60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Oslo, Norway
Fly:  29 h
1
Paihia
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
2
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Rotorua
— 9 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  8 h
4
Kaikoura
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h
5
Hokitika
— 6 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Dunedin
— 7 nights
Bus:  5 h 15 min
7
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
8
Queenstown
— 12 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
9
Wanaka
— 7 nights
Bus + Fly:  32 h
End: Oslo, Norway

3
nights
Paihia

Paihia ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Paihia Harbour and Yakas Walk. Discover out-of-the-way places like Whangarei Falls and Waipoua Forest. Venture out of the city with trips to Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi) and Whangarei (Town Basin, NZ Fudge Farm, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and take an in-depth tour of Kawakawa Memorial Library Centre.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paihia attractions planner.

Oslo, Norway to Paihia is an approximately 33- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Oslo to Paihia, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Whangarei, Kerikeri, Yakas Walk, Kawakawa Memorial Library Centre, Waipoua Forest
Highlights from your plan
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Whangarei Falls ©
Whangarei Falls

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves
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.
On the 29th (Sat), Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then appreciate the history behind Statue of shearer, and then don't miss a visit to Sir Colin Meads Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, make a trip to Ed Hillary Walkway, explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, then hike along Ruakuri Walk, and finally experience rural life at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Te Kuiti, Otorohanga
Highlights from your plan
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

9
nights
Rotorua

Rotorua ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. Relax by the water at Pilot Bay and Ohope Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Papamoa Beach (in Papamoa), Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui) and Whakatane Museum and Arts (in Whakatane). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway, contemplate the waterfront views at Great Lake Taupo, make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, and take in the natural beauty of Kuirau Park.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Taupo, Whakatane, Papamoa Beach, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Highlights from your plan
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach
Pilot Bay ©
Pilot Bay

4
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway and Conical Hill. Take a break from the city and head to Ohau Stream Walk and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with these side-trips from Kaikoura: Hanmer Springs (Spas, Hanmer Forest, &more). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Seal Colony, take in the exciting artwork at Art & Design Gallery, stop by Kaikoura Cheese, and make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony.

Make your Kaikoura itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Rotorua to Kaikoura in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hokitika.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Hanmer Springs
Highlights from your plan
Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Scuba & Snorkeling

6
nights
Hokitika

Hokitika ©
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Matheson Walk and West Coast Wilderness Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Hokitika Beach and Hokitika Gorge Walk. Explore Hokitika's surroundings by going to Greymouth (Monteith's Brewing Company & History House Museum), Helicopter Tours (in Fox Glacier) and Punakaiki (Truman Track, Punakaiki Cavern, &more). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Glow Worm Dell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Catholic Church, make a trip to Hokitika Town Clock, and snap pictures at Taramakau Road-Rail Bridge.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Hokitika trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Hokitika in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Punakaiki, Greymouth, Fox Glacier, Coal Creek Track, Mitchells Gully Gold Mine
Highlights from your plan
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
Helicopter Tours

7
nights
Dunedin

Dunedin ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tunnel Beach Track and Penguin Place. Take a break from the city and head to Orokonui Ecosanctuary and Tunnel Hill. Get out of town with these interesting Dunedin side-trips: Nugget Point/Tokata Walks (in Balclutha), Roaring Bay (in Kaka Point) and Oamaru (Lazy Cat Pottery and Tileworks, Oamaru's Victorian Precinct, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Botanic Garden, pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago, take some stellar pictures from Signal Hill, and don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dunedin trip builder website.

Fly from Hokitika to Dunedin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Oamaru, Nugget Point/Tokata Walks, Roaring Bay, Tunnel Hill
Highlights from your plan
Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place

5
nights
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
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 in touch with nature at Lake Te Anau and The Chasm Walk. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kepler Track and Routeburn Track. Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford), Milford sound Hwy (in Milford Sound) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Manapouri). The adventure continues: hike along Mirror Lakes Walk, explore the activities along Lake Gunn, and look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Te Anau day trip planning site.

Traveling by bus from Dunedin to Te Anau takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk, Routeburn Track, Milford sound Hwy, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk

12
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
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 Arrowtown Village and Lake Wakatipu. Take a break from the city and head to Queenstown Hill and Otago Central Rail Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Lorimer Shop and Post (in Omakau), Cromwell (ART-CUT Gallery, Jackson Orchards, &more) and Cardrona Alpine Resort (in Cardrona). There's lots more to do: hike along Ben Lomond Track, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, explore the activities along Arrow River, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Cromwell, Lorimer Shop and Post, Devil's Staircase Lookout Point, Otago Central Rail Trail, Arrowtown Village
Highlights from your plan
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Otago Central Rail Trail ©
Otago Central Rail Trail
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill

7
nights
Wanaka

Wanaka ©
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.
Get outdoors at Roys Peak Track and Mount Iron Track. Explore hidden gems such as Wanaka and Wanaka Lavender Farm. There's lots more to do: trek along Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks, get a taste of the local shopping with Outside Sports Wanaka, stroll through Blue Pools Track, and appreciate the history behind Wanaka War Memorial.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Wanaka itinerary planning website.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

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