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
— 7 nights
Drive
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Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Christchurch
— 4 nights
Fly
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
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Wanaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dunedin
— 6 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 6 nights
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Napier
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 5 nights
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Wai-O-Tapu
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Whitianga
— 2 nights
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Auckland

— 7 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hauraki Gulf and Walking tours. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, get interesting insight from Tours, make a trip to North Head Historic Reserve, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Auckland day trip planning app.

Gdansk, Poland to Auckland is an approximately 28.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from Gdansk to Auckland. Traveling from Gdansk in September, expect nights in Auckland to be a bit warmer, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Paihia

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Anglican Church, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours, then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and then admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Paihia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Christchurch.

Things to do in Paihia

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hagley Park and Quake City. Venture out of the city with trips to Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Banks Peninsula, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, don't miss a visit to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, and head outdoors with Bridle Path.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch trip builder website.

Getting from Paihia to Christchurch by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. September in Christchurch sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Coronet Peak and Beer Tastings & Tours. Change things up with a short trip to UnderDog Sled Dog Tours in Cardrona (about 52 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at The Remarkables Ski Area, hike along Queenstown Hill, see Off-Road Tours, and contemplate the waterfront views at Moke Lake.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip maker app.

Fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Wanaka

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Snow Farm NZ and Wanaka. Step out of Wanaka to go to Cardrona and see Cardrona Alpine Resort, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka, trot along with a tour on horseback, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and trek along Mount Iron Track.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Wanaka day trip planning site.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Te Anau

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Te Anau and Ivan Wilson Park. Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford Sound and see Boat Tours & Water Sports, which is approximately 1 hour away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, stop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and trek along Lake Marian Track.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau online attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Wanaka to Te Anau with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Dunedin

— 6 nights

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oamaru's Victorian Precinct and Otago Museum. Step out of Dunedin with an excursion to Moeraki Boulders Beach in Oamaru--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, identify plant and animal life at The Royal Albatross Centre, make a trip to The World's Steepest Street, and admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dunedin holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Dunedin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wellington

— 6 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 Old St Paul's. Change things up with a short trip to Queen Charlotte Track in Picton (about 2 hours away). Spend the 9th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wellington Zoo, and take a peaceful walk through Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden.

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

Traveling by flight from Dunedin to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Napier.

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Napier

— 3 nights
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Te Mata Peak. The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Birdwoods Gallery, make a trip to Marine Parade, have fun and explore at Faraday Centre museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Puketapu Loop - Hawke's Bay Trails.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Napier holiday planner.

Fly from Wellington to Napier in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Napier

Parks · Wineries · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mount Ruapehu and Helicopter Tours. Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Tongariro National Park (Turoa Ski Area & Te Porere Redoubt). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, stop by Huka Honey Hive, and take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave.

To find out how to plan a trip to Taupo, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Napier to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Wai-O-Tapu.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Wai-O-Tapu

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Rotomahana, explore the activities along The Bridge at Waiotapu Stream, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Wai-O-Tapu trip planner.

Getting from Taupo to Wai-O-Tapu by car takes about an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wai-O-Tapu

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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 Horseback Riding Tours. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Mt Maunganui Main Beach (in Mount Maunganui). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Rotorua, and take in the natural beauty of Te Puia.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip itinerary planning site.

Rotorua is just a short distance from Wai-O-Tapu. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Waitomo Caves

— 2 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.
On the 27th (Wed), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, and then snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Aranui Cave, then head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Whitianga

— 2 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 29th (Fri): boost your wellbeing at The Lost Spring and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitianga road trip planning website.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Whitianga in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. October in Whitianga sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Spas · Nature · Tours

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.