57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Paihia
— 5 nights
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Auckland
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hamilton
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 5 nights
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Taupo
— 5 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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New Plymouth
— 1 night
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Wellington
— 3 nights
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Christchurch
— 4 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 4 nights
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12
Queenstown
— 6 nights
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Te Anau
— 7 nights
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Paihia

— 5 nights
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, &more) and The Northland Firehouse Museum Trust (in Kaikohe). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, look for gifts at The Cabbage Tree Shop, trek along Kerikeri River Track, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Paihia journey planning app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Paihia is an approximately 30-hour flight. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Auckland

— 5 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Connells Bay Sculpture Park in Waiheke Island (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: make a trip to SkyTower, walk around Auckland Domain, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, and admire all the interesting features of Viaduct Harbour.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Auckland trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Auckland, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hamilton

— 2 nights

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stroll around Hamilton Gardens, look for gifts at Alexander Organics, then take an in-depth tour of Cambridge Museum, then don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Koutu. On the next day, examine the collection at Waikato Museum, get outside with Raglan Rock, and then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton visit app.

You can drive from Auckland to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Waitomo Caves

— 3 nights
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, hike along Ruakuri Walk, take a memorable tour with Tours, and snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Rotorua

— 5 nights

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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and take in the natural beauty of Te Puia.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rotorua are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Taupo

— 5 nights

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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, grab your bike and head to Great Lake Trail, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Taupo sightseeing planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to take a shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park

— 5 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. On the 6th (Wed), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ridge Track, explore the activities along Tama Lakes, and hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park online trip planner.

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

New Plymouth

— 1 night
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): have fun and explore at Puke Ariki, then look for gifts at Giles Chocolatier, then take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, and finally get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our New Plymouth trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to New Plymouth in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can fly to Wellington.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Parks

Wellington

— 3 nights

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.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner.

You can fly from New Plymouth to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Wellington, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Christchurch

— 4 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Charles Upham VC Statue (in Amberley) and Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre (in Hanmer Springs). On the 12th (Tue), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Christchurch vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Wellington in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 6°C in Christchurch. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 4 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier South Side Walk, Helicopter Tours, &more).

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip itinerary website.

Explore your travel options from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Queenstown.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Queenstown

— 6 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 20th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. On the 22nd (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, push the limits with an extreme tour, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Queenstown with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Te Anau

— 7 nights
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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound--about 1 hour away. Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, hike along The Chasm Walk, and stroll through Mirror Lakes Walk.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau travel planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.