60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Paihia
— 6 nights
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Whangarei
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 5 nights
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Hamilton
— 2 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
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Taupo
— 6 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
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Wellington
— 3 nights
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Christchurch
— 5 nights
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Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
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Te Anau
— 6 nights

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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.
Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Russell (Tapeka Point Track, Pompallier Mission and Printery, &more) and The Northland Firehouse Museum Trust (in Kaikohe). Spend the 26th (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, look for all kinds of wild species at Aroha Island Ecological Centre, tee off at Waitangi Golf Club, and cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Bay of Islands.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Paihia trip itinerary tool.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Paihia is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Whangarei.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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Helicopter Tour
Salt Air
5.0
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Historic Site
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
4.6

2
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Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Whangarei Quarry Gardens, then get interesting insight from Adventure Forest, and then trek along Bream Head Coast Walks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at The Kauri Museum, then view the masterpieces at Empire Art & Espresso, then make a trip to Mount Parihaka War Memorial, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Manaia Track.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Whangarei tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Paihia to Whangarei in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

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5
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Auckland

Auckland ©

City of Sails

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.
Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to EcoZip Adventures (in Oneroa) and Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, stroll around Auckland Domain, make a trip to Viaduct Harbour, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Urbanaut Brewing Co.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Auckland vacation planner.

Drive from Whangarei to Auckland in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

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Must see
SkyTower
4.4
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Military Museum
Auckland Museum
4.6

2
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Hamilton

Hamilton ©

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): examine the collection at Waikato Museum, then get to know the resident critters at Hamilton Zoo, and then hike along Mangakara Nature Walk. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, and then find your balance on the water with The Boatshed Kayaks.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hamilton trip itinerary website.

Getting from Auckland to Hamilton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Hamilton when traveling from Auckland in November, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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Specialty Museum
Waikato Museum
4.2

3
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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.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.6
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Hiking Trail
Ruakuri Walk
4.8

6
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Rotorua

Sulphur City

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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua travel route builder website.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Rotorua are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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Must see
Zipline
4.7
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Hot Spring
Te Puia
4.4

6
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Taupo

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, get interesting insight from Tours, admire the natural beauty at Waipahihi Botanical Gardens, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Great Lake Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo route builder site.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks
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Waterfall
Huka Falls Walkway
4.7

4
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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 26th (Thu), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, go for a walk through Mead's Wall, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Water Body
Tama Lakes
4.9
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Volcano
Mount Ruapehu
4.5

3
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Wellington

Wellington

Harbour Capital

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.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, get great views at Mount Victoria, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Wellington road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daytime highs in Wellington are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

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5
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Christchurch

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Akaroa (Pot Pourri, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). On the 1st (Tue), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. There's still lots to do: walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, admire the natural beauty at Ohinetahi Garden, go for a walk through Banks Peninsula, and examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Christchurch, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Parks · Transportation · Museums

Side Trips

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4
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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fox Glacier: Franz Josef (Franz Josef Glacier & Sentinel Rock Walk) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Sealy Tarns Track & Hooker Valley Track). There's lots more to do: push the limits with Skydive Fox Glacier, hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Skydive Fox Glacier
4.9
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Franz Josef Wilderness Tours
4.9
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World heritage site
Franz Josef Glacier
4.5

6
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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 13th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

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Spa
Spas
4.5

6
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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 out of Te Anau with an excursion to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound--about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 16th (Wed) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 20th (Sun), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, take a memorable tour with Westray Adventures - Horse Treks & Quad Tours, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions.

You can plan Te Anau trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 20:
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Must see
Milford Sound
4.8
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Water Body
Doubtful Sound
4.7
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Must see
Hollyford Track
5.0

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