60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand travel route builder

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Paihia
— 6 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
— 4 nights
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Wellington
— 3 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
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Taupo
— 7 nights
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
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Hamilton
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 5 nights
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Paihia

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Te Waimate Mission (in Waimate North), Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Nancy Fladgate Track) and Manginangina Kauri Walk (in Kerikeri). Spend a day of island exploring on the 30th (Tue) at Urupukapuka Island. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines, explore the landscape on two wheels at Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, and don't miss a visit to KeriKeri New Zealand.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paihia sightseeing planner.

Toronto, Canada to Paihia is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Toronto to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queenstown: Wanaka (Lake Wanaka & Wanaka War Memorial) and Kawarau Suspension Bridge (in Gibbston). And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown holiday planner.

Fly from Paihia to Queenstown in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 13th (Tue), hike the day away at Kepler Track. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, stroll through Gertrude Saddle, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 4 nights
Explore Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)'s surroundings by going to Fox Glacier (Gillespies Beach, Moraine Walk, &more).

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) online route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Akaroa (Lava, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). On the 23rd (Fri), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, and explore the world behind art at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu).

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Transportation · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and admire the striking features of Old St Paul's.

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

You can fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 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 April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Wellington, with lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park

— 5 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 28th (Wed), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 2nd (Sun), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Tongariro Northern Circuit, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, and explore the activities along Tama Lakes.

To find photos and tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip itinerary maker app.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Taupo

— 7 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: trek along Huka Falls Walkway, explore and take pictures at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and take in nature's colorful creations at Joan Williamson Rose Garden.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo online trip builder.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Rotorua

— 6 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: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, trot along with a tour on horseback, contemplate the long history of Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, and explore the world behind art at Rotorua Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua day trip planner.

Drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, hike along Ruakuri Walk, and surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves travel route website.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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 19th (Wed): head outdoors with Raglan Rock and then head off the coast to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Ruakura Berry Farm, stop by Alexander Organics, then don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, and finally admire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hamilton tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Shopping

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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, head off the coast to Waiheke Island, and see the interesting displays at New Zealand Maritime Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Auckland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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.