55 days in New Zealand Itinerary

55 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Jacksonville, Florida
Bus + Fly:  23 h 30 min
1
Auckland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Paihia
— 5 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
3
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Taupo
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Wellington
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
7
Christchurch
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
8
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
9
Te Anau
— 6 nights
Bus:  6 h 15 min
10
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h
11
Hamilton
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  25 h
End: Jacksonville, Florida

4
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: Warkworth Museum (in Warkworth), Kerr Farm Wine (in Kumeu) and Sculptureum (in Matakana). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, meet the residents at Auckland Zoo, admire the striking features of Alberton, and explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Auckland tour planner.

Jacksonville, USA to Auckland is an approximately 25- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Jacksonville to Auckland is 17 hours. Traveling from Jacksonville in June, expect nights in Auckland to be a bit cooler, around 56°F, while days are colder, around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Warkworth Museum, JUMP Indoor Trampoline Park, Kerr Farm Wine, Sculptureum
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 25:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Russell (Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation., Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take some stellar pictures from Opua Forest Lookout Track, stop by Paihia Bookshop, and admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Haruru Falls
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 30:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club
St Paul's Anglican Church ©
St Paul's Anglican Church

3
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.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, experience rural life at Roselands Farm Park, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, and head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds.

To find out how to plan a trip to Waitomo Caves, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 3:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Caveworld ©
Caveworld
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds

5
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Tongariro Northern Circuit, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, grab your bike and head to Ohakune Old Coach Road, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park online holiday planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 8:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

6
nights
Taupo

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: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, admire the natural beauty at Waipahihi Botanical Gardens, browse the fresh offerings at Taupo Market, and find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

4
nights
Wellington

Wellington
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Wellington side-trips: Paraparaumu (Southward Car Museum & Paraparaumu Beach). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, get great views at Mount Victoria, and get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Wellington attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. July in Wellington sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Paraparaumu, Wellington Botanic Garden, Wainui Lookout
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

4
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michaels and All Angels, and have fun at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch journey builder app.

Getting from Wellington to Christchurch by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in July, plan for little chillier nights in Christchurch, with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Museums

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Little River Gallery
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

6
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coronet Peak, and admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown driving holiday website.

You can fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

The Stitching Post
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Te Anau: Milford (Key Summit Track & Milford Foreshore Walk) and Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Humboldt Falls). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and stroll through The Chasm Walk.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau tour itinerary builder website.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Milford, Milford Sound, Hollyford Track
Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 3:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

5
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Get out of town with these interesting Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) side-trips: Franz Josef (Callery Gorge Walk, Franz Josef Glacier, &more) and Fox Glacier (River Walk, Fox Glacier South Side Walk, &more).

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip website.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route
Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman

4
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Get out of town with these interesting Hamilton side-trips: Leveret Estate Winery and Cellar Door (in Katikati), Rotorua (Helicopter Tours, Government Gardens, &more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens, experience rural life at Ruakura Berry Farm, see The Aviator Experience, and hike along Mount Maunganui Summit Track.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamilton journey website.

Getting from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Hamilton by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Rotorua, Tauranga, Leveret Estate Winery and Cellar Door, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Spas

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