60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Jerusalem
Fly:  29 h
1
Paihia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Auckland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
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
Bus + Fly:  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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Parasailing & Paragliding will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Whangarei (Bream Head Coast Walks & Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve), Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi) and Blue River Orchard (in Waipapa). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, take some stellar pictures from Opua Forest Lookout Track, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and trek along Tapeka Point Track.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip itinerary builder app.

Jerusalem, Israel to Paihia is an approximately 28- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Jerusalem to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Whangarei, Russell, Tane Mahuta Walk, Blue River Orchard
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.
Get in touch with nature at Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre and Muriwai Gannet Colony. When in Auckland, make a side trip to see Tawharanui Regional Park in Warkworth, approximately Warkworth away. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, stop by Pauanesia, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and wander the streets of Devonport.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Auckland road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Muriwai Gannet Colony, Tawharanui Regional Park
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Waitomo Clay Birds. Change things up with a short trip to Timber Trail NZ in Pureora Forest Park (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, explore the fascinating underground world of Aranui Cave, and hike along Ruakuri Walk.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aranui Cave, Timber Trail NZ
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

5
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Horsemtrails. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whakapapa: Ohakune Old Coach Road (in Tongariro National Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, stroll through Mead's Wall, get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, and hike along Tongariro Northern Circuit.

To find photos and tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Huka Falls Walkway and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Kayaking & Canoeing, Great Lake Trail, &more). There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and trek along Lake Okareka Walkway.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rotorua route builder site.

Getting from Whakapapa to Rotorua by car takes about 2.5 hours. January in Rotorua sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. 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, Whakaari White Island Volcano
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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 ZEALANDIA Sanctuary. Step out of Wellington with an excursion to Marlborough Sounds in Picton--about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, steep yourself in history at Kotuku School Memorial, and get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. 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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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Abel Tasman Coast Track and Heaphy Track. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Abel Tasman National Park: Dancing Sands Distillery (in Takaka) and Wharariki Beach Walking Track (in Puponga). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wainui Falls Track, enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiteriteri Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at The Grove Scenic Reserve, and explore the fascinating underground world of Rawhiti Cave Track.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Abel Tasman National Park online driving holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Wellington to Abel Tasman National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Takaka, Heaphy Track, Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), 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.
Get outdoors at Fox Glacier South Side Walk and Mount Fox Route. Take a break from Fox Glacier with a short trip to Franz Josef Glacier in Franz Josef, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Copland Track, hike along Minnehaha Walk, and go for a walk through River Walk.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fox Glacier travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Fox Glacier with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 9:
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Escape the urban bustle at Hooker Valley Track and Mueller Hut Route. Explore Mt. Cook Village's surroundings by going to Lake Tekapo (in Lake Tekapo) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Kea Point Track, Sealy Tarns Track, &more). The adventure continues: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, trek along Governors Bush Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Tarns Track, and contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks.

For maps and tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village takes 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can 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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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

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 Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Mount Aspiring National Park in Wanaka--about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, race across the water with a speed boat tour, take a memorable drive along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Queenstown Trail.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown travel planner.

Getting from Mt. Cook Village to Queenstown by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Milford Sound and Kepler Track. Get out of town with these interesting Te Anau side-trips: 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. The adventure continues: trek along Hollyford Track, stroll through Mirror Lakes Walk, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau day trip website.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can 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
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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