60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand holiday planner

Make it your trip
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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
Drive
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Invercargill
— 6 nights
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Te Anau
— 5 nights
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Dunedin
— 6 nights
Fly
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Hokitika
— 4 nights
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Akaroa
— 2 nights
Bus to Christchurch, Fly to Kerikeri
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Paihia
— 4 nights
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Kaitaia
— 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. You'll get in some beach time at Whangamata Beach and Hahei Beach Walk. Get outdoors at The Lost Spring and Matarangi Beach. Explore Whitianga's surroundings by going to Whangapoua (Whangapoua Beach & New Chums Beach), Hot Water Beach (in Hot Water Beach) and Opoutere Surf Beach (in Opoutere). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Opito Bay Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity, identify plant and animal life at Stu's Wild Pig Farm, and stop by The Coromandel Smoking Co..

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Whitianga trip itinerary maker tool.

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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Whitianga, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whitianga

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

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 a sense of the local culture at Volcanic Hills Winery and Government Gardens. Escape the urban bustle at Huka Falls Walkway and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Take a break from Rotorua with a short trip to Craters of the Moon in Taupo, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, kick your exploration up a notch at Redwoods Treewalk, and stop by Eat Street.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Whitianga to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time 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. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Birdwoods Gallery and New Zealand Natural Clothing. Wine Tours & Tastings and Artmosphere Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hastings: Central Hawke's Bay Museum (in Waipawa) and Junction Wines (in Napier). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Mission Estate Winery, take in the awesome beauty at Te Mata Peak, go for a walk through Karituwhenua Stream Walkway, and make a trip to Marine Parade.

Planning Hastings trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Getting from Rotorua to Hastings by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Wellington Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like 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 2nd (Tue), hike the day away at Queen Charlotte Track. Next up on the itinerary: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, stroll through Oriental Bay, and kick back and relax at Whites Bay.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington driving holiday planner.

Drive from Hastings to Wellington in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February in Wellington, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can 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.
Explore hidden gems such as QUEENSTOWN EXPEDITIONS and Arrowtown Village. Popular historic sites such as Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and One Mile Power House are in your itinerary. Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Misha's Vineyard Tasting Room in Cromwell--about 52 minutes away. On the 5th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Otago Central Rail Trail, savor a hot drink at Vesta Design Boutique, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip builder tool.

Getting from Wellington to Queenstown by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Invercargill.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Invercargill

— 6 nights
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Your inner history buff will appreciate Waipapa Point Lighthouse and St Pauls Presbyterian Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian and Classic Motorcycle Mecca. Explore Invercargill's surroundings by going to Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre (in Curio Bay), Otautau Gallery (in Otautau) and Riverton (Te Hikoi Museum and Information Centre, Howells Point Reserve, &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Southland Museum and Art Gallery, stroll through Oreti Beach, view the masterpieces at Anderson Park Art Gallery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Invercargill trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Invercargill takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to take a bus 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.
Get outdoors at Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Te Anau and Routeburn Track. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, take in the pleasant sights at Punanga Manu o Te Anau, and contemplate the waterfront views at Ivan Wilson Park.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau day trip app.

Take a bus from Invercargill to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus 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.
Do your shopping at Hampden Stores and Rata Jewellery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Penguin Place and Moeraki Boulders Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dunedin: Shag Point Nature Reserve (in Palmerston), Nugget Point/Tokata Walks (in Balclutha) and Waikouaiti Beach (in Waikouaiti). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tunnel Beach Track, get curious at Otago Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Iona Church, and enjoy the sand and surf at St Clair Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Dunedin day trip planning app.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Dunedin in 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Dunedin

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

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. Take a break from the city and head to Hokitika Gorge Walk and Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe. Let the collections at Wilderness Gallery and Hokitika Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hokitika: Greymouth (Nimmo Gallery + Store & Shades Of Jade) and Truman Track (in Punakaiki). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Hokitika Beach, stop by Hokitika Glass Studio, browse the exhibits of Bonz 'N Stonz Carving Studio, and add some adventure to your tour with West Coast Scenic Waterways.

For reviews and other tourist information, read Hokitika trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Dunedin to Hokitika takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Akaroa.

Things to do in Hokitika

Shopping · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): stop by Pot Pourri, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Peter's Anglican Church, explore the galleries of The Giants House, then look for gifts at Fire & Ice - Gemstone Jewellery Specialists, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic St. Patrick's Akaroa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the exciting artwork at Lava, then look for gifts at Blue Pearls Gallery, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Banks Peninsula.

Plan my day in Akaroa using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Hokitika to Akaroa in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Akaroa

Outdoors · Tours · 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Swim with Dolphins and Paihia Harbour. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Blue River Orchard (in Waipapa), The Gallery & Cafe Helena Bay Hill (in Whananaki) and Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery, Christ Church, &more). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, and browse the exhibits of Masterpieces Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia day trip website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Akaroa to Paihia in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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. Let the collections at Village Arts Gallery and Te Ahu Heritage capture your imagination. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Taute Gallery and Exhibit A Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Kaitaia: Coopers Beach (in Mangonui), Opononi (Tane Mahuta Walk & Koutu Boulders) and Waipoua Forest (in Waipoua Forest). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Ninety Mile Beach, get into the urban bustle at Te Ahu Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Taipa Beach, and stop by Kotare Krafts.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kaitaia day trip website.

You can drive from Paihia to Kaitaia in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

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.