60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Paihia
— 3 nights
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Dunedin
— 4 nights
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Te Anau
— 5 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 7 nights
Bus
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Wanaka
— 4 nights
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Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
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Christchurch
— 4 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 4 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 7 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
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Auckland
— 6 nights

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve and Kaan Zamaan. Explore hidden gems such as Northland Dive and Skydive Bay of Islands. Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi), Waipoua Forest (in Waipoua Forest) and Whangarei Falls (in Whangarei). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and make a trip to KeriKeri New Zealand.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip itinerary builder site.

Auckland to Paihia is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Northland Dive ©
Must see
Northland Dive
5.0
Paihia Harbour ©
Wildlife Area
Paihia Harbour
4.6
©
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
4.6

4
nights
Dunedin

Edinburgh of the South

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.
Appreciate the collections at Otago Museum and Port Chalmers Maritime Museum. First Church of Otago and St. Paul's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, look for gifts at NZ Greenstone and Art, don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Speight’s Brewery.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Dunedin trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Paihia to Dunedin in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Penguin Place ©
Wildlife Area
Penguin Place
4.2
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Wildlife Area
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
4.7
Tunnel Beach Track ©
Hiking Trail
Tunnel Beach Track
4.8

5
nights
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 Mirror Lakes Walk and The Chasm Walk. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mitre Peak and Milford sound Hwy. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau, hike along Lake Gunn, look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Gertrude Saddle.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Te Anau journey planner.

Take a bus from Dunedin to Te Anau in 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Mitre Peak ©
Mountain
Mitre Peak
4.8
Milford sound Hwy ©
Wildlife Area
Milford sound Hwy
4.8
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Hiking Trail
Mirror Lakes Walk
4.5

7
nights
Queenstown

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Visiting Queenstown Hill and Cardrona Alpine Resort will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coronet Peak and Skydiving. Step out of Queenstown to go to Cardrona and see UnderDog Sled Dog Tours, which is approximately 54 minutes away. On the 13th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. There's lots more to do: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, appreciate the extensive heritage of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Queenstown road trip website.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

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Queenstown Hill ©
Must see
Queenstown Hill
4.8

4
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Transport and Toy Museum and The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop. Get outdoors at Snow Farm NZ and Mount Iron Track. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Wanaka, get off the beaten track with The Cardrona, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stroll through Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Wanaka trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can take a bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
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Snow Farm NZ ©
Must see
Snow Farm NZ
4.4
Roys Peak Track ©
Hiking Trail
Roys Peak Track
4.8
Wanaka ©
Ski Area
Wanaka
4.7

3
nights
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 the city and head to Across Country Quad Bikes and Lake Matheson Walk. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Skydive Fox Glacier and Fox Glacier Hiking Trails. Venture out of the city with trips to Franz Josef (Franz Josef Glacier & Sentinel Rock Walk). There's much more to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, enjoy some diversion at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting, view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, and trek along Moraine Walk.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier visit planning website.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

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Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Skydive Fox Glacier
4.9
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Scenic Walking Area
Lake Matheson Walk
4.4

4
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Christchurch

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore hidden gems such as Port Hills and Sumner Beach (Cave Rock). Do your shopping at Re:START and Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Air Force Museum of New Zealand, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, admire all the interesting features of Mona Vale, and contemplate the long history of Ferrymead Heritage Park.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Christchurch online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Christchurch takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In August in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

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Quake City ©
Specialty Museum
Quake City
4.4
Port Hills ©
Neighborhood
Port Hills
4.8

4
nights
Wellington

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.
Old St Paul's and Wellington Cable Car will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Staglands Wildlife Reserve and Safaris will get you outdoors. Step out of Wellington to go to Paraparaumu and see Southward Car Museum, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, explore the activities along Oriental Bay, admire all the interesting features of Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, and contemplate the long history of Wright's Hill.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Wellington, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 2:
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3
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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Explore hidden gems such as Mount Ruapehu and Mounds Walk. Get outdoors at Turoa Ski Area and Tawhai Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Tongariro National Park: Ruapehu Adventure Rides (in National Park Village) and National Army Museum (in Waiouru). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Te Porere Redoubt and take in the dramatic scenery at Mangawhero Falls.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary site.

Getting from Wellington to Tongariro National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:
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Mount Ruapehu ©
Must see
Mount Ruapehu
4.5
Te Porere Redoubt ©
National Park
Te Porere Redoubt
4.0

6
nights
Taupo

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like L'Arte and Craters of the Moon. Head to Lava Glass and Huka Honey Hivefor plenty of shopping. Step out of Taupo with an excursion to Tongariro National Trout Centre in Turangi--about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, push the limits with an extreme tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve.

Find out how to plan Taupo trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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©
Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.8

7
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Rotorua

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Volcanic Hills Winery and Te Puia. Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseback Riding Tours and 3D Trick Art Gallery. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, and contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 18:
Highlights from your trip
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Wildlife Area
Redwoods Treewalk
4.5

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.
Get in touch with nature at Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours and Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. Step off the beaten path and head to Ruakuri Walk and Caveworld. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, get interesting insight from Tours, relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, and head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:
Highlights from your trip
Marakopa Falls ©
Waterfall
Marakopa Falls
4.7
Ruakuri Walk ©
Hiking Trail
Ruakuri Walk
4.8
Ruakuri Cave
Cave
Ruakuri Cave
4.6

6
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Auckland

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.
Shop till you drop at Sculptureum and Waiheke Community Art Gallery. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Piha Beach and Karekare Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Connells Bay Sculpture Park (in Waiheke Island), EcoZip Adventures (in Oneroa) and Warkworth (Snells Beach & Horse Riding Warkworth). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Kauri Museum, see the interesting displays at New Zealand Maritime Museum, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Auckland, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 27:
Highlights from your trip
Piha Beach ©
Must see
Piha Beach
4.7
The Kauri Museum ©
History Museum
The Kauri Museum
4.6

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