60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Drive:  3​h
1
Blenheim
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Kaikoura
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Christchurch
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Dunedin
— 6 nights
5
Te Anau
— 6 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Queenstown
— 7 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
7
Wanaka
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Paihia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Napier
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Rotorua
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h
11
Wellington
— 4 nights
End: Wellington

5
nights
Blenheim

Blenheim ©
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blenheim: Nelson (Centre of New Zealand & Queen's Gardens) and Picton (Queen Charlotte Track, Queen Charlotte Sound, & more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, look for gifts at Blue Penguin New Zealand Gifts, stroll through Pollard Park, and learn about winemaking at Spy Valley Wines.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Blenheim trip itinerary maker .

Wellington to Blenheim is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In February in Blenheim, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Picton, Nelson
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Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

3
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, putt your heart out at The Emporium, and identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Seal Colony.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kaikoura vacation planning tool .

Getting from Blenheim to Kaikoura by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony

6
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Hagley Park. Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Akaroa (Blue Pearls Gallery, Pot Pourri, & more). On the 15th (Fri), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, and let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch day trip website .

Take a bus from Kaikoura to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in February, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Parks Transportation

Side Trip

Akaroa
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing
Hagley Park ©
Hagley Park

6
nights
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 discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Penguin Place. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dunedin: Moeraki Boulders (in Moeraki), Moeraki Boulders (in Oamaru) and Sutton Salt Lake (in Middlemarch). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Botanic Garden, tour in style with a train tour, explore the historical opulence of Larnach Castle & Gardens, and pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dunedin trip maker .

You can fly from Christchurch to Dunedin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Moeraki Boulders, Sutton Salt Lake
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dunedin Botanic Garden ©
Dunedin Botanic Garden
Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Te Anau and Kepler Track. On the 23rd (Sat), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau trip itinerary website .

Getting from Dunedin to Te Anau by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kayaking & Canoeing, Routeburn Track
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 27:
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Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

7
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Queenstown Hill and Helicopter Tours. When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell, approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, get outside with Arrowtown Village, get interesting insight from Tours, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown tour itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Te Anau to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games

Side Trips

Arrowtown Village, Highlands Motorsport Park
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Speed Boats Tours

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wanaka and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. On the 9th (Sat), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. The adventure continues: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, examine the collection at National Transport and Toy Museum, do a tasting at Rippon Vineyard, and hike along Mount Iron Track.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Wanaka road trip app .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wanaka ©
Wanaka

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Paihia Harbour and Swim with Dolphins. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Whangarei Falls (in Whangarei) and Pompallier Mission and Printery (in Russell). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Wanaka to Paihia by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Napier.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Whangarei Falls
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 17:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

4
nights
Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and National Aquarium. When in Napier, make a side trip to see Te Mata Peak in Hastings, approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: get great views at Bluff Hill Lookout, stop by New Zealand Wood and Jade, do a tasting at Mission Estate Winery, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Napier attractions tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Napier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Napier

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hastings, Cape Kidnappers
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Wine Tours & Tastings
River Rafting & Tubing
Bluff Hill Lookout ©
Bluff Hill Lookout

7
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Horseback Riding Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Mt Maunganui Main Beach (in Mount Maunganui), the Zeus Gallery (in Tauranga) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, and admire the natural beauty at Government Gardens.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rotorua online road trip planner .

Drive from Napier to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Rotorua are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Taupo, Tauranga, River Rafting & Tubing, Hobbiton Movie Set, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 28:
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River Rafting & Tubing
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wellington Zoo and Cable Car Museum. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), get great views at Wellington Cable Car, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, and ponder the world of politics at Parliament Buildings.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Wellington trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rotorua in March: highs in Wellington hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Great Alpine Highway, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 1:
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Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's

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