60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Oslo
Fly + Drive:  34​h
1
Hastings
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Wellington
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Queenstown
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Invercargill
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Te Anau
— 5 nights
6
Dunedin
— 5 nights
7
Hokitika
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  7​h
8
Whitianga
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Whangarei
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Kaitaia
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h
11
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
Rotorua
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  31​h
End: Oslo

3
nights
Hastings

Hastings ©
Hastings is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Head to Artmosphere Gallery and Hastings City Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Take a break from the city and head to Ocean Beach and Te Mata Peak. Step out of Hastings with an excursion to Central Hawke's Bay Settlers Museum in Waipawa--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Te Mata Figs, look for all kinds of wild species at Pekapeka Wetlands, play a few rounds at Hastings Golf Club, and do a tasting at Black Barn Vineyards.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hastings travel planner.

Oslo, Norway to Hastings is an approximately 34-hour flight. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Oslo to Hastings due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Wellington.

Things to do in Hastings

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Havelock North, Waipawa, Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk, De La Terre Winery, Askerne Vineyards
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:
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Black Barn Vineyards ©
Black Barn Vineyards
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Artmosphere Gallery ©
Artmosphere Gallery

5
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.
Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa) and The Weta Cave are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Southward Car Museum and National War Memorial capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Wellington: Edwin Fox Maritime Museum (in Picton), Rapaura (Huia & Cloudy Bay) and Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen (in Blenheim). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, enjoy the sand and surf at Scorching Bay, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and hike along Matiu / Somes Island.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington travel planner.

You can drive from Hastings to Wellington in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Blenheim, Southward Car Museum, Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, Yealands Estate Winery
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 26:
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Edwin Fox Maritime Museum ©
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Remarkables Ski Area and Coronet Peak. Get outdoors at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown. Take a break from Queenstown with a short trip to National Transport and Toy Museum in Wanaka, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Artbay Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown online road trip planner .

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Invercargill.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Arrowtown, National Transport and Toy Museum
Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 1:
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The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

5
nights
Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Howells Point Reserve and Gemstone Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Oreti Beach and Rakiura Rides. Get out of town with these interesting Invercargill side-trips: Riverton (Te Hikoi Southern Journey & Templeton Flax Mill Heritage Museum), Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre (in Mandeville) and Otautau Gallery (in Otautau). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Bill Richardson Transport World, view the masterpieces at City Gallery, shop like a local with Anderson Park Art Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Anglican Church.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Invercargill trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Queenstown to Invercargill by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Riverton, Hokonui Moonshine Museum, Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, Gemstone Beach, Otautau Gallery
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 6:
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Bill Richardson Transport World ©
Bill Richardson Transport World
Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre
Otautau Gallery ©
Otautau Gallery

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Doubtful Sound and Fishing Charters & Tours. When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory in Milford Sound, approximately 1h 20 min away. On the 11th (Fri), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, and stroll through Lake Gunn.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Te Anau day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Invercargill to Te Anau takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track, Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 11:
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Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

5
nights
Dunedin

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.
Get some historical perspective at Waikouaiti Beach and Nugget Point Lighthouse. Let the collections at Otago Museum and Happy Hens capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Nugget Point/Tokata Walks (in Balclutha) and Katiki Point Lighthouse (in Moeraki). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Olveston Historic Home, pick up some local products at Otago Farmers Market, see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Dunedin travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Dunedin by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Waikouaiti Beach, Nugget Point Lighthouse, Nugget Point/Tokata Walks, Katiki Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 16:
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Waikouaiti Beach ©
Waikouaiti Beach
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Katiki Point Lighthouse ©
Katiki Point Lighthouse

3
nights
Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Get outdoors at Hokitika Gorge Walk and Tunnel Terrace Walk. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bonz 'N Stonz and Shantytown Heritage Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Hokitika: Woods Creek Track (in Greymouth) and Arthur's Pass National Park (Arthur's Pass Walking Track & Devils Punchbowl Walking Track). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Hokitika Beach, look for gifts at Garth Wilson Jade, add some adventure to your tour with West Coast Scenic Waterways, and look for all kinds of wild species at Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hokitika online travel route planner .

You can fly from Dunedin to Hokitika in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Whitianga.

Things to do in Hokitika

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Greymouth, Arthur's Pass National Park
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
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Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe ©
Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe

4
nights
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hot Water Beach and Opoutere Surf Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Hahei Beach Walk and New Chums Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whitianga: Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity (in Colville), Moko Artspace (in Hot Water Beach) and The Coromandel Smoking Co. (in Coromandel). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pauanui Beach, hike along Whitianga Rock Walk, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Paku, and admire all the interesting features of Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Whitianga vacation planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hokitika to Whitianga in 7 hours. October in Whitianga sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Whangarei.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hot Water Beach, Opoutere Surf Beach, New Chums Beach, Pauanui Beach, Hahei Beach Walk
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 24:
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Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Mount Paku ©
Mount Paku
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach

5
nights
Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Get some cultural insight at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Te Waimate Mission. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Paihia Harbour and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station. Explore Whangarei's surroundings by going to Ocean Beach (in Whangarei Heads), Oneroa Bay (in Russell) and Swim with Dolphins (in Paihia). The adventure continues: look for gifts at The Gallery & Cafe Helena Bay Hill, see the interesting displays at Claphams Clocks - The National Clock Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Ruakaka Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Waipu Cave.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Whangarei route builder .

You can drive from Whitianga to Whangarei in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Paihia, Waipu, The Gallery & Cafe Helena Bay Hill, Oneroa Bay, The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds

3
nights
Kaitaia

Kaitaia ©
Kaitaia is a town in the Far North District of New Zealand, at the base of the Aupouri Peninsula, about 160 km northwest of Whangarei. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Taute Gallery and Village Arts Gallery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Exhibit A Gallery and No 1 Parnell Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Taipa Beach (in Taipa), St Paul's Rock (in Whangaroa) and Mangonui (Coopers Beach & Mangonui Heritage Trail). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Clendon House, stroll through Four Sisters Walk, and get engrossed in the history at Te Ahu Heritage.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kaitaia driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Whangarei to Kaitaia takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Mangonui, Rawene, Taipa, St Paul's Rock, Village Arts Gallery
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
No 1 Parnell Gallery ©
No 1 Parnell Gallery
Clendon House ©
Clendon House
Te Ahu Heritage ©
Te Ahu Heritage

4
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Te Porere Redoubt. Visiting Mount Ruapehu and Whakapapa Nature Walk will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Tongariro National Park: Turangi (Tongariro National Trout Centre & Whiskery Mike's Turangi Trout Connection) and National Army Museum (in Waiouru). On the 6th (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Whakapapa Ski Area - Mt Ruapehu. There's lots more to do: hike along Taranaki Falls, grab your bike and head to Ohakune Old Coach Road, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ridge Track.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park trip itinerary maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kaitaia to Tongariro National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Turangi, National Army Museum
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
National Army Museum ©
National Army Museum
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu

7
nights
Rotorua

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.
Shop till you drop at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary and 3D Trick Art Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park and Buried Village of Te Wairoa. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Ohope Beach (in Whakatane) and Taupo (Huka Falls tracks & Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, take in nature's colorful creations at Government Gardens, and experience rural life at Agrodome.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In November, daytime highs in Rotorua are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Ohope Beach, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Hells Gate
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Ohope Beach ©
Ohope Beach
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©

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