60 days in Zagreb & New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in Zagreb & New Zealand Itinerary

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Zagreb, Croatia
— 6 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 7 nights
Drive
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Franz Josef, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 6 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Whitianga, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 7 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia

— 6 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Get out of town with these interesting Zagreb side-trips: Vinska kuca Hazic (in Sveti Martin na Muri) and Vino Lovrec (in Strigova). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Tkalciceva.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Zagreb online route planner.

If you are flying in from Croatia, the closest major aiport is Zagreb Airport. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Mount Aspiring National Park in Wanaka (about 1h 55 min away). The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Zagreb to Queenstown takes 33.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Zagreb to Queenstown is 11 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Te Anau, New Zealand

— 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound (about 1h 5 min away). Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 19th (Wed), hike the day away at Kepler Track. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, hike along The Chasm Walk, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Te Anau trip planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Franz Josef, New Zealand

— 2 nights
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
On the 23rd (Sun), don't miss a visit to River Walk, then stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk, then hike along Moraine Walk, and finally don't miss a visit to Franz Josef Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then hike along Minnehaha Walk, and finally trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Franz Josef journey builder tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Franz Josef. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Christchurch.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Christchurch, New Zealand

— 4 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Akaroa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Saint Peter's Anglican Church). On the 27th (Thu), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, gear up at Velocity Karts, get into the urban bustle at The Arts Centre, and go from sight to sight with Christchurch Gondola.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch online route maker.

You can fly from Franz Josef to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Wellington, New Zealand

— 3 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.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, steep yourself in history at Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and get great views at Mount Victoria.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington holiday planning site.

Fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Wellington. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

New Plymouth, New Zealand

— 1 night
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 1st (Tue), have fun and explore at Puke Ariki, then take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, then stop by Giles Chocolatier, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Pukekura Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our New Plymouth itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Wellington to New Plymouth in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums · Museums

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

— 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.
Step out of Waitomo Caves with an excursion to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari in Pukeatua--about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves itinerary maker app.

You can drive from New Plymouth to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

— 5 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 5th (Sat), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 6th (Sun), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohakune Old Coach Road, hike along Tongariro Northern Circuit, take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall, and take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip builder.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Taupo, New Zealand

— 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Splash Planet (in Hastings) and Napier (Marine Parade & National Aquarium of New Zealand). There's much more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, and find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip itinerary website.

Traveling by shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 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.
Step out of Rotorua with an excursion to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua journey planner.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Whitianga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Whitianga, New Zealand

— 1 night
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Otama Beach, identify plant and animal life at Mill Creek Bird & Animal Encounters, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Whitianga route planning website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Whitianga in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Whitianga can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Whitianga

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Auckland, New Zealand

— 3 nights

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, get impressive views of Mt. Wellington, stop by Pauanesia, and find something for the whole family at Rainbow's End Theme Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Whitianga to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Whitianga in February, Auckland is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Paihia, New Zealand

— 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Russell (Nancy Fladgate Track, Pompallier Mission and Printery, &more), Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve (in Whangarei) and Ocean Beach (in Whangarei Heads). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get interesting insight from Tours, steep yourself in history at KeriKeri New Zealand, and find something for the whole family at Action World.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Paihia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.