60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

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Auckland
— 6 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Wellington
— 4 nights
Ferry to Picton, Taxi to Blenheim
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Blenheim
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nelson
— 2 nights
Drive
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Abel Tasman National Park
— 3 nights
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Hokitika
— 4 nights
Bus
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 4 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 7 nights
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
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Dunedin
— 4 nights
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Christchurch
— 4 nights
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Auckland

— 6 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.
You've now added Waiheke Island to your itinerary. Take a break from Auckland with a short trip to EcoZip Adventures in Oneroa, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and get impressive views of Mount Eden.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip planner.

Seoul, South Korea to Auckland is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Seoul to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Seoul in September: high temperatures in Auckland hover around 15°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tamaki Maori Village as well as Rotorua Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Waitomo Caves (Caveworld, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Rotorua, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in September: highs in Rotorua hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Taupo

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Turangi (Tongariro River Trail & Tongariro National Trout Centre). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, laugh and play at Huka Prawn Park, don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, and explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Taupo trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park

— 4 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 23rd (Fri), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, hike along Tongariro Northern Circuit, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Taranaki Falls.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park online attractions planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Wellington Zoo as well as Mount Victoria. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and get great views at Wellington Cable Car.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. September in Wellington sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 10°C at night. On the 29th (Thu), you'll travel to Blenheim.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Blenheim

— 3 nights
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Wine Tours & Tastings as well as Queen Charlotte Track. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and take in the waterfront at Picton Sound.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Blenheim route planner.

Fly from Wellington to Blenheim in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. September in Blenheim sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nelson.

Things to do in Blenheim

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Tours

Side Trip

Nelson

— 2 nights

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Marlborough Sounds has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Nelson Provincial Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Centre of New Zealand.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nelson online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Blenheim to Nelson takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Nelson

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Abel Tasman National Park

— 3 nights
Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
You've now added Heaphy Track to your itinerary. On the 5th (Wed), trek along Heaphy Track. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Abel Tasman Coast Track.

Plan my trip to Abel Tasman National Park with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Nelson to Abel Tasman National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Hokitika

— 4 nights
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Your day by day itinerary now includes National Kiwi Centre as well as Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk. When in Hokitika, make a side trip to see Monteith's Brewing Company in Greymouth, approximately Greymouth away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, identify plant and animal life at Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe, kick back and relax at Hokitika Beach, and view the masterpieces at Wilderness Gallery.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hokitika itinerary builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Hokitika. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 4 nights
You've now added West Coast Wildlife Centre to your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Lake Matheson Walk, Fox Glacier South Side Walk, &more).

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) fast, fun, and easy.

You can take a bus from Hokitika to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. You will leave for Te Anau on the 15th (Sat).

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

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.
You've now added Milford Track to your itinerary. Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford Sound and see Boat Tours & Water Sports, which is approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 18th (Tue), hike the day away at Kepler Track. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, see the world from above with Southern Lakes Helicopters, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and stroll through The Chasm Walk.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau vacation maker tool.

You can take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Queenstown

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kiwi Birdlife Park, Wine Tours & Tastings and Lake Wakatipu. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Wineries · Tours · Nature

Dunedin

— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Rail Tours as well as Otago Peninsula. There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Otago Museum, explore the historical opulence of Larnach Castle & Gardens, admire all the interesting features of The Royal Albatross Centre, and admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dunedin trip builder.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Dunedin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Christchurch Gondola, 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial and Quake City. There's still lots to do: stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Dunedin to Christchurch takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Christchurch sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 6°C at night. On the 2nd (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Parks · Transportation

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.