60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 6 nights
2
Rotorua
— 6 nights
3
Napier
— 3 nights
4
Wellington
— 5 nights
5
New Plymouth
— 3 nights
6
Blenheim
— 3 nights
7
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
8
Christchurch
— 5 nights
9
Dunedin
— 4 nights
10
Wanaka
— 6 nights
11
Queenstown
— 7 nights
12
Te Anau
— 6 nights

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 St. Patrick's Cathedral and Howick Historical Village. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: Sculptureum (in Matakana), Wine Tours & Tastings (in Waiheke Island) and Bohemian Museum (in Puhoi). And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Reality Studio, let little ones run wild at Victoria Park, stroll around Cornwall Park, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary website.

Exeter, UK to Auckland is an approximately 30-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Exeter to Auckland is 12 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Piha, Sculptureum, The Kauri Museum, Sheepworld, Wine Tours & Tastings
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 14:
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Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Virtual Reality Studio ©
Virtual Reality Studio

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Volcanic Hills Winery and Monmouth Redoubt. Venture out of the city with trips to Aratiatia Rapids (in Taupo) and Mount Maunganui (Mt Maunganui Main Beach & Mount Maunganui Base Track). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kuirau Park, get your game on at OGO Rotorua, and take a stroll through Eat Street.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rotorua, with lows of °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, River Rafting & Tubing, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Aratiatia Rapids
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Birdwoods Gallery and Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk. When in Napier, make a side trip to see Te Mata Peak in Hastings, approximately Hastings away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Sunken Gardens, get great views at Bluff Hill Lookout, identify plant and animal life at Cape Kidnappers, and walk around Clive Square.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Napier trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Napier by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Birdwoods Gallery, Cape Kidnappers, Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk, Te Mata Peak
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 23:
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Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Birdwoods Gallery ©
Birdwoods Gallery
Sunken Gardens ©
Sunken Gardens

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cable Car Museum and Wellington City Library. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wellington: Picton (Queen Charlotte Track & Marlborough Sounds) and Southward Car Museum (in Paraparaumu). And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Space Place at Carter Observatory, explore the activities along Oriental Bay, appreciate the history behind National War Memorial, and admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner.

You can fly from Napier to Wellington in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Wellington sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can 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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Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum
Wellington City Library ©
Wellington City Library

3
nights
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mount Taranaki and Pukeiti. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New Plymouth: Connett Loop Track (in Egmont National Park) and Forgotten World Highway (in Stratford). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Paritutu Rock, take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, examine the collection at Hurworth Cottage, and engage your brain at Puke Ariki.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the New Plymouth travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Wellington to New Plymouth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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
Pukeiti ©
Pukeiti

3
nights
Blenheim

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Edwin Fox Maritime Museum and Queen Charlotte Sound. Change things up with these side-trips from Blenheim: Nelson (Centre of New Zealand, Christ Church Cathedral, &more). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Wither Hills Cellar Door, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and examine the collection at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Blenheim tour planner.

Fly from New Plymouth to Blenheim in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In July in Blenheim, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries Parks Tours

Side Trips

Nelson, Picton
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum ©
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum
Founders Park ©
Founders Park

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohau Stream Walk, thenstop by Kaikoura Cheese, thenhike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and finally make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Kaikoura itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Blenheim to Kaikoura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Conical Hill and Majuba Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Akaroa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Swim with Dolphins) and Hanmer Springs (Spas & Hanmer Forest). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Riccarton House & Bush, let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, stroll around Hagley Park, and meet the residents at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch journey tool.

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

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hanmer Springs, Akaroa
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Signal Hill and Oamaru's Victorian Precinct. Get out of town with these interesting Dunedin side-trips: Oamaru (Moeraki Boulders Beach, Steampunk HQ, &more). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden, make a trip to The World's Steepest Street, and trek along Tunnel Beach Track.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Dunedin day trip app.

You can 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:
Highlights from your plan
Dunedin Botanic Garden ©
Dunedin Botanic Garden
Signal Hill ©
Signal Hill
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Transport and Toy Museum and Crossfire Wanaka. There's still lots to do: ski along the peaceful trails at Snow Farm NZ, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Wanaka travel app.

Take a bus from Dunedin to Wanaka in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

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

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Thrillzone Queenstown and Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk. Venture out of the city with trips to Cardrona Alpine Resort (in Cardrona), Alexandra Bridges (in Alexandra) and Old Fashioned Costume Photography (in Arrowtown). Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, explore the galleries of Artbay Gallery, get outside with Arrowtown Village, and do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Queenstown online sightseeing planner.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

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

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Routeburn Track and Homer Tunnel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Te Anau: Milford Sound (Bowen Falls, Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, &more), Statue of Stag (in Mossburn) and Manapouri (Kayaking & Canoeing & Wild Wool Gallery). There's lots more to do: hike along Kepler Track, stroll through Mirror Lakes Walk, explore the activities along Lake Te Anau, and look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 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, Mirror Lakes Walk, Statue of Stag, Routeburn Track
Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 3:
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Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track
Homer Tunnel ©
Homer Tunnel
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

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