60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Exeter
Train + Fly:  30​h
1
Auckland
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Napier
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Wellington
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
New Plymouth
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Blenheim
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h
8
Christchurch
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Dunedin
— 4 nights
Bus:  5​h 30​min
10
Wanaka
— 6 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
11
Queenstown
— 7 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
12
Te Anau
— 6 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Train:  35​h
End: Exeter

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre and Wine Tours & Tastings. Change things up with these side-trips from Auckland: Sheepworld (in Warkworth), Bohemian Museum (in Puhoi) and Sculptureum (in Matakana). There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get your game on at Virtual Reality Studio, get engrossed in the history at The Kauri Museum, and stroll around Cornwall Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Auckland trip simple and quick.

Exeter, UK to Auckland is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Exeter to Auckland due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Piha, Sculptureum, The Kauri Museum, Sheepworld, Bohemian Museum
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 14:
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Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre
Virtual Reality Studio ©
Virtual Reality Studio
Howick Historical Village ©
Howick Historical Village

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Horseback Riding Tours and Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Aratiatia Rapids (in Taupo), Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui) and Monmouth Redoubt (in Tauranga). There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, have some family-friendly fun at OGO Rotorua, witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, and explore the activities along Lake Rotorua.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rotorua, with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Napier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tauranga, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Aratiatia Rapids, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 20:
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Volcanic Hills Winery ©
Volcanic Hills Winery
Fancy Meow Cat Cafe ©
Fancy Meow Cat Cafe

3
nights
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Marine Parade. When in Napier, make a side trip to see Te Mata Peak in Hastings, approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get great views at Bluff Hill Lookout, take in nature's colorful creations at Sunken Gardens, do a tasting at Mission Estate Winery, and browse the exhibits of Birdwoods Gallery.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Napier tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Napier in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Te Mata Peak, Cape Kidnappers, Birdwoods Gallery, Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 23:
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Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Sunken Gardens ©
Sunken Gardens
Birdwoods Gallery ©
Birdwoods 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Marlborough Sounds and Wellington City Library. Get out of town with these interesting Wellington side-trips: Southward Car Museum (in Paraparaumu) and Queen Charlotte Track (in Picton). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Oriental Bay, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, and contemplate the long history of Old St Paul's.

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

Fly from Napier to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Wellington, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Picton, Southward Car Museum
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 28:
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Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Wellington City Library ©
Wellington City Library
Space Place at Carter Observatory ©
Space Place at Carter Observatory

3
nights
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Step off the beaten path and head to New Plymouth Coastal Walkway and Mount Taranaki. Venture out of the city with trips to Forgotten World Highway (in Stratford) and Connett Loop Track (in Egmont National Park). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Paritutu Rock, get to know the resident critters at Brooklands Zoo, meet the residents at Pukekura Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Pukeiti.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read New Plymouth online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Wellington to New Plymouth by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Blenheim.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Egmont National Park, Forgotten World Highway
Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 1:
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
Mount Taranaki ©
Mount Taranaki
Paritutu Rock ©
Paritutu Rock

3
nights
Blenheim

Blenheim ©
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and Centre of New Zealand. Get out of town with these interesting Blenheim side-trips: Queen Charlotte Sound (in Picton) and Nelson (Christ Church Cathedral, Eclectric Antique Centre, & more). And it doesn't end there: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, steep yourself in history at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, and do a tasting at Wither Hills Cellar Door.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Blenheim holiday site .

Getting from New Plymouth to Blenheim by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In July in Blenheim, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Nelson, Picton
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:
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Queen Charlotte Sound ©
Queen Charlotte Sound
Founders Park ©
Founders Park
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): hike along Ohau Stream Walk, stop by Kaikoura Cheese, then trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and finally make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Seal Colony.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kaikoura trip builder tool .

You can drive from Blenheim to Kaikoura in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Banks Peninsula and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Venture out of the city with trips to Swim with Dolphins (in Akaroa) and Hanmer Springs (Conical Hill, Spas, & more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, have fun at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, admire all the interesting features of Riccarton House & Bush, and see the interesting displays at Quake City.

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Take a bus from Kaikoura to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Christchurch sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hanmer Springs, Akaroa
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 11:
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Hagley Park ©
Hagley Park
Hanmer Forest ©
Hanmer Forest
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moeraki Boulders Beach and Dunedin Botanic Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Dunedin: Oamaru (Steampunk HQ, Oamaru's Victorian Precinct, & more). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, look and learn at Otago Museum, contemplate the long history of Olveston Historic Home, and trek along Tunnel Beach Track.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dunedin online travel route builder .

Drive from Christchurch to Dunedin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Oamaru
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 15:
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Dunedin Botanic Garden ©
Dunedin Botanic Garden
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Signal Hill ©
Signal 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Snow Farm and Mount Iron Track. And it doesn't end there: trek along Roys Peak Track, examine the collection at National Transport and Toy Museum, get your game on at Puzzling World, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

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

Traveling by bus from Dunedin to Wanaka takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 21:
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Snow Farm NZ ©
Snow Farm NZ
National Transport and Toy Museum ©
National Transport and Toy Museum
Crossfire Wanaka ©
Crossfire Wanaka

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 Cardrona Alpine Resort and Glenorchy-Queenstown Road. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queenstown: Alexandra Bridges (in Alexandra) and Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk (in Glenorchy). There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Otago Central Rail Trail, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, fly down the slopes at Coronet Peak, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Wanaka to Queenstown by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Cardrona Alpine Resort, Alexandra Bridges, Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk, Otago Central Rail Trail
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 28:
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Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk ©
Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk
Thrillzone ©
Thrillzone

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kepler Track and Milford sound Hwy. Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Sound (Bowen Falls, Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, & more), Manapouri (Kayaking & Canoeing & Wild Wool Gallery) and Statue of Stag (in Mossburn). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Te Anau, trek along The Chasm Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and stroll through Mirror Lakes Walk.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Te Anau online trip builder .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Manapouri, Routeburn Track, Mirror Lakes Walk, Statue of Stag
Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 3:
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Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk

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