steampunk HQ. Venture out of the city with trips to Oamaru (Moeraki Boulders Beach & Oamaru's Victorian Precinct). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Tunnel Beach Track, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, make a trip to The World's Steepest Street, and see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dunedin trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Dunedin in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Oamaru, Nugget Point/Tokata Walks
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track

7
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Milford Sound and Routeburn Track. Explore hidden gems such as The Chasm Walk and Kepler Track. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Te Anau: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford), Kayaking & Canoeing (in Manapouri) and Milford Sound (Pops View Look Out & Bowen Falls). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, hike along Lake Gunn, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Marian Track, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Dunedin to Te Anau takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Milford Foreshore Walk, Kayaking & Canoeing, Routeburn Track
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

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