60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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
12
Te Anau
— 7 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Kauri Museum and Waitangi Treaty Grounds. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Paihia Harbour and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with these side-trips from Paihia: Whangarei (Town Basin & Whangarei Falls), Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Christ Church) and Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, and admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paihia trip itinerary builder app .

Jerusalem, Israel to Paihia is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Jerusalem to Paihia, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of the city life by going to Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Horseback Riding Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Summit Track & Mount Maunganui Base Track) and Taupo (Helicopter Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, hike along Blue Lake Track, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and stroll through Tikitapu Nature Walk.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

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

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ruakuri Walk and Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. Get in touch with nature at Ruakuri Cave and Ngarunui Beach. The adventure continues: Head underground at Caveworld, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves road trip app .

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, Ngarunui Beach
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 ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Turoa Ski Area are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Mount Ruapehu and Mead's Wall. Step out of Whakapapa to go to Turangi and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 34 minutes away.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Whakapapa online visit planner .

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can 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:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Visiting Abel Tasman Coast Track and Kaiteriteri Beach will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs). Change things up with these side-trips from Abel Tasman National Park: Heaphy Track (in Kahurangi National Park), Dancing Sands Distillery (in Takaka) and Wharariki Beach Walking Track (in Puponga). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Wainui Falls Track, trek along Rawhiti Cave Track, look for all kinds of wild species at The Grove Scenic Reserve, and browse the exhibits of Lollokiki Sculpture 705.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Abel Tasman National Park trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Whakapapa to Abel Tasman National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Takaka, Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), Heaphy Track, Wharariki Beach Walking Track, The Grove Scenic Reserve
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) ©

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Seal Colony, hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and then hike along Ohau Stream Walk. On the next day, get interesting insight from Tours, don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kaikoura tour builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Kaikoura. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to 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): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, steep yourself in history at The Giant's House, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: 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 where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Akaroa road trip site .

Drive from Kaikoura to Akaroa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December in Akaroa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Akaroa

Tours Outdoors 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.
Get in touch with nature at Hooker Valley Track and Fox Glacier. Step off the beaten path and head to Kea Point Track and Fox Glacier Hiking Trails. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matheson Walk, hike along Mount Fox Route, stroll through Moraine Walk, and take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier online itinerary planner .

Drive from Akaroa to Fox Glacier in 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 catcht 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:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Transport and Toy Museum and Rippon Vineyard. Step out of the city life by going to Roys Peak Track and River Rafting & Tubing. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka, and trek along Mount Iron Track.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Wanaka sightseeing planner.

Take a bus from Fox Glacier to Wanaka in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to take a 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Queenstown Hill and Glenorchy-Queenstown Road. Chard Farm Winery and Stoneridge Estate & Bald Hills Cellar Door are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Otago Central Rail Trail, get outside with Arrowtown Village, hit the slopes at The Remarkables Ski Area, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner .

Take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Otago Central Rail Trail, Arrowtown Village
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Penguin Place and Tunnel Beach Track. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nugget Point/Tokata Walks and First Church of Otago. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dunedin: Oamaru (Moeraki Boulders Beach, Steampunk HQ, & more). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, get curious at Otago Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Speight’s Brewery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Botanic Garden.

You can plan Dunedin trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Dunedin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catcht the 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 The Chasm Walk. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Routeburn Track and Hollyford Track. Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford), Kayaking & Canoeing (in Manapouri) and Milford Sound (Pops View Look Out & Bowen Falls). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, trek along Lake Gunn, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kepler Track, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Te Anau vacation planner .

Getting from Dunedin to Te Anau by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Routeburn Track, Milford Foreshore Walk, Kayaking & Canoeing
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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