59 days in New Zealand & Massachusetts Itinerary

59 days in New Zealand & Massachusetts Itinerary

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59 days in New Zealand & Massachusetts Itinerary

Start: Lahore, Pakistan
Fly + Drive:  30​h
1
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 8 nights
bus:  6​h 30​min
2
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Wellington, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 15​min
8
Paihia, New Zealand
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Auckland, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
10
Boston, United States
— 6 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Lahore, Pakistan

8
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. Spend the 6th (Sun) on the water with a fishing tour. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, trek along Kepler Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gertrude Saddle, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip itinerary planning website .

Lahore, Pakistan to Te Anau is an approximately 30-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Lahore to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Routeburn Track
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 8:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

4
nights
Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Get out of town with these interesting Fox Glacier side-trips: Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef) and Aoraki/Mt. Cook (in Mt. Cook Village).

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Fox Glacier online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Te Anau to Fox Glacier takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Franz Josef Glacier, Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Find places to stay May 8 — 12:
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier

7
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 13th (Sun), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Before you visit Queenstown, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Otago Central Rail Trail, Hollyford Track
Find places to stay May 12 — 19:
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours

5
nights
Wellington, New Zealand

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Picton (Queen Charlotte Track & Marlborough Sounds). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, snap pictures at City to Sea Bridge, and get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Buildings.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington trip planner .

You can fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Wellington are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Picton, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay May 19 — 24:
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Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track

6
nights
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 25th (Fri), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 27th (Sun), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Ohakune Old Coach Road, admire the sheer force of Mangawhero Falls, trek along Tongariro Northern Circuit, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park visit planner.

Traveling by car from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay May 24 — 30:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

7
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & Huka Falls tracks) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). Spend the 2nd (Sat) immersed in therapeutic waters at a local thermal spa. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, steep yourself in history at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, explore the world behind art at Rotorua Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at OGO Rotorua.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. May in Rotorua sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 6:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

1
night
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

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 6th (Wed), trek along Ruakuri Walk, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, then Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves tour planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds

7
nights
Paihia, New Zealand

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.
Spend a day of island exploring on the 10th (Sun) at Urupukapuka Island. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, find something for the whole family at Action World, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Waitomo Caves to Paihia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Auckland Central.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, South Sea Art
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 14:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

5
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Dedicate the 17th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Sky Tower, examine the collection at Auckland Museum, step off the mainland to explore Tiritiri Matangi Island, and enjoy the thrill of live dance at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland Central route maker site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Auckland Central takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Auckland Central can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Boston.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Tours Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 19:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum

6
nights
Boston, United States

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Take a break from Boston with a short trip to Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Fenway Park, take an in-depth tour of John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library, take in nature's colorful creations at Boston Public Garden, and get advice or help at Boston Public Library.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Boston online route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Auckland Central to Boston in 23.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland Central to Boston is minus 17 hours. When traveling from Auckland Central in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Boston, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Boston

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cambridge, Peabody Essex Museum, Brookline Booksmith
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 25:
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Freedom Trail ©
Freedom Trail
Fenway Park ©
Fenway Park
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts

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