60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly
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Auckland
— 5 nights
Drive
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Paihia
— 6 nights
+2
Taxi to Whangarei Airport, Fly to Hamilton Airport, Taxi to Waitomo Caves
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive
5
Taupo
— 7 nights
Drive
6
Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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New Plymouth
— 1 night
Fly
8
Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly
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Christchurch
— 4 nights
Drive
10
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 8 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to London Heathrow

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5
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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.
Bring the kids along to SkyTower and SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: EcoZip Adventures (in Oneroa) and Connells Bay Sculpture Park (in Waiheke Island). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, look for gifts at Pauanesia, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, and get impressive views of Rangitoto Island.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Auckland day trip planning app.

London, UK to Auckland is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from London to Auckland, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, you will find days in Auckland are a bit warmer (20°C), and nights are warmer (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:
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SkyTower ©
Must see
SkyTower
4.4
Auckland Museum ©
Military Museum
Auckland Museum
4.6

6
nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve will thrill your kids. When in Paihia, make a side trip to see Blue River Orchard in Waipapa, approximately Waipapa away. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Skydive Bay of Islands, explore and take pictures at Akeake Historic Reserve Track, play a few rounds at Kauri Cliffs, and see the world from above with Salt Air.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paihia road trip planner.

Drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 10:
Highlights from your trip
Bay of Islands Kayaking ©
Kayaking / Canoeing
Bay of Islands Kayaking
4.8
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Historic Site
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
4.6

3
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.
Step out of Waitomo Caves to go to Raglan and see Wainui Reserve, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, trek along Ruakuri Walk, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, and take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves online tour planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
Highlights from your trip
©
River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.6
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Outdoor Activity
Waitomo Clay Birds
5.0

6
nights
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.
Attractions like Zipline and Hamilton Gardens make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: McLaren Falls Park (in Tauranga), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Hamilton Zoo (in Hamilton). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, experience rural life at Agrodome, look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 19:
Highlights from your trip
©
Must see
Zipline
4.7
Agrodome ©
Farm
Agrodome
4.3

7
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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.
Family-friendly places like Huka Falls Walkway and Maori Rock Carvings will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, have fun at Clay Break Taupo, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Taupo trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 26:
Highlights from your trip
Huka Prawn Park ©
Theme Park
Huka Prawn Park
3.4
Mind Junction ©
Theme Park
Mind Junction
3.0

5
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Bring the kids along to Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Ohakune Old Coach Road. And it doesn't end there: hit the best photo ops around with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, explore the activities along Tama Lakes, make a trip to Mead's Wall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ridge Track.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:
Highlights from your trip
Tama Lakes ©
Water Body
Tama Lakes
4.9
Silica Rapids Track ©
Hiking Trail
Silica Rapids Track
4.6

1
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New Plymouth

Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): engage your brain at Puke Ariki, then take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, then look for gifts at Giles Chocolatier, and finally get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our New Plymouth journey builder website.

Drive from Tongariro National Park to New Plymouth in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your trip
Puke Ariki ©
Science Museum
Puke Ariki
4.7
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
Scenic Walking Area
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
4.9

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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.
Family-friendly places like Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and New Zealand Parliament will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, trek along Catchpool Loop Walk, meet the residents at Wellington Zoo, and take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Wellington road trip site.

You can fly from New Plymouth to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Wellington sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:
Highlights from your trip

4
nights
Christchurch

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Bring the kids along to Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Christchurch Gondola. Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Akaroa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Saint Peter's Anglican Church). On the 6th (Sat), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, get interesting insight from Christchurch Adventure Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michaels and All Angels, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Southern Encounter.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Christchurch day trip site.

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 bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Wellington in February, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Transportation · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:
Highlights from your trip
Canterbury Museum ©
History Museum
Canterbury Museum
4.6

4
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Fox Glacier

A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Gillespies Beach and Fox Glacier South Side Walk. Explore Fox Glacier's surroundings by going to Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Kea Point Track, Glencoe Walk, &more). There's lots more to do: push the limits with Skydive Fox Glacier, stroll through Minnehaha Walk, go for a walk through River Walk, and view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier day trip planning website.

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 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 12:
Highlights from your trip
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Hiking Trail
Sealy Tarns Track
4.9
Kea Point Track ©
Hiking Trail
Kea Point Track
4.4
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
World heritage site
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
3.6

6
nights
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.
Attractions like Skyline Queenstown and Zipline make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Wanaka (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, explore and take pictures at Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and have fun at Break One.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Queenstown holiday planner.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 18:
Highlights from your trip
©
Spa
Spas
4.5

8
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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.
Attractions like Hollyford Track and Routeburn Track make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Te Anau: Milford Sound (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Bowen Falls, &more). Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, take an unforgettable tour with Southern Lakes Helicopters, see Wild Rides, and go for a walk through Punanga Manu o Te Anau.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 18 — 26:
Highlights from your trip
Hollyford Track ©
Must see
Hollyford Track
5.0
Routeburn Track ©
Must see
Routeburn Track
4.9
Milford Sound ©
Water Body
Milford Sound
4.8

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