60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

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Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
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Te Anau
— 6 nights
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Glenorchy
— 5 nights
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Queenstown
— 7 nights
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Haast
— 3 nights
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Dunedin
— 4 nights
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Invercargill
— 2 nights
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Drive to Queenstown International Airport, Fly to Invercargill Airport, Drive to Stewart Island
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Stewart Island
— 8 nights
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Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Bus to Hokitika, Fly to Abel Tasman National Park
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Abel Tasman National Park
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 7 nights
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Auckland
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Lake Tekapo

— 1 night
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Tekapo and then join in the after-dark buzz at Dark Sky Project.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lake Tekapo attractions site.

Christchurch to Lake Tekapo is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Nightlife · Nature · Parks · Tours

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Milford sound Hwy and Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Chasm Walk and Ivan Wilson Park. Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Manapouri Lake (in Manapouri) and Milford Sound (Eglinton Valley & Bowen Falls). It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip planning app.

You can take a bus from Lake Tekapo to Te Anau in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll set off for Glenorchy on the 22nd (Tue).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Glenorchy

— 5 nights
Glenorchy is a small settlement at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in the South Island region of Otago, New Zealand. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hollyford Track and Milford Foreshore Walk. Get in touch with nature at Lake Marian Track and Wildlight Safaris Aotearoa. Step out of Glenorchy with an excursion to Key Summit Track in Milford--about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Gunn, look for gifts at Access Glenorchy at The Trading Post, take a leisurely stroll along Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk, and stroll through Mt Judah Track.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Glenorchy travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Glenorchy. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Glenorchy

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Queenstown

— 7 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Ben Lomond Track and Arrow River. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Amisfield Winery and Wooing Tree Vineyard. Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door (in Bannockburn) and Cheeki Cherries (in Cromwell). Next up on the itinerary: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, push the limits with an extreme tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tiki Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Glenorchy to Queenstown in an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Haast.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Haast

— 3 nights
Haast is an area in the Westland District territorial authority on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): hike along Wharekai Te Kou, surround yourself with nature on Waiatoto River Safari, then explore the activities along Lake Ellery, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Gates of Haast. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Knights Point Lookout, head outdoors with Bruce Bay, then relax in the rural setting at South Westland Salmon, then enjoy the sand and surf at Monro Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ship Creek Walks.

Start your trip to Haast by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Queenstown to Haast in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Haast

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Get outdoors at The Royal Albatross Centre and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nugget Point/Tokata Walks and First Church of Otago. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dunedin: Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre (in Owaka), Roaring Bay (in Kaka Point) and Nugget Point Lighthouse (in Ahuriri Flat). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aramoana Beach, hike along Sandfly Bay Track, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dunedin travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Haast to Dunedin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Invercargill.

Things to do in Dunedin

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Invercargill

— 2 nights
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. On the 10th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lignite Pit Cafe and Secret Garden, then explore the world behind art at Southland Museum and Art Gallery, and finally delve into the distant past at Invercargill Brewery. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then take an in-depth tour of Hokonui Moonshine Museum, then explore the world behind art at Eastern Southland Gallery, and finally admire the natural beauty at Gore Public Gardens.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Invercargill tour planner.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Invercargill takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Stewart Island.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Stewart Island

— 8 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ulva Island and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get outdoors at Rakiura Track and Nature & Wildlife Tours.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Stewart Island online itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Invercargill to Stewart Island with the Route module. On the 20th (Wed), you're off to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Stewart Island

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Fox Glacier

— 3 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Matheson Walk and Fox Glacier South Side Walk. Discover out-of-the-way places like Peters Pool Walk and Sentinel Rock Walk. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, stroll through West Coast Wildlife Centre, view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, and take in the pleasant sights at River Walk.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Stewart Island to Fox Glacier. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kaiteriteri Beach and HighR Rentals. Take a break from the city and head to Wainui Falls Track and Riwaka Resurgence. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tonga Island Marine Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Stilwell Bay, take in the dramatic natural features at Split Apple Rock, and grab your bike and head to Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Abel Tasman National Park trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fox Glacier to Abel Tasman National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Rotorua

— 7 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.
Get some cultural insight at Eat Street and Government Gardens. Step out of the city life by going to Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Mount Maunganui Base Track. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Papamoa Beach (in Papamoa) and the Zeus Gallery (in Tauranga). And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, explore the activities along Lake Rotorua, and get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

For more things to do and more tourist information, read Rotorua sightseeing planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Abel Tasman National Park to Rotorua. January in Rotorua sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Auckland

— 10 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Muriwai Gannet Colony and Orewa Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Goat Island Marine Reserve and Takapuna Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Peacock Sky Vineyard (in Waiheke Island), Warkworth (Snells Beach & Omaha Beach) and Obsidian Vineyard (in Onetangi). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Bethells Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and contemplate the long history of Howick Historical Village.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Rotorua to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Auckland, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trips

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.