57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Queenstown
— 6 nights
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Te Anau
— 6 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 4 nights
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Christchurch
— 5 nights
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Hanmer Springs
— 2 nights
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Wellington
— 4 nights
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New Plymouth
— 1 night
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
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Taupo
— 5 nights
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Rotorua
— 5 nights
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Paihia
— 5 nights
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Auckland
— 5 nights

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kids will enjoy Skyline Queenstown and Coronet Peak. On the 3rd (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, have fun at Break One, push the limits with an extreme tour, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planner.

Perth, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Perth to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Spas

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.
Family-friendly places like Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Te Anau side-trips: Milford Sound (Bowen Falls, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Te Anau, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mitre Peak, and identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, 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 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Westray Adventures - Horse Treks & Quad Tours ©
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

4
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Ski The Tasman and Fox Glacier South Side Walk. Venture out of the city with trips to Fox Glacier (Minnehaha Walk, Moraine Walk, &more) and Franz Josef (Glacier Country Kayaks, Franz Josef Glacier, &more).

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Christchurch.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:
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Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

5
nights
Christchurch

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Canterbury Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Christchurch: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa), Glentui Loop Track (in Rangiora) and Black Diamond Safaris (in Methven). On the 19th (Mon), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. There's much more to do: take a memorable ride with Christchurch Gondola, get outside with Bridle Path, meet the residents at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and get great views at Godley Head.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Christchurch trip itinerary website.

Take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. October in Christchurch sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Parks · Transportation · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs ©

Springs

Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, browse the exhibits of Majuba Gallery, trot along with Hanmer Horse Trekking, then get outside with Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre, and finally look for gifts at The Decadent Fudge Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Wai ariki Farm Park, Cafe & Gallery, add some adventure to your tour with Hanmer Springs Attractions, then identify plant and animal life at Hanmer Springs Animal Park, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Conical Hill.

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Traveling by car from Christchurch to Hanmer Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre ©
Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre
Hanmer Horse Trekking ©
Hanmer Horse Trekking
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa

4
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Wellington

Wellington

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Wellington Botanic Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wellington: Paraparaumu (Paraparaumu Beach, Kapiti Island Nature Tours, &more) and Nga Manu Nature Reserve (in Waikanae). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wellington Zoo, hike along Pencarrow Coastal Trail, and get great views at Wellington Cable Car.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington road trip tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Hanmer Springs to Wellington takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, train, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 28:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 29th (Thu), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Brooklands Zoo, meet the residents at Pukekura Park, browse the exhibits of Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, then get curious at Puke Ariki, and finally go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read New Plymouth trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to New Plymouth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Puke Ariki ©
Puke Ariki

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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.
Step out of Waitomo Caves with an excursion to Timber Trail NZ in Pureora Forest Park--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, and explore and take pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip planner.

You can drive from New Plymouth to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Timber Trail NZ ©
Timber Trail NZ

5
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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Bring the kids along to Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour and Turoa Ski Area. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. On the 6th (Fri), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, and don't miss a visit to Mead's Wall.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tongariro National Park itinerary planning app.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

5
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Taupo

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.
Attractions like Huka Falls Walkway and Huka Prawn Park make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo, test your problem-solving skills at The Locked Room, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Planning Taupo trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 11:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

5
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Rotorua

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.
Attractions like Zipline and Te Puia make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton), Lake Te Koutu (in Cambridge) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua online day trip planner.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 16:
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Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

5
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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.
Attractions like Skydive Bay of Islands and Paihia Harbour make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Kaikohe (Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail & The Northland Firehouse Museum Trust), Russell (Oneroa Bay & Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve) and Ocean Beach (in Whangarei Heads). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, stop by Paihia Bookshop, fulfill a lifelong dream with Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Day Tours, and take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Paihia by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 21:
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Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks

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Auckland

Auckland ©

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.
Family-friendly places like SkyTower and Auckland Museum will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Auckland to Oneroa to see EcoZip Adventures about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Auckland, walk around Auckland Domain, explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Auckland trip planner.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Tours · Adventure · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
EcoZip Adventures ©
EcoZip Adventures
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

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