60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Singapore
+2
Subway + Fly + Bus:  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
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
Auckland
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h
11
Paihia
— 7 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Subway:  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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Te Anau and Kepler Track. Visiting The Chasm Walk and Lake Gunn will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Te Anau: Manapouri (Wild Wool Gallery & Kayaking & Canoeing).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau travel route planning site.

Singapore, Singapore to Te Anau is an approximately 18.5- hour combination of subway, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, shuttle, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the 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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Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery and Chard Farm Winery. Take a break from the city and head to Ben Lomond Track and Otago Central Rail Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Little Paradise Dream Garden in Mount Creighton (about 30 minutes away). The adventure continues: get your game on at Dark Ride, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, and trek along Queenstown Hill.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Queenstown planning website.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Otago Central Rail Trail, Little Paradise Dream Garden
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 10:
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Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Transport and Toy Museum and Rippon Vineyard. You'll explore and learn at The Picture Lounge and Wanaka Fine Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: trek along Mount Iron Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Pools Track, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Wanaka trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 17:
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Steampunk HQ and First Church of Otago. Step off the beaten path and head to Penguin Place and Tunnel Beach Track. Venture out of the city with trips to Nugget Point/Tokata Walks (in Balclutha), Katiki Point Lighthouse (in Moeraki) and Oamaru (Oamaru's Victorian Precinct & Moeraki Boulders Beach). There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, get a new perspective on nature at Otago Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Botanic Garden, and make a trip to The World's Steepest Street.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Dunedin travel planning website.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Dunedin in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

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.
Head to The Giants House and Cookie Time Factory Shopfor plenty of shopping. Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu) and Quake City will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Conical Hill (in Hanmer Springs) and Akaroa (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Swim with Dolphins, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush, go for a walk through Banks Peninsula, take in the exciting artwork at CoCa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nurses' Memorial Chapel.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch online travel planner.

Drive from Dunedin to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Tours Parks

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Southward Car Museum and Cable Car Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Oriental Bay and Queen Charlotte Track. Step out of Wellington with an excursion to Marlborough Sounds in Picton--about 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, steep yourself in history at Old St Paul's, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, and appreciate the history behind Paddy the Wanderer Monument.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Wellington trip maker tool.

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, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to 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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Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mission Estate Winery and Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk. For shopping fun, head to Birdwoods Gallery or Hastings City Art Gallery. When in Napier, make a side trip to see Te Mata Peak in Hastings, approximately Hastings away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Cape Kidnappers, make a trip to Marine Parade, browse the exhibits of VIVA Gallery, and get great views at Bluff Hill Lookout.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Napier trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Napier takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park and Ohope Beach. Visiting Mount Maunganui Base Track and Blue Lake Track will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Kayaking & Canoeing, Aratiatia Rapids, &more), Monmouth Redoubt (in Tauranga) and Mt Maunganui Main Beach (in Mount Maunganui). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, make a trip to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, and take in nature's colorful creations at Government Gardens.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary site.

Getting from Napier to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Rotorua sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Tauranga, River Rafting & Tubing, Ohope Beach, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 12:
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Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park ©
Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park
Ohope Beach ©
Ohope Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
On the 13th (Mon), make a trip to Sir Colin Meads Statue, experience rural life at Piopio Berry Orchard, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then Head underground at Caveworld, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, then get engrossed in the history at Te Awamutu Museum, then admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, and finally take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, Sir Colin Meads Statue, Te Awamutu Museum, 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.
New Zealand Maritime Museum and The Kauri Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll get in some beach time at Piha Beach and Orewa Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Arataki Visitor Centre (in Piha), Goat Island Marine Reserve (in Warkworth) and Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach). There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Sculptureum, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get engrossed in the history at Bohemian Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid-e-Umar Mosque.

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You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in January, and nighttime lows around 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, Orewa Beach, Sculptureum, Goat Island Marine Reserve, The Kauri Museum
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.
You'll explore and learn at Kawakawa Memorial Library Centre and Amazespace. Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Russell (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Pompallier Mission and Printery, &more), Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi) and Kawiti Caves (in Kawakawa). Next up on the itinerary: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Whangarei Falls, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

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

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