60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Te Anau
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Christchurch
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Wellington
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Whakapapa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Taupo
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
11
Hamilton
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Auckland
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
13
Paihia
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Bangkok

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.
Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Lake Wanaka in Wanaka--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, push the limits with an extreme tour, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

For photos, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read Queenstown sightseeing site .

Bangkok, Thailand to Queenstown is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time 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
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from 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 lots more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, take a memorable tour with Tours, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip itinerary tool .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Go for a jaunt from Mt. Cook Village to Lake Tekapo to see Lake Tekapo about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Hooker Valley Track, contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, see the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, and stroll through Kea Point Track.

Start your trip to Mt. Cook Village by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors 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
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

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.
Fox Glacier is known for trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk, stroll through Mount Fox Route, and take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Fox Glacier online trip planner .

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

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Geraldine Observatory (in Geraldine), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). There's much more to do: stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, enjoy some diversion at Velocity Karts, and take in nature's colorful creations at Ohinetahi Garden.

For more things to do, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch holiday planner.

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. In February, daytime highs in Christchurch are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Museums

Side Trips

Little River Gallery, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Geraldine Observatory, Ohinetahi Garden
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 22:
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Wellington: Picton (Queen Charlotte Track & Marlborough Sounds). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, and explore the striking landscape at Pinnacles Track.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3 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 a bit warmer nights in Wellington, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Picton, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Wellington Botanic Garden, Catchpool Loop Walk
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 27:
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Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

1
night
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get curious at Puke Ariki, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pukekura Park, then look for gifts at Giles Chocolatier, and finally take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our New Plymouth trip planner.

Getting from Wellington to New Plymouth by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Childrens Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Feb 27 — 28:
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Puke Ariki ©
Puke Ariki

5
nights
Whakapapa

Go for a jaunt from Whakapapa to Turangi to see River Rafting & Tubing about 34 minutes away.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from New Plymouth to Whakapapa takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
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). Next up on the itinerary: push the limits with an extreme tour, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Taupo trip maker website .

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

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, Head underground at Caveworld, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves day trip planning app .

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

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aranui Cave, Kapiti Island
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 13:
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

2
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the 14th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, and then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, then head outdoors with Raglan Rock, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hamilton tour planner.

You can take a bus from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Raglan, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 15:
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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.
Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Wine Tours & Tastings (in Waiheke Island), Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth) and Stockade Hill (in Howick). There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, get your game on at Virtual Reality Studio, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip planning app .

Getting from Hamilton to Auckland by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Tawharanui Regional Park, Stockade Hill, Matakana War Memorial, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 20:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

6
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: Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Tapeka Point Track), Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei) and Byrne Northland Wines (in Kerikeri). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Paihia tour app .

Drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Bream Head Coast Walks
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 26:
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

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