60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand travel planner

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Whitianga
— 5 nights
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
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Hastings
— 5 nights
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Wellington
— 5 nights
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
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Invercargill
— 6 nights
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Te Anau
— 5 nights
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Dunedin
— 6 nights
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Hokitika
— 4 nights
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Akaroa
— 2 nights
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Paihia
— 4 nights
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Whitianga

— 5 nights
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Shop till you drop at The Coromandel Smoking Co. and Bread & Butter Gallery. Get in touch with nature at The Lost Spring and Hahei Beach Walk. Change things up with these side-trips from Whitianga: Whangamata Beach (in Whangamata), Opoutere Surf Beach (in Opoutere) and Hot Water Beach (in Hot Water Beach). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at New Chums Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Opito Bay Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity, and play a few rounds at The Dunes Golf Resort.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Whitianga visit site.

Auckland to Whitianga is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in February, Whitianga is slightly colder at night with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whitianga

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Get some cultural insight at Volcanic Hills Winery and Eat Street. Escape the urban bustle at Huka Falls Walkway and Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre. When in Rotorua, make a side trip to see Craters of the Moon in Taupo, approximately Taupo away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and steep yourself in history at Buried Village of Te Wairoa.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rotorua tour website.

You can drive from Whitianga to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in February, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hastings.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hastings

— 5 nights
Hastings is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wine Tours & Tastings and Central Hawke's Bay Museum. For shopping fun, head to Birdwoods Gallery or Artmosphere Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Hastings side-trips: New Zealand Natural Clothing (in Norsewood) and Junction Wines (in Napier). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Cape Kidnappers, learn about winemaking at Mission Estate Winery, take some stellar pictures from Bluff Hill Lookout, and take in the awesome beauty at Te Mata Peak.

To plan Hastings vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Rotorua to Hastings in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Wellington.

Things to do in Hastings

Wineries · Parks · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Wellington

— 5 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.
Appreciate the collections at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Weta Workshop. Explore hidden gems such as Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and Old St Paul's. Venture out of the city with trips to Saint Mary's Church (in Gisborne), Tonga Island Marine Reserve (in Abel Tasman National Park) and Huia (in Rapaura). On the 1st (Mon), hike the day away at Queen Charlotte Track. The adventure continues: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, kick back and relax at Whites Bay, and stroll through Oriental Bay.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington vacation builder.

You can drive from Hastings to Wellington in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February in Wellington, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Vesta Design Boutique. You'll explore and learn at Silver Fern Gallery and Artbay Gallery. Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Misha's Vineyard Tasting Room in Cromwell--about 52 minutes away. On the 4th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of QUEENSTOWN EXPEDITIONS, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the awesome beauty at The Remarkables Ski Area, and have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planning website.

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Invercargill.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Invercargill

— 6 nights
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian and Bill Richardson Transport World. Head to Otautau Gallery and Blue River Dairy LPfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Invercargill side-trips: Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre (in Curio Bay), Riverton (Te Hikoi Museum and Information Centre, Howells Point Reserve, &more) and Waipapa Point Lighthouse (in Otara). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Southland Museum and Art Gallery, examine the collection at Classic Motorcycle Mecca, pause for some serene contemplation at St Pauls Presbyterian Church, and take in the exciting artwork at Anderson Park Art Gallery.

To plan Invercargill vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Queenstown to Invercargill in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Te Anau

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Doubtful Sound and The Chasm Walk. Step out of the city life by going to Milford Sound and Ivan Wilson Park. On the 19th (Fri), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau and explore and take pictures at Punanga Manu o Te Anau.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Invercargill to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Dunedin

— 6 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.
Otago Museum and Happy Hens will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Nugget Point/Tokata Walks and Waikouaiti Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Dunedin: Hampden Stores (in Hampden), Moeraki Boulders Beach (in Oamaru) and Shag Point Nature Reserve (in Palmerston). The adventure continues: hike along Tunnel Beach Track, play a few rounds at Port Chalmers Golf Club, identify plant and animal life at Penguin Place, and pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Dunedin route maker tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Dunedin. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Dunedin

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Hokitika

— 4 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. Let the collections at Wilderness Gallery and Hokitika Museum capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Hokitika Craft Gallery and Bonz 'N Stonz Carving Studio. Get out of town with these interesting Hokitika side-trips: Truman Track (in Punakaiki) and Greymouth (Nimmo Gallery + Store & Shades Of Jade). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach, look for gifts at Hokitika Glass Studio, tour the water at your own pace with West Coast Scenic Waterways, and look for all kinds of wild species at Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hokitika route website.

Traveling by flight from Dunedin to Hokitika takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Akaroa.

Things to do in Hokitika

Shopping · Outdoors · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Akaroa

— 2 nights

Long Harbour

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): stop by Pot Pourri, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Peter's Anglican Church, shop like a local with The Giants House, then look for gifts at Fire & Ice - Gemstone Jewellery Specialists, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic St. Patrick's Akaroa. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then view the masterpieces at Lava, then look for gifts at Blue Pearls Gallery, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Banks Peninsula.

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

Getting from Hokitika to Akaroa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Akaroa

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Adventure

Side Trip

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 The Parrot Place will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Paihia Harbour and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Blue River Orchard (in Waipapa), The Gallery & Cafe Helena Bay Hill (in Whananaki) and Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery, Christ Church, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, take in the exciting artwork at Masterpieces Art Gallery, and stop by The Cabbage Tree Shop.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Paihia trip planner.

Getting from Akaroa to Paihia by combination of bus and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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. Get in touch with nature at Tane Mahuta Walk and Ninety Mile Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Taipa Beach and Rarawa Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Kaitaia side-trips: Mangonui (Coopers Beach & Exhibit A Gallery), Waipoua Forest (in Waipoua Forest) and Village Arts Gallery (in Kohukohu). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Tapotupotu Beach, hike along Koutu Boulders, get into the urban bustle at Te Ahu Center, and get engrossed in the history at Te Ahu Heritage.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kaitaia trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Paihia to Kaitaia in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

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.