60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Queenstown
— 6 nights
2
Te Anau
— 7 nights
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
4
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
5
Christchurch
— 4 nights
6
Wellington
— 5 nights
7
New Plymouth
— 1 night
8
Whakapapa
— 5 nights
9
Taupo
— 6 nights
10
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
11
Hamilton
— 2 nights
12
Auckland
— 5 nights
13
Paihia
— 6 nights

6
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.
When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Lake Wanaka in Wanaka, approximately Wanaka away. There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, trek along Ben Lomond Track, take a memorable tour with Tours, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Queenstown is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Bangkok to Queenstown. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Lake Wanaka
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

7
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Te Anau: Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). On the 8th (Sat), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, hike along Mirror Lakes Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hollyford Track, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

Make your Te Anau itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Bowen Falls, Routeburn Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mt. Cook Village: Lake Tekapo (in Lake Tekapo) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Hooker Valley Track, Sealy Tarns Track, &more). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, see the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Tarns Track, and trek along Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) 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
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 14:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

4
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Step out of Fox Glacier to go to Franz Josef and see Franz Josef Glacier, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, stroll through Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk, and contemplate the long history of River Walk.

To see reviews and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier attractions planner.

Getting from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier by car takes about 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Christchurch

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: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa), Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Geraldine Observatory (in Geraldine). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Christchurch sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Christchurch takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. February in Christchurch sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Transportation · Museums

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Little River Gallery, Ohinetahi Garden, Geraldine Observatory
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Picton (Queen Charlotte Track & Marlborough Sounds). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, trek along Catchpool Loop Walk, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament.

Plan a trip to Wellington easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Wellington, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Picton, Catchpool Loop Walk, Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

1
night
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 28th (Fri), engage your brain at Puke Ariki, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pukekura Park, then stop by Giles Chocolatier, and finally take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our New Plymouth day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to New Plymouth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Puke Ariki ©
Puke Ariki
Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

5
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Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
Change things up with these side-trips from Whakapapa: Tongariro National Park (Ohakune Old Coach Road, Horsemtrails, &more) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi). The adventure continues: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Northern Circuit, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, and admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Whakapapa online trip maker.

You can drive from New Plymouth to Whakapapa in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Taupo.

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

6
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taupo: Rotorua (Horseback Riding Tours, Zipline, &more). And it doesn't end there: push the limits with an extreme tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Taupo travel planner.

You can drive from Whakapapa to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

3
nights
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: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Taupo to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Aranui Cave, Kapiti Island
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
River Rafting & Tubing
Kapiti Island ©
Kapiti Island

2
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): stroll around Hamilton Gardens, make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set, and then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Waikato Museum, then get outside with Raglan Rock, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Raglan, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Raglan Rock ©
Raglan Rock

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wine Tours & Tastings (in Waiheke Island), Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth) and Matakana War Memorial (in Matakana). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, stop by Pauanesia, step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island, and wander the streets of Devonport.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hamilton to Auckland in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Auckland sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Stockade Hill, Wine Tours & Tastings, Tawharanui Regional Park, Cheltenham Beach, Matakana War Memorial
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island

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nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paihia: Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei) and Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Tapeka Point Track). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, get interesting insight from Tours, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Paihia trip planner.

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri, Haruru Falls, Bream Head Coast Walks
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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