60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Paihia
— 6 nights
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Auckland
— 5 nights
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Hamilton
— 2 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
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Taupo
— 6 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
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Wellington
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
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Te Anau
— 7 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 4 nights
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Christchurch
— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paihia: Whangarei (Town Basin & Bream Head Coast Walks) and Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Tapeka Point Track). Spend a day of island exploring on the 17th (Wed) at Urupukapuka Island. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Paihia is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Paihia, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

5
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Auckland to Waiheke Island to see Wine Tours & Tastings about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to SkyTower, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island, and stop by Pauanesia.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Auckland holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

2
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Hamilton

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the 27th (Sat), stroll around Hamilton Gardens and then get outside with Raglan Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): let little ones run wild at Memorial Park, don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, and then head off the coast to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Auckland to Hamilton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trips

3
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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, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and stroll through Ruakuri Walk.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

6
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Summit Track & Mount Maunganui Base Track) and the Zeus Gallery (in Tauranga). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, get interesting insight from Tours, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and contemplate the long history of Te Puia.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Rotorua sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

6
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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.
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, let the kids burn off some steam at Huka Prawn Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Taupo online route builder.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 13th (Tue), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 14th (Wed), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's still lots to do: stroll through Tongariro Northern Circuit, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, trek along Taranaki Falls, and explore the activities along Tama Lakes.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park day trip site.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

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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.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, contemplate the long history of Wellington Cable Car, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

To see ratings and other tourist information, go to the Wellington road trip app.

Fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. April in Wellington sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take an exotic tour of Nomad Safaris.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown holiday builder site.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wineries

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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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 29th (Thu), hike the day away at Kepler Track. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, trek along Lake Marian Track, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, and get outside with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions.

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

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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Explore Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)'s surroundings by going to Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Helicopter Tours, &more).

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Christchurch.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

5
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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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: Akaroa (The Garden at French Farm, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). On the 10th (Mon), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Mona Vale, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christchurch Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch takes 4.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
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.