60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 7 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Wanaka
— 7 nights
bus:  5​h 30​min
4
Dunedin
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Christchurch
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Wellington
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Napier
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Rotorua
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
10
Auckland
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Paihia
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Singapore

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at The Chasm Walk and Kayaking & Canoeing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kepler Track and Wild Wool Gallery. When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Helicopter Tours in Milford Sound, approximately 58 minutes away. There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip itinerary builder .

Singapore, Singapore to Te Anau is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Singapore to Te Anau due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Manapouri, Lake Gunn
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 3:
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The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Head to Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery and Old Fashioned Costume Photographyfor some retail therapy. Take a break from the city and head to Ben Lomond Track and Otago Central Rail Trail. Take a break from Queenstown with a short trip to Little Paradise Dream Garden in Mount Creighton, about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, take a memorable drive along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown online sightseeing planner .

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Little Paradise Dream Garden, Otago Central Rail Trail
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 10:
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Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery ©
Otago Central Rail Trail ©
Otago Central Rail Trail

7
nights
Wanaka

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Let the collections at National Transport and Toy Museum and The Picture Lounge capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Rippon Vineyard and Wanaka Fine Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: trek along Mount Iron Track, stroll through Roys Peak Track, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Wanaka trip tool .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
Dunedin

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Get some cultural insight at Steampunk HQ and Katiki Point Lighthouse. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nugget Point/Tokata Walks and Olveston Historic Home. Explore Dunedin's surroundings by going to Oamaru (Oamaru's Victorian Precinct & Moeraki Boulders Beach). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Penguin Place, pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago, admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden, and see the sky in a new way at Otago Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dunedin travel route builder app .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Dunedin in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oamaru, Nugget Point/Tokata Walks, Katiki Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:
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Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Katiki Point Lighthouse ©
Katiki Point Lighthouse
Steampunk HQ ©
Steampunk HQ

5
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Giant's House and Riccarton House & Bush. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kayaking & Canoeing and Margaret Mahy Family Playground. Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Conical Hill (in Hanmer Springs) and Akaroa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Swim with Dolphins). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), stop by Cookie Time Factory Shop, take in the exciting artwork at CoCa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nurses' Memorial Chapel.

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Traveling by car from Dunedin to Christchurch takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Akaroa, Conical Hill
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 26:
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The Giants House ©
The Giants House
Kayaking & Canoeing
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National War Memorial and Cable Car Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Queen Charlotte Track and Oriental Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to Southward Car Museum (in Paraparaumu) and Marlborough Sounds (in Picton). There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, see the sky in a new way at Space Place at Carter Observatory, take in the exciting artwork at New Zealand Portrait Gallery, and pause for some photo ops at Paddy the Wanderer Monument.

To see maps and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip maker .

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. In December in Wellington, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Napier.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Picton, Southward Car Museum
Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 1:
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Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Safaris

4
nights
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
You'll explore and learn at Birdwoods Gallery and Hastings City Art Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Mission Estate Winery and Esk Valley Winery. Change things up with a short trip to Te Mata Peak in Hastings (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the long history of Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk, take some stellar pictures from Bluff Hill Lookout, and take in the exciting artwork at VIVA Gallery.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Napier trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Napier takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Napier

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hastings, Cape Kidnappers, Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk, Birdwoods Gallery
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:
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Cape Kidnappers ©
Cape Kidnappers
Birdwoods Gallery ©
Birdwoods Gallery
Mission Estate Winery ©
Mission Estate Winery

7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park and Mount Maunganui Base Track. Your inner history buff will appreciate Buried Village of Te Wairoa and Government Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Ohope Beach (in Whakatane), Mt Maunganui Main Beach (in Mount Maunganui) and Monmouth Redoubt (in Tauranga). And it doesn't end there: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get your game on at ZORB Rotorua, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Rotorua online trip maker .

You can drive from Napier to Rotorua in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Rotorua are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Taupo, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Ohope Beach
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 12:
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Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park ©
Ohope Beach ©
Ohope Beach
Blue Lake Track ©
Blue Lake Track

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Sir Colin Meads Statue, experience rural life at Piopio Berry Orchard, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then Head underground at Caveworld, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, get engrossed in the history at Te Awamutu Museum, then admire the sheer force of Marokopa Falls Walk, and finally take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves tour itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Te Awamutu Museum, Sir Colin Meads Statue, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, Piopio Berry Orchard
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:
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Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

6
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.
Relax by the water at Piha Beach and Orewa Beach. Visiting Arataki Visitor Centre and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: The Kauri Museum (in Matakohe), Goat Island Marine Reserve (in Warkworth) and Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Sculptureum, examine the collection at New Zealand Maritime Museum, get impressive views of One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie), and take an in-depth tour of Bohemian Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Piha, Muriwai Gannet Colony, Goat Island Marine Reserve, The Kauri Museum, Sculptureum
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 20:
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Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
The Kauri Museum ©
The Kauri Museum
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach

7
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.
Pompallier Mission and Printery and Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Christ Church and Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve Walk. Change things up with these side-trips from Paihia: Kawiti Caves (in Kawakawa), Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Russell). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get engrossed in the history at Kawakawa Memorial Library Centre, and explore the galleries of Amazespace.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paihia day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri, Kawakawa, Whangarei, Tane Mahuta Walk
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

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