55 days in New Zealand Itinerary

55 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Jacksonville, Florida
Fly:  23 h 30 min
1
Auckland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Paihia
— 5 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
3
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Taupo
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Wellington
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
7
Christchurch
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
8
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
9
Te Anau
— 6 nights
Bus:  6 h 15 min
10
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6 h
11
Hamilton
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  25 h
End: Jacksonville, Florida

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: Kerr Farm Wine (in Kumeu), Sculptureum (in Matakana) and Warkworth Museum (in Warkworth). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, meet the residents at Auckland Zoo, admire the striking features of Alberton, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland day trip planning site.

Jacksonville, USA to Auckland is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Jacksonville to Auckland, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jacksonville in June, expect nights in Auckland to be slightly colder, around 56°F, while days are much colder, around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Kerr Farm Wine, JUMP Indoor Trampoline Park, Sculptureum, Warkworth Museum
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Russell (Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation., Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, &more). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Paihia Bookshop, make a trip to KeriKeri New Zealand, and play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club.

For more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Paihia travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Haruru Falls
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas
Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club

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.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, take in the dramatic natural features at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, hike along Ruakuri Walk, and get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves day trip planning tool.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Caveworld ©
Caveworld
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds

5
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Northern Circuit, trek along Mead's Wall, go for a walk through Mead's Wall, and admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park trip maker.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit
Rotopounamu Track ©
Rotopounamu Track

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, &more). There's still lots to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Rotorua
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

4
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: Paraparaumu (Southward Car Museum & Paraparaumu Beach). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, and learn about winemaking at Te Aro Wine.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Wellington attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. July in Wellington sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Paraparaumu, Wainui Lookout, Wellington Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

4
nights
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 Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa). There's lots more to do: catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train, go for a walk through Banks Peninsula, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michaels and All Angels, and have fun at Velocity Karts.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch journey builder app.

Getting from Wellington to Christchurch by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in July, plan for little chillier nights in Christchurch, with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Museums

Side Trips

Little River Gallery, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

The Stitching Post
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
iFLY Queenstown ©
iFLY Queenstown

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Te Anau: Milford (Key Summit Track & Milford Foreshore Walk) and Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Humboldt Falls). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, hike along Hollyford Track, pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument, and stroll through Kepler Track.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau tour itinerary builder website.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Milford, Milford Sound, Hollyford Track
Highlights from your plan
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Te Anau Lion Lookout Point ©
Te Anau Lion Lookout Point

5
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Get out of town with these interesting Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) side-trips: Franz Josef (Callery Gorge Walk, Franz Josef Glacier, &more) and Fox Glacier (River Walk, Fox Glacier South Side Walk, &more).

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip website.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Highlights from your plan
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route
Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman

4
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Get out of town with these interesting Hamilton side-trips: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera), Leveret Estate Winery and Cellar Door (in Katikati) and Rotorua (Helicopter Tours, Government Gardens, &more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens, experience rural life at Ruakura Berry Farm, hike along Mount Maunganui Summit Track, and see The Aviator Experience.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamilton journey website.

Getting from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Hamilton by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Rotorua, Tauranga, Hobbiton Movie Set, Leveret Estate Winery and Cellar Door
Highlights from your plan
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Bibleworld Musuem & Discovery Centre ©
Bibleworld Musuem & Discovery Centre

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