60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

Make it your trip
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Auckland
— 5 nights
Fly
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Queenstown
— 7 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 5 nights
Drive
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Wanaka
— 6 nights
Drive
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
Drive
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Christchurch
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Picton
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Wellington
— 4 nights
Fly
10
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive
11
Taupo
— 6 nights
Drive
12
Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive
13
Whitianga
— 3 nights
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wild on Waiheke and Rangitoto Island. Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Matakana (Sculptureum & Matakana War Memorial). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, take a memorable tour with Tours, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, and identify plant and animal life at Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland tour itinerary builder site.

Gdansk, Poland to Auckland is an approximately 28.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 11 hour difference. Traveling from Gdansk in September, you will find days in Auckland are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Queenstown

— 7 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coronet Peak and Beer Tastings & Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queenstown: Cardrona (Cardrona Distillery & UnderDog Sled Dog Tours), Glenorchy Animal Experience (in Glenorchy) and Glenorchy-Queenstown Road (in Mount Creighton). On the 13th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. There's much more to do: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, trek along Queenstown Hill, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Queenstown travel route planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Te Anau

— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Te Anau and Queens Park. Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Boat Tours & Water Sports) and E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian (in Invercargill). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, get outside with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, and trek along Gertrude Saddle.

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Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Wanaka

— 6 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Snow Farm NZ and Lake Wanaka. Go for a jaunt from Wanaka to Cardrona to see Cardrona Alpine Resort about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: hike along Roys Peak Track, trot along with a tour on horseback, fly down the slopes at Wanaka, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Iron Track.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Wanaka planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Wanaka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 3 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Helicopter Tours and Aoraki/Mt. Cook. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Gillespies Beach, Fox Glacier South Side Walk, &more).

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Wanaka to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (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

— 6 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hagley Park and Banks Peninsula. Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Akaroa (Saint Peter's Anglican Church, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). On the 2nd (Sat), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. There's still lots to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, contemplate the waterfront views at Avon River, brush up on your military savvy at Air Force Museum of New Zealand, and contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch day trip app.

Explore your travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch with the Route module. In September, daytime highs in Christchurch are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Transportation · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Kaikoura

— 2 nights
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Seal Colony, then make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and then view the masterpieces at Art & Design Gallery. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then trek along Ohau Stream Walk, and then trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

To find ratings and tourist information, read our Kaikoura online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Picton.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Picton

— 2 nights

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 7th (Thu), hike along Queen Charlotte Track. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the waterfront activity at Picton Sound, then see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre, and finally explore the activities along Queen Charlotte Sound.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Picton trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Picton takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Wellington.

Things to do in Picton

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Wellington

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Great War Exhibition and Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden. Change things up with a short trip to Kapiti Coast Electric Tramway in Paekakariki (about 40 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, and explore the activities along Oriental Bay.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Wellington day trip planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Picton to Wellington takes 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours and Caveworld. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, and take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

Plan a Waitomo Caves trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Taupo

— 6 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mount Ruapehu and Helicopter Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taupo: Tongariro National Park (Turoa Ski Area & Te Porere Redoubt) and Napier (Marine Parade & Wine Tours & Tastings). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, take in the natural beauty of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, and stop by Huka Honey Hive.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Taupo online holiday planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car 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.
Explore hidden gems such as St. Faith's Anglican Church and River Rafting & Tubing. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt Maunganui Main Beach (in Mount Maunganui), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and the Zeus Gallery (in Tauranga). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Rotorua, witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and don't miss a visit to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua vacation maker.

Drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Whitianga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Whitianga

— 3 nights
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Paku and then boost your wellbeing at The Lost Spring. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk, stroll through Hot Water Beach, then explore the activities along Stingray Bay, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Whitianga road trip tool.

Drive from Rotorua to Whitianga in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
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.