60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand travel route builder

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Paihia
— 4 nights
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Auckland
— 12 nights
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Matamata
— 11 nights
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Rotorua
— 11 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 7 nights
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Taupo
— 7 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
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Wellington
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Paihia

— 4 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.
Visiting Swim with Dolphins and Paihia Harbour will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Opua Forest Lookout Track. Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Kerikeri (Manginangina Kauri Walk & Puketi Nature Trail) and Russell (Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation. & Oneroa Bay). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at The Parrot Place, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Anglican Church, walk around Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, and contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Paihia trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Paihia is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Paihia is 20 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Auckland

— 12 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Torpedo Bay Navy Museum and Stardome Observatory & Planetarium. Step out of the city life by going to Muriwai Gannet Colony and Goat Island Marine Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Bohemian Museum (in Puhoi), Muriwai Beach Horse Treks (in Muriwai Beach) and Kitekite Falls (in Piha). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Orewa Beach, explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, enjoy the sand and surf at Bethells Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

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Getting from Paihia to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In December in Auckland, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Matamata.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Matamata

— 11 nights
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. You'll explore and learn at Tauwhare Military Museum and Woodlands Historic Homestead, Gardens and Function Centre. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wairere Falls and Hauraki Rail Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Matamata side-trips: Waihi (Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway & Victoria Battery Tramway & Museum Society), Owharoa Falls (in Waikino) and Cambridge (Maungakawa Scenic Reserve, Cambridge Museum, &more). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Whiritoa Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Opoutere Surf Beach, don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, and step off the mainland to explore Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Matamata trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Auckland to Matamata in 2 hours. When traveling from Auckland in January, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Matamata: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Matamata

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Rotorua

— 11 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Te Puia and St. Faith's Anglican Church. Let the collections at 3D Trick Art Gallery and New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: The Bridge at Waiotapu Stream (in Wai-O-Tapu), Whakatane (Ohope Beach, Mataatua: The House That Came Home, &more) and Papamoa Beach (in Papamoa). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, head outdoors with Kerosene Creek, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua holiday builder.

Drive from Matamata to Rotorua in an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Waitomo Caves

— 7 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours and Timber Trail NZ. Visit Kawhia Hot Water Beach and Te Toto Gorge Lookout for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Waitomo Caves: Omaru Falls (in Aria), Mangakara Nature Walk (in Pirongia) and Piopio (Piopio Berry Orchard & PioPio and districts museum,). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Caveworld, stroll through Ruakuri Walk, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, and take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Taupo

— 7 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.
Head to L'Arte and Huka Honey Hivefor plenty of shopping. Appreciate the collections at Taupo Museum and Faraday Centre. Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Linden Estate Winery (in Eskdale), Turangi (Tongariro River Trail, Tongariro National Trout Centre, &more) and Napier (Ahuriri Estuary Walk & Waiapu Anglican Cathedral, Napier, New Zealand). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls, don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, and look for all kinds of wild species at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Taupo day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park

— 3 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Taranaki Falls and Te Porere Redoubt. Take a break from the city and head to Tongariro Northern Circuit and Whakapapa Nature Walk. Get out of town with these interesting Tongariro National Park side-trips: Ohakune (Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial, Mangawhero Forest Walk and Rimu Walk, &more) and The Barbed Wire Gallery (in Raetihi). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, stroll through Silica Rapids Track, hike along Mounds Walk, and go for a walk through Mead's Wall.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Visiting Off-Road Tours and Pencarrow Coastal Trail will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Wellington Cable Car. There's still lots to do: look and learn at Space Place at Carter Observatory, steep yourself in history at Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, hunt for treasures at Harbourside Market Wellington, and delve into the lush surroundings at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary builder app.

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. In February, daytime highs in Wellington are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.