60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
Fly:  29​h
1
Paihia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Auckland
— 5 nights
3
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Whakapapa
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Rotorua
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Wellington
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Abel Tasman National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
8
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Queenstown
— 6 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
11
Te Anau
— 9 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  33​h
End: Jerusalem

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Parasailing & Paragliding. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Manginangina Kauri Walk (in Kerikeri), Whangarei (Bream Head Coast Walks & Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve) and Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, cast your line with a fishing tour, admire all the interesting features of Opua Forest Lookout Track, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Anglican Church.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia tour itinerary builder app .

Jerusalem, Israel to Paihia is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Whangarei, Russell, Tane Mahuta Walk
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 8:
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tawharanui Regional Park and Rangitoto Island. Go for a jaunt from Auckland to Muriwai Beach to see Muriwai Gannet Colony about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Sky Tower, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, explore the landscape on two wheels at Nelson Street Cycleway, and get impressive views of Mount Eden.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland online travel planner .

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. January in Auckland sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Tawharanui Regional Park, Muriwai Gannet Colony
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park
Rangitoto Island ©
Rangitoto Island

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Caveworld. Go for a jaunt from Waitomo Caves to Pureora Forest Park to see The Timber Trail about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Piripiri Cave Walk, explore the striking landscape at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, and Head underground at Aranui Cave.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves online journey planner .

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

The Timber Trail NZ, Aranui Cave
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

5
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Escape the urban bustle at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and River Rafting & Tubing.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Whakapapa online trip builder .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

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
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Huka Falls Walkway and Zipline. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Taupo (Kayaking & Canoeing, Great Lake Trail, & more). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Okareka Walkway, and learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Whakaari White Island Volcano
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 27:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Queen Charlotte Track and Marlborough Sounds. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, get outside with Great Alpine Highway, explore the striking landscape at Pinnacles Track, and take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition.

You can plan Wellington trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. January in Wellington sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Picton, Wellington Botanic Garden, Catchpool Loop Walk
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 1:
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Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Great Alpine Highway ©
Great Alpine Highway

4
nights
Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park ©
Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
Take a break from the city and head to Abel Tasman Coast Track and Kayaking & Canoeing. Change things up with these side-trips from Abel Tasman National Park: Heaphy Track (in Kahurangi National Park), Wharariki Beach Walking Track (in Puponga) and Dancing Sands Distillery (in Takaka). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Wainui Falls Track, stroll through Kaiteriteri Beach, make a trip to Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), and trek along The Grove Scenic Reserve.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Abel Tasman National Park trip builder .

Explore your travel options from Wellington to Abel Tasman National Park with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Takaka, Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), Heaphy Track, Wharariki Beach Walking Track, The Grove Scenic Reserve
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 5:
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Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Heaphy Track ©
Heaphy Track
Wainui Falls Track ©
Wainui Falls Track

3
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 the city life by going to Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Copland Track, hike along Minnehaha Walk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matheson Walk.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip itinerary builder site .

Explore your travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Fox Glacier with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 9:
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Mount Fox Route ©
Mount Fox Route

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Take a break from the city and head to Hooker Valley Track and Ski The Tasman. When in Mt. Cook Village, make a side trip to see Lake Tekapo in Lake Tekapo, approximately 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, hike along Sealy Tarns Track, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Tarns Track.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mt. Cook Village itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village takes 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

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 9 — 13:
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Speed Boats Tours and Coronet Peak. Change things up with a short trip to Mount Aspiring National Park in Wanaka (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: push the limits with an extreme tour, explore the landscape on two wheels at Queenstown Trail, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and cruise along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip builder site .

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Queenstown in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Mount Aspiring National Park
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 19:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Zipline

9
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.
Get in touch with nature at Milford Sound and Hollyford Track. Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Pops View Look Out) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). On the 25th (Tue), hike the day away at Dusky Track. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, trek along Routeburn Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirror Lakes Walk, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Discover how to plan a Te Anau trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Routeburn Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 28:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

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