60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  29​h
1
Queenstown
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Te Anau
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  8​h 15​min
5
Wellington
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Taupo
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Whakapapa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Waitomo Caves
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Hot Water Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Auckland
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Paihia
— 8 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Tel Aviv

5
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Peregrine Wines and Chard Farm Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Speed Boats Tours and Coronet Peak will get you outdoors. Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Mount Aspiring National Park in Wanaka--about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, do a tasting at Stoneridge Estate & Bald Hills Cellar Door, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Queenstown is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mount Aspiring National Park
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

7
nights
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Milford Sound and Hollyford Track. Change things up with these side-trips from Te Anau: Pops View Look Out (in Milford Sound) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). On the 13th (Fri), hike the day away at Dusky Track. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, trek along Gertrude Saddle, stroll through The Chasm Walk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn.

Make your Te Anau itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk, Pops View Look Out, Routeburn Track
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

5
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Step out of the city life by going to Hooker Valley Track and Sealy Tarns Track. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Tekapo (Lake Tekapo & Helicopter Tours). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, hike along Glencoe Walk, explore the activities along Lake Pukaki, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Governors Bush Walk.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village online itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

4
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery and River Walk. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Gillespies Beach and Monro Beach. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier, explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, hike along Copland Track, and stroll through Moraine Walk.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef Glacier, Monro Beach
Highlights from your plan
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

5
nights
Wellington

Wellington
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and The Great War Exhibition. Step out of the city life by going to Queen Charlotte Track and Bruce Bay. Step out of Wellington with an excursion to Marlborough Sounds in Picton--about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Great Alpine Highway, take in the dramatic natural features at Pinnacles Track, take in the pleasant sights at Hapuka Estuary Walk, and see the interesting displays at Pataka Art + Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Wellington online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fox Glacier to Wellington in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Picton, Catchpool Loop Walk, Tonga Island Marine Reserve, Pataka Art + Museum
Highlights from your plan
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Great Alpine Highway ©
Great Alpine Highway

6
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Step out of the city life by going to Huka Falls Walkway and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Do some cultural sightseeing at Taupo Museum and Volcanic Hills Winery. Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Rotorua (Zipline, Lady Knox Geyser, & more) and Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool (in Wai-O-Tapu). There's much more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve, trek along Great Lake Trail, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo journey maker .

Getting from Wellington to Taupo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Rotorua, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline

5
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Taranaki Falls. Get outdoors at Horsemtrails and Ohakune Old Coach Road.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Whakapapa road trip planning website .

You can drive from Taupo to Whakapapa in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

4
nights
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
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.
Relax by the water at Ngarunui Beach and Te Toto Gorge Lookout. Step out of the city life by going to Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Waitomo Clay Birds. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Altura Gardens and Wildlife Park, and trek along Ruakuri Walk.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves itinerary planner .

Getting from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hot Water Beach.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Raglan, Aranui Cave
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

1
night
Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach ©
Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
On the 15th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Moko Artspace and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Water Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hot Water Beach trip planner .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Hot Water Beach takes 3.5 hours. In January in Hot Water Beach, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Moko Artspace ©
Moko Artspace

5
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Auckland War Memorial Museum and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. We've included these beaches for you: Tapapakanga Regional Park and Cheltenham Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton), Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth) and Piha Beach (in Piha). There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, grab your bike and head to Nelson Street Cycleway, and step off the mainland to explore Rangitoto Island.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip website .

You can drive from Hot Water Beach to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Hot Water Beach in January, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hamilton Gardens, Tapapakanga Regional Park, Tawharanui Regional Park, Piha Beach, Cheltenham Beach
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park

8
nights
Paihia

Paihia ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Bream Head Coast Walks. You'll get in some beach time at Ocean Beach and The Strand Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi), Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve (in Whangarei) and Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Oneroa Bay). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, tee off at Waitangi Golf Club, take a memorable tour with Tours, and look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Paihia vacation site .

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri, Whangarei, Tane Mahuta Walk, Ocean Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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