60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  33​h
1
Kerikeri
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Russell
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Te Anau
— 6 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Queenstown
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Fox Glacier
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
Abel Tasman National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
8
Whakapapa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Waitomo Caves
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Rotorua
— 9 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: London

5
nights
Kerikeri

Kerikeri ©
Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Paihia Harbour. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Waitangi Treaty Grounds and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station. Take a break from Kerikeri with a short trip to Tane Mahuta Walk in Opononi, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, identify plant and animal life at The Parrot Place, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and take in the pleasant sights at Opua Forest Lookout Track.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kerikeri online tour planner .

London, UK to Kerikeri is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 12 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Russell.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Paihia, Tane Mahuta Walk, Blue River Orchard
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 14:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Russell

Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Waitangi Golf Club will get you outdoors. Pompallier Mission and Printery and Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Russell: Ruapekapeka Pa Track (in Kawakawa) and Paihia (Urupukapuka Island, Paihia Bookshop, & more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Oneroa Bay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, trek along Tapeka Point Track, and get to know the fascinating history of Bay of Islands Coastal Walkway - Okiato to Russell.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Russell tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Kerikeri to Russell takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Russell

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Paihia, Ruapekapeka Pa Track
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Milford Sound and Hollyford Track. Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Kepler Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Routeburn Track, contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip website .

Explore your travel options from Russell to Te Anau with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler 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.
Get outdoors at Zipline and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Wanaka (Mount Aspiring National Park & Lake Wanaka). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, take a memorable drive along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coronet Peak, and get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read our Queenstown planner .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Wanaka
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Visiting Hooker Valley Track and Aoraki/Mt. Cook will get you outdoors. Step out of Mt. Cook Village to go to Lake Tekapo and see Lake Tekapo, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kea Point Track, hike along Mueller Hut Route, see the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, and fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village trip maker .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Mt. Cook Village takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

5
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Visiting Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Gillespies Beach and Monro Beach. Explore Fox Glacier's surroundings by going to Franz Josef (Sentinel Rock Walk & Roberts Point Track). The adventure continues: trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, stroll through Copland Track, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and explore the activities along Lake Matheson Walk.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip planning app .

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Monro Beach
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

4
nights
Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park ©
Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
Step out of the city life by going to Abel Tasman Coast Track and Wharariki Beach Walking Track. Relax by the water at Kaiteriteri Beach and Tata Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Abel Tasman National Park: Heaphy Track (in Kahurangi National Park), Neudorf Vineyards (in Upper Moutere) and u-fly extreme (in Motueka). The adventure continues: stroll through Wainui Falls Track, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, hike along Riwaka Resurgence, and explore the activities along Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs).

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Abel Tasman National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fox Glacier to Abel Tasman National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Takaka, Kahurangi National Park, u-fly extreme, Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), Kaiteriteri Beach
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 16:
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Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Wainui Falls Track ©
Wainui Falls Track
Heaphy Track ©
Heaphy Track

5
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Get in touch with nature at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Taranaki Falls. Step out of Whakapapa with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi--about 34 minutes away.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Whakapapa online sightseeing planner .

Explore your travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Whakapapa with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Waitomo Glowworm Caves and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore Waitomo Caves' surroundings by going to The Timber Trail NZ (in Pureora Forest Park) and Mangakara Nature Walk (in Pirongia). And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, hike along Ruakuri Walk, and Head underground at Piripiri Cave Walk.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aranui Cave, The Timber Trail NZ, Mangakara Nature Walk
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

9
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.
Get in touch with nature at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Zipline. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Kinloch Beach, Great Lake Trail, & more). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua day trip planning app .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Rotorua sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Hobbiton Movie Set, Whakaari White Island Volcano
Find places to stay Jan 25 — Feb 3:
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline

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