60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cromwell
— 5 nights
Bus
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Wanaka
— 5 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 5 nights
Drive
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Dunedin
— 5 nights
Fly
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Hokitika
— 5 nights
Bus to Christchurch, Fly to Whangarei
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Whangarei
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kaitaia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 5 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive
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Whitianga
— 5 nights
Drive to Auckland International Airport, Fly to Exeter International Airport

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Te Anau

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Chasm Walk and Doubtful Sound. Get in touch with nature at Lake Te Anau and Ivan Wilson Park. Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, about 1h 5 min away. On the 21st (Sat), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound and look for gifts at Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau trip planner.

Exeter, UK to Te Anau is an approximately 35-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Exeter to Te Anau due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Cromwell.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cromwell

— 5 nights
Cromwell is a town in Central Otago in the Otago region of New Zealand.Cromwell is between State Highway 6 (linking to Wanaka, 50 km north, and Queenstown, 60 km west) and State Highway 8 leading to the Lindis Pass, 75 km northeast, and Alexandra, 33 km south. Get a sense of the local culture at Maori Point Vineyard and Central Otago. Get outdoors at Cardrona Alpine Resort and Otago Central Rail Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cromwell: Roxburgh Gorge Trail (in Roxburgh) and Archangel (in Wanaka). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Domain Road Vineyard and take in the exciting artwork at Alan Waters Art Gallery.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cromwell travel route builder website.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Cromwell with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Cromwell

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Trails

Side Trips

Wanaka

— 5 nights
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Escape the urban bustle at Wanaka and Mount Iron Track. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Transport and Toy Museum and Wanaka Fine Art Gallery. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Roys Peak Track, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get your game on at Puzzling World, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Wanaka trip planner.

Take a bus from Cromwell to Wanaka in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Queenstown

— 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Silver Fern Gallery and Queenstown Arts Centre. Discover out-of-the-way places like Queenstown Hill and Glenorchy-Queenstown Road. On the 3rd (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area, head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, get your game on at Dark Ride, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Dunedin

— 5 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 itinerary includes some good beach time at Waikouaiti Beach and Aramoana Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Tunnel Beach Track and Toitu Otago Settlers Museum. Take a break from Dunedin with a short trip to Shag Point Nature Reserve in Palmerston, about 48 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Penguin Place, see the interesting displays at Port Chalmers Maritime Museum, learn more about the world around you at Otago Museum, and kick back and relax at St Clair Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dunedin day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Dunedin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Dunedin

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Hokitika

— 5 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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wilderness Gallery and St Mary's Catholic Church. Take a break from the city and head to Hokitika Gorge Walk and Glow Worm Dell. Get out of town with these interesting Hokitika side-trips: Coal Creek Track (in Runanga), Lake Brunner (in Moana) and Greymouth (Woods Creek Track & Point Elizabeth Walkway). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hokitika Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mahinapua, grab your bike and head to West Coast Wilderness Trail, and see the interesting displays at Westland Industrial Heritage Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hokitika travel route website.

Traveling by flight from Dunedin to Hokitika takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Whangarei.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Whangarei

— 4 nights
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. The Kauri Museum and Kings Theatre Creative are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Swim with Dolphins and Whale Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whangarei: Whangarei Heads (Smugglers Bay Loop Track & Ocean Beach), Waipu Cave (in Waipu) and Paihia (Paihia Harbour & Waitangi Treaty Grounds). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Whangarei Falls, make a trip to Mount Parihaka War Memorial, and hike along Te Whara Track.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Whangarei day trip planning site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Hokitika to Whangarei in 9.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Kaitaia

— 4 nights
Kaitaia is a town in the Far North District of New Zealand, at the base of the Aupouri Peninsula, about 160 km northwest of Whangarei. Do some cultural sightseeing at Simply Fun and Taute Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Ninety Mile Beach and Coopers Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kaitaia: Exhibit A Gallery (in Mangonui), Opononi (Tane Mahuta Walk & Koutu Boulders) and Waipoua Forest (Yakas Walk & Four Sisters Walk). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Taipa Beach, trek along Lake Ngatu Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at St Paul's Rock, and take an in-depth tour of Te Ahu Heritage.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kaitaia route planner.

Drive from Whangarei to Kaitaia in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park

— 4 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get some cultural insight at Mount Ruapehu and Horsemtrails. Take a break from the city and head to Te Porere Redoubt and Tongariro Northern Circuit. On the 27th (Sun), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, stroll through Rotopounamu Track, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and get where you need to go with Tongariro Crossing Shuttles.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park road trip planning site.

Fly from Kaitaia to Tongariro National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Transportation

Rotorua

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Hell's Gate. Volcanic Hills Winery and Government Gardens are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Huka Falls Walkway in Taupo (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, kick your exploration up a notch at Redwoods Treewalk, explore the striking landscape of Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Rotorua.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Rotorua driving holiday website.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Waitomo Caves

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Marakopa Falls. Get outdoors at Ruakuri Walk and Bridal Veil Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Waitomo Caves: Te Toto Gorge Lookout (in Raglan) and Mangakara Nature Walk (in Pirongia). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, experience rural life at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, Head underground at Caveworld, and identify plant and animal life at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Whitianga.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Whitianga

— 5 nights
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Explore hidden gems such as Whangamata Beach and Hahei Beach Walk. We've included these beaches for you: Matarangi Beach and Hot Water Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whitianga: The Little Gallery (in Tairua), Opoutere Surf Beach (in Opoutere) and Opito Bay Beach (in Kuaotunu). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at The Lost Spring, walk around Tapapakanga Regional Park, get your game on at Fun Zone Adventure & Family Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Whangapoua Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Whitianga trip maker app.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Whitianga in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.