60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

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Fly to Kerikeri Airport, Drive to Paihia
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Paihia
— 5 nights
Fly
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Auckland
— 5 nights
Fly
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New Plymouth
— 1 night
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 6 nights
Shuttle
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly
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Christchurch
— 4 nights
Drive
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 5 nights
Drive
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 6 nights
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Paihia

— 5 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: The Northland Firehouse Museum Trust (in Kaikohe) and Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve (in Russell). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, grab your bike and head to Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, stroll through The Parrot Place, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read Paihia trip itinerary planning site.

Algiers, Algeria to Paihia is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Algiers to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Waiheke Island (Wine Tours & Tastings & Connells Bay Sculpture Park). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, walk around Auckland Domain, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Auckland fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Auckland, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can fly to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trip

New Plymouth

— 1 night
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 21st (Tue), go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway and then explore the engaging exhibits at Puke Ariki.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the New Plymouth trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Auckland to New Plymouth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Museums · Childrens Museums

Waitomo Caves

— 4 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves visit app.

Traveling by car from New Plymouth to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Hamilton

— 1 night

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the 26th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Classics Museum, see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, and then walk around Hamilton Gardens.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Hamilton fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Hamilton

Museums · Parks

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.
When in Rotorua, make a side trip to see Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera, approximately Hinuera away. There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, stop by Huka Honey Hive, bet on your favorite at Formula Challenge Racing, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park

— 5 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Te Porere Redoubt. The adventure continues: get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, take in the dramatic scenery at Mangawhero Falls, hit the slopes at Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu, and hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park online tour planner.

Take a shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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, parks, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, daytime highs in Wellington are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.
On the 19th (Tue), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. And it doesn't end there: walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, learn about winemaking at Marlborough Vineyards, take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, and experience the excitement of Velocity Karts.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch vacation tool.

Fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Wellington in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Christchurch, with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Parks · Tours · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 5 nights
Explore Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)'s surroundings by going to Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Helicopter Tours, &more) and Franz Josef (Spas & Franz Josef Glacier).

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) online trip itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Queenstown.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · 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.
On the 31st (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. On the 29th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. The adventure continues: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown travel route builder app.

Explore your travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Queenstown with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Te Anau

— 6 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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Boat Tours & Water Sports about 1 hour away. Spend the 1st (Mon) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, trek along Mirror Lakes Walk, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau journey planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.