60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
Drive + Fly:  32​h
1
Hokitika
— 4 nights
2
Dunedin
— 4 nights
bus:  5​h 30​min
3
Wanaka
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Wellington
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
New Plymouth
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Whangarei
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Kaitaia
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
10
Whitianga
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Rotorua
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
13
Hastings
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  31​h
End: Jerusalem

4
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. Step off the beaten path and head to Hokitika Gorge Walk and Craigieburn Valley Ski Area. Escape the urban bustle at Porters Ski Area and Hokitika Beach. Step out of Hokitika to go to Runanga and see Coal Creek Track, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: tour the water at your own pace with West Coast Scenic Waterways, stop by Heritage Jade, explore the activities along Lake Mahinapua, and don't miss a visit to Taramakau Road-Rail Bridge.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hokitika travel app .

Jerusalem, Israel to Hokitika is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Craigieburn Valley Ski Area, Coal Creek Track, Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area, Porters Ski Area
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 7:
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Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe ©
Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe

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.
Get outdoors at Waikouaiti Beach and Shag Point Nature Reserve. Get a sense of the local culture at Otago Museum and Olveston Historic Home. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aramoana Beach, identify plant and animal life at Penguin Place, and enjoy the sand and surf at Karitane Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Dunedin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hokitika to Dunedin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Waikouaiti Beach, Port Chalmers' Seafaring Museum, Shag Point Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:
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Waikouaiti Beach ©
Waikouaiti Beach
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wanaka and Mount Iron Track. Step out of the city life by going to Alpinism & Ski Wanaka and Treble Cone. Change things up with a short trip to Maori Point Vineyard in Tarras (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, admire the masterpieces at Warbirds & Wheels, look for gifts at Outside Sports, and play a few rounds at Wanaka Golf Course.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Wanaka trip itinerary builder .

You can take a bus from Dunedin to Wanaka in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Treble Cone, Maori Point Vineyard
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 16:
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Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track
Horseback Riding Tours

6
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Domain Road Vineyard. Step off the beaten path and head to Cardrona Alpine Resort and The Remarkables Ski Area. On the 18th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Coronet Peak. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and get outside with Arrowtown Village.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Domain Road Vineyard, Cardrona Alpine Resort
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 22:
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Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Safaris
Cardrona Alpine  Resort ©
Cardrona Alpine Resort

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.
Get some cultural insight at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and Nautilus Estate. Get outdoors at Oriental Bay and Catchpool Loop Walk. Venture out of the city with trips to Bladen Wines (in Renwick) and Huia (in Rapaura). Spend the 25th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, ponder the world of politics at Parliament Buildings, brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial, and admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August in Wellington, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Blenheim, Renwick, Tonga Island Marine Reserve, Catchpool Loop Walk, Great Alpine Highway
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 27:
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Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Safaris
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

3
nights
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Step off the beaten path and head to Opunake Beach and Mount Taranaki. Get outdoors at Oakura Beach and Back Beach. Step out of New Plymouth with an excursion to Dawson Falls in Egmont National Park--about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Oakura Beach Holiday Park, admire the natural beauty at Pukekura Park, stroll through Whitecliffs Walkway, and trek along Pouakai Crossing.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read New Plymouth online visit planner .

Getting from Wellington to New Plymouth by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Egmont National Park, Oakura, Opunake Beach, Wilkies Pools Loop Track
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 30:
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Oakura Beach Holiday Park ©
Oakura Beach Holiday Park
Mount Taranaki ©
Mount Taranaki
Whitecliffs Walkway ©
Whitecliffs Walkway

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): trek along Ruakuri Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, then experience rural life at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, then identify plant and animal life at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, and finally head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Marokopa Falls Walk, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and then Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip planner .

You can drive from New Plymouth to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Whangarei.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Otorohanga
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 1:
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Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

5
nights
Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Step out of the city life by going to Paihia Harbour and Whangarei Falls. Get a sense of the local culture at The Kauri Museum and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station. Explore Whangarei's surroundings by going to Tutukaka (Sandy Bay, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more), Whangarei Heads (Ocean Beach & Smugglers Bay Loop Track) and Paihia (Parasailing & Paragliding & Swim with Dolphins). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Whale Bay, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mangawhai Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Whangarei road trip planning app .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Whangarei by combination of bus, taxi, and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tutukaka, Paihia, Whangarei Heads, Kerikeri, The Kauri Museum
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 6:
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Parasailing & Paragliding
The Kauri Museum ©
The Kauri Museum

4
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. Visit Ninety Mile Beach and Taupo Bay for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Taipa Beach and Matai Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Kaitaia: Koutu Boulders (in Opononi), Mangonui (Exhibit A Gallery, Taumarumaru Scenic Reserve Walk, & more) and Village Arts Gallery (in Kohukohu). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Rarawa Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Taute Gallery, and stroll through Gumdiggers Park.

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

Traveling by car from Whangarei to Kaitaia takes 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Whitianga.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mangonui, Taipa, Taupo Bay, Village Arts Gallery, Tapotupotu Beach
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:
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Ninety Mile Beach ©
Ninety Mile Beach
Matai Bay
Matai Bay
Rarawa Beach ©
Rarawa Beach

5
nights
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hot Water Beach and Matarangi Beach. Take a break from the city and head to The Lost Spring and Hahei Beach Walk. Get out of town with these interesting Whitianga side-trips: Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway (in Waihi), Moko Artspace (in Hot Water Beach) and Whangapoua (New Chums Beach & Whangapoua Beach). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Whangamata Beach, have some family-friendly fun at Fun Zone Adventure & Family Park, tee off at The Dunes Golf Resort, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Opoutere Surf Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Whitianga online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Kaitaia to Whitianga in 7 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Whitianga can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hot Water Beach, Whangapoua, Matarangi, Opoutere Surf Beach, Hahei Beach Walk
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 15:
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Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park. Visiting Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park and Waikite Valley Thermal Pools will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Rotorua to Taupo to see Craters of the Moon about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: experience rural life at Agrodome, explore the activities along Lake Rotorua, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Lake Track, and look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip maker site .

Getting from Whitianga to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rotorua are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Okere Falls, Craters of the Moon, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Hells Gate
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

5
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get in touch with nature at Mt Ruapehu and Horsemtrails. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tongariro Northern Circuit and Te Porere Redoubt. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tongariro National Park: Ohakune (Waitonga Falls Track & Mangawhero Forest Walk and Rimu Walk) and Tree Trunk Gorge tracks (in Turangi). The adventure continues: trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Mangawhero Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ridge Track, and grab your bike and head to Ohakune Old Coach Road.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hastings.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ohakune, Tree Trunk Gorge tracks
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 25:
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Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead ©
Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead
Tree Trunk Gorge tracks ©
Tree Trunk Gorge tracks

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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Ocean Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mission Estate Winery and Dolce Vista. Change things up with these side-trips from Hastings: Bell Rock Walkway (in Tutira) and Waipatiki Beach (in Napier). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Marine Parade, do a tasting at Stonecroft Wines, stop by The Department of Curiosities and Fine Things, and take in the awesome beauty at Te Mata Peak.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hastings trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Hastings in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hastings

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Napier, Bell Rock Walkway
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Mission Estate Winery ©
Mission Estate Winery
Waipatiki Beach ©
Waipatiki Beach

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