60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paihia
— 3 nights
2
Dunedin
— 4 nights
3
Te Anau
— 5 nights
4
Queenstown
— 7 nights
5
Wanaka
— 4 nights
6
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
7
Christchurch
— 4 nights
8
Wellington
— 4 nights
9
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
10
Taupo
— 6 nights
11
Rotorua
— 7 nights
12
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
13
Auckland
— 6 nights

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve and Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Explore hidden gems such as Northland Dive and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi), Waipoua Forest (in Waipoua Forest) and Whangarei Falls (in Whangarei). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Skydive Bay of Islands, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, steep yourself in history at KeriKeri New Zealand, and view the masterpieces at Kaan Zamaan.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Paihia vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Auckland to Paihia is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Tane Mahuta Walk, Waipoua Forest, Northland Dive, Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve
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Northland Dive ©
Northland Dive
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Otago Museum and Port Chalmers Maritime Museum. First Church of Otago and St. Paul's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, look for gifts at NZ Greenstone and Art, don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Speight’s Brewery.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Dunedin trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Paihia to Dunedin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Port Chalmers Maritime Museum
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Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track

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 Mirror Lakes Walk and Milford sound Hwy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mitre Peak and The Chasm Walk. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau, hit the best photo ops around with Fiordland Cruises, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, and hike along Gertrude Saddle.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Dunedin to Te Anau in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford sound Hwy
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Mitre Peak ©
Mitre Peak
Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk

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.
Visiting Queenstown Hill and Coronet Peak will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Remarkables Ski Area and UnderDog Sled Dog Tours. Step out of Queenstown to go to Cardrona and see Cardrona Alpine Resort, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: take the plunge with a skydiving experience, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, appreciate the extensive heritage of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Queenstown visit planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Cardrona, Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
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The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Cardrona Alpine  Resort ©
Cardrona Alpine Resort

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Transport and Toy Museum and The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop. Get outdoors at Snow Farm NZ and Wanaka. And it doesn't end there: see The Cardrona, trek along Mount Iron Track, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stroll through Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip planning tool.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can take a bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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Snow Farm NZ ©
Snow Farm NZ
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Wanaka ©
Wanaka

3
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Take a break from the city and head to Across Country Quad Bikes and Helicopter Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Matheson Walk and Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting. Venture out of the city with trips to Franz Josef (Franz Josef Glacier & Sentinel Rock Walk). There's lots more to do: push the limits with Skydive Fox Glacier, view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier day trip planning website.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Across Country Quad Bikes ©
Across Country Quad Bikes
Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk

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 hidden gems such as Port Hills and Riccarton House & Bush. Do your shopping at Re:START and Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Air Force Museum of New Zealand, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, admire all the interesting features of Mona Vale, and contemplate the long history of Ferrymead Heritage Park.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Christchurch online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Christchurch takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In August in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:
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Air Force Museum of New Zealand ©
Air Force Museum of New Zealand
Quake City ©
Quake City
Port Hills ©
Port Hills

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.
Old St Paul's and Wright's Hill will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Staglands Wildlife Reserve and Safaris will get you outdoors. Step out of Wellington to go to Paraparaumu and see Southward Car Museum, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, explore the activities along Oriental Bay, admire all the interesting features of Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, and contemplate the long history of Wellington Cable Car.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Wellington, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Southward Car Museum
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 2:
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Staglands Wildlife Reserve ©
Staglands Wildlife Reserve
Safaris
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Explore hidden gems such as Mount Ruapehu and Mounds Walk. Get outdoors at Turoa Ski Area and Ruapehu Adventure Rides. Go for a jaunt from Tongariro National Park to Waiouru to see National Army Museum about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Te Porere Redoubt and take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park attractions planning site.

You can fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Ruapehu Adventure Rides, National Army Museum
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Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
National Army Museum ©
National Army Museum
Te Porere Redoubt ©
Te Porere Redoubt

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like L'Arte and Tongariro National Trout Centre. Head to Lava Glass and Huka Honey Hivefor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Huka Falls Walkway, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and explore the activities along Lake Taupo.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo journey builder site.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tongariro National Trout Centre, Lake Taupo, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Huka Falls
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 11:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Volcanic Hills Winery and Eat Street. Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseback Riding Tours and Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, experience the excitement of 3D Trick Art Gallery, take a memorable tour with Tours, and get outside with Kerosene Creek.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Okere Falls Track
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 18:
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Horseback Riding Tours
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

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.
Get in touch with nature at Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours and Ruakuri Cave. Step off the beaten path and head to Ruakuri Walk and Caveworld. Change things up with a short trip to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari in Pukeatua (about 52 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, and head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
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Marakopa Falls ©
Marakopa Falls
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

6
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.
Shop till you drop at Sculptureum and Waiheke Community Art Gallery. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Piha Beach and Karekare Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Connells Bay Sculpture Park (in Waiheke Island), EcoZip Adventures (in Oneroa) and Warkworth (Snells Beach & Horse Riding Warkworth). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Kauri Museum, see the interesting displays at New Zealand Maritime Museum, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Auckland, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Warkworth, Sculptureum, Kiwa Art, Piha Beach
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EcoZip Adventures ©
EcoZip Adventures
The Kauri Museum ©
The Kauri Museum
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach

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