60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip maker

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Fly to Auckland, Shuttle to Whitianga
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Whitianga
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 7 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 4 nights
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Taxi to Hamilton Airport, Fly to Whangarei Airport, Taxi to Paihia
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Paihia
— 6 nights
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 7 nights
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Queenstown
— 8 nights
Bus
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Wanaka
— 5 nights
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Fox Glacier
— 5 nights
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Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Bus to Christchurch, Fly to Kelowna

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Whitianga

— 3 nights
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Whangamata Beach and Opoutere Surf Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Hahei Beach Walk. Change things up with these side-trips from Whitianga: Mount Paku (in Tairua), Hot Water Beach (in Hot Water Beach) and Cathedral Cove Walk (in Hahei). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Stu's Wild Pig Farm and take in the pleasant sights at Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Whitianga trip maker site.

Kelowna, Canada to Whitianga is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 20 hour difference. In December in Whitianga, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.
Visit Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Ohope Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Mount Maunganui Base Track and Waikite Valley Thermal Pools will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Summit Track & Pilot Bay). Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kuirau Park, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Rotorua road trip site.

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. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Taupo

— 6 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.
Get in touch with nature at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave and Tongariro National Trout Centre. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Lake Taupo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taupo: Napier (Marine Parade & Wine Tours & Tastings). There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, make a splash at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, and stop by Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Taupo online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park

— 5 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get in touch with nature at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Mount Ruapehu. Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. On the 31st (Fri), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track, and contemplate the long history of Te Porere Redoubt.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park tour planning app.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Waitomo Caves

— 4 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 discover tucked-away gems like Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours and Kawhia Hot Water Beach. Get outdoors at Caveworld and Marakopa Falls. When in Waitomo Caves, make a side trip to see Mangakara Nature Walk in Pirongia, approximately Pirongia away. The adventure continues: Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, stroll through Ruakuri Walk, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and experience rural life at Roselands Farm Park.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Paihia

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Swim with Dolphins and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Paihia Harbour and Kawiti Caves. Change things up with these side-trips from Paihia: Waipoua Forest (Yakas Walk & Waipoua Forest), Mount Parihaka War Memorial (in Whangarei Heads) and Whangarei (Town Basin & Whangarei Falls). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at The Parrot Place, steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take some stellar pictures from Opua Forest Lookout Track.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia attractions planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Te Anau

— 7 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 Routeburn Track and Hollyford Track. Get outdoors at The Chasm Walk and Fishing Charters & Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Milford sound Hwy). On the 17th (Mon), hike the day away at Kepler Track. The adventure continues: trek along Lake Marian Track, explore the activities along Lake Te Anau, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, and head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Paihia to Te Anau in 8.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Queenstown

— 8 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Get in touch with nature at Ben Lomond Track and Coronet Peak. The adventure continues: get outside with Arrowtown Village, cruise along QUEENSTOWN EXPEDITIONS, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary site.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Roys Peak Track and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Mount Iron Track. There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Wanaka, examine the collection at National Transport and Toy Museum, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and hike along Blue Pools Track.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Wanaka online travel planner.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can take a bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Fox Glacier

— 5 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Step out of the city life by going to Hooker Valley Track and Sealy Tarns Track. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Matheson Walk and Sentinel Rock Walk. Get out of town with these interesting Fox Glacier side-trips: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Glencoe Walk & Kea Point Track). There's lots more to do: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, browse the exhibits of ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, stroll through Minnehaha Walk, and admire all the interesting features of Franz Josef Glacier.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier trip planner.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Kaikoura

— 2 nights
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 6th (Sun), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Seal Colony, then make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohau Stream Walk.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kaikoura trip maker app.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Kaikoura in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

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.