60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Singapore
Fly:  15 h
1
Paihia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Auckland
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Rotorua
— 7 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Wellington
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h 30 min
6
Dunedin
— 4 nights
Bus:  5 h 15 min
7
Te Anau
— 7 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
8
Queenstown
— 7 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
9
Wanaka
— 6 nights
Bus:  4 h 45 min
10
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h
11
Christchurch
— 5 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Singapore

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Whangarei Falls and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds and KeriKeri New Zealand for their historical value. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Pompallier Mission and Printery (in Russell) and Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, and browse the exhibits of Kings Theatre Creative.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia online trip maker.

Singapore, Singapore to Paihia is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Kings Theatre Creative, Pompallier Mission and Printery, Whangarei Falls, Tane Mahuta Walk
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 22:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Piha Beach and Muriwai Gannet Colony. Get a sense of the local culture at The Kauri Museum and Kiwa Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Arataki Visitor Centre (in Piha), Goat Island Marine Reserve (in Warkworth) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Waiheke Island). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, don't miss a visit to SkyTower, learn about winemaking at Kerr Farm Wine, and brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Auckland road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. December in Auckland sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Piha, Sculptureum, Kiwa Art, Goat Island Marine Reserve, Wine Tours & Tastings
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
The Kauri Museum ©
The Kauri Museum
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Caveworld and Ruakuri Walk. Get in touch with nature at Ngarunui Beach and Ruakuri Cave. Step out of Waitomo Caves with an excursion to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari in Pukeatua--about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, admire all the interesting features of Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and hike along Piripiri Cave Walk.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip website.

Getting from Auckland to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, Ngarunui Beach
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Caveworld ©
Caveworld
Ngarunui Beach ©
Ngarunui Beach
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Ohope Beach. Get some cultural insight at Government Gardens and Helium Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Kayaking & Canoeing) and Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, take in the natural beauty of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua vacation planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Rotorua sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Taupo, Okere Falls, Ohope Beach, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 7:
Highlights from your plan
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Ohope Beach ©
Ohope Beach

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.
You'll explore and learn at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Cable Car Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Queen Charlotte Track and Oriental Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wellington: Marlborough Sounds (in Picton) and Southward Car Museum (in Paraparaumu). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, identify plant and animal life at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, contemplate the long history of Old St Paul's, and brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington journey maker site.

You can fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. January in Wellington sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Picton, Southward Car Museum
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Penguin Place and Tunnel Beach Track. Get a sense of the local culture at Nugget Point/Tokata Walks and Otago Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dunedin: Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre (in Owaka), Oamaru (The New Zealand Whisky Company, Oamaru's Victorian Precinct, &more) and Katiki Point Lighthouse (in Moeraki). The adventure continues: tour in style with a train tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Dunedin online holiday builder.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Dunedin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums Tours Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Oamaru, Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre, Nugget Point/Tokata Walks, Katiki Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Katiki Point Lighthouse ©
Katiki Point Lighthouse
Steampunk HQ ©
Steampunk HQ

7
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 Milford Sound and Routeburn Track. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Te Anau and The Chasm Walk. Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford), Milford sound Hwy (in Milford Sound) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Manapouri). On the 23rd (Thu), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Kepler Track, stop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Dunedin to Te Anau by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track, Milford Foreshore Walk, Milford sound Hwy, Kayaking & Canoeing
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford 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.
Do your shopping at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery and The Stitching Post. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arrowtown Village and Off-Road Tours. And it doesn't end there: hike along Ben Lomond Track, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and stroll through Queenstown Hill.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown online itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Otago Central Rail Trail
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village
Otago Central Rail Trail ©
Otago Central Rail Trail
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill

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.
Get in touch with nature at Roys Peak Track and Wanaka. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Transport and Toy Museum and Rippon Vineyard. There's still lots to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, trek along Mount Iron Track, get interesting insight from Tours, and see the interesting displays at The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Wanaka online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 5:
Highlights from your plan
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

4
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hooker Valley Track and Lake Matheson Walk. Take a break from the city and head to Helicopter Tours and Kea Point Track. Step out of Fox Glacier to go to Franz Josef and see Franz Josef Glacier, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, tour the pleasant surroundings at Peters Pool Walk, and kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fox Glacier trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier in 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Helicopter Tours
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk

5
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get some historical perspective at Riccarton House & Bush and Cardboard Cathedral. Appreciate the collections at Quake City and The Giants House. Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Conical Hill (in Hanmer Springs), Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Akaroa (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Swim with Dolphins, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Banks Peninsula, have some family-friendly fun at Velocity Karts, and let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Christchurch tour planner.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Christchurch in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Christchurch are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Akaroa, Conical Hill, Little River Gallery
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Quake City ©
Quake City
Swim with Dolphins
Kayaking & Canoeing

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