60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Singapore
Fly + Bus:  17 h 15 min
1
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Queenstown
— 9 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
3
Wanaka
— 9 nights
Bus:  5 h 30 min
4
Dunedin
— 6 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Hokitika
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Akaroa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Kaikoura
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  6 h 15 min
8
Napier
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Rotorua
— 8 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
11
Paihia
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Singapore

4
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.
Visiting Lake Te Anau and Kepler Track will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Routeburn Track and Wild Wool Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Te Anau: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Manapouri) and Statue of Stag (in Mossburn). There's more to do: trek along The Chasm Walk and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn.

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Singapore, Singapore to Te Anau is an approximately 18.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, shuttle, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Singapore to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Manapouri, Lake Gunn, Statue of Stag, Routeburn Track
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:
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Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

9
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 the city life by going to Queenstown Hill and Arrowtown Village. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Otago Central Rail Trail and Arrow River. Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Little Paradise Dream Garden in Mount Creighton--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Ben Lomond Track, have some family-friendly fun at Fear Factory Queenstown, stop by Old Fashioned Costume Photography, and explore the activities along Moke Lake.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Otago Central Rail Trail, Little Paradise Dream Garden
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 13:
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Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Otago Central Rail Trail ©
Otago Central Rail Trail
Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village

9
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Roys Peak Track and Wanaka. Escape the urban bustle at Mount Iron Track and Outside Sports Wanaka. There's much more to do: stroll through Blue Pools Track, hike along Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks, do a tasting at Rippon Vineyard, and appreciate the history behind Wanaka War Memorial.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Wanaka online tour planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 22:
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Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

6
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Moeraki Boulders Beach and Oamaru Public Gardens. Take a break from the city and head to Penguin Place and Tunnel Beach Track. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dunedin: Nugget Point/Tokata Walks (in Balclutha), Tunnel Hill (in Owaka) and Katiki Point Lighthouse (in Moeraki). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, appreciate the history behind Robert Burns Statue, examine the collection at Steampunk HQ, and make a trip to Oamaru's Victorian Precinct.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Dunedin online visit planner.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Dunedin takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Oamaru, Nugget Point/Tokata Walks, Tunnel Hill, Katiki Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 28:
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Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Moeraki Boulders Beach ©
Moeraki Boulders Beach

4
nights
Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Explore hidden gems such as Hokitika Gorge Walk and Hokitika Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Lake Matheson Walk and Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe. Explore Hokitika's surroundings by going to Truman Track (in Punakaiki), Monteith's Brewing Company (in Greymouth) and Helicopter Tours (in Franz Josef). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Glow Worm Dell, stroll through Mahinapua Tramline (Mahinapua Walkway), view the masterpieces at Wilderness Gallery, and admire the landmark architecture of Hokitika Town Clock.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hokitika trip planner.

You can fly from Dunedin to Hokitika in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Akaroa.

Things to do in Hokitika

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Truman Track, Monteith's Brewing Company, Lake Matheson Walk, Helicopter Tours
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
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Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach

2
nights
Akaroa

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Britomart Monument, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: stop by Barrys Bay Cheese, then shop like a local with The Giants House, and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Akaroa trip planning app.

Drive from Hokitika to Akaroa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Akaroa are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Akaroa

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Take a break from the city and head to Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway and Ohau Stream Walk. Explore hidden gems such as Ohau Point Seal Colony and Kaikoura Cheese. Step out of Kaikoura with an excursion to Conical Hill in Hanmer Springs--about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, cast your line with a fishing tour, and contemplate the long history of Fyffe House.

Plan a Kaikoura trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Akaroa to Kaikoura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Napier.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Conical Hill
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Scuba & Snorkeling
Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony

5
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 the less-touristy side of things at Bluff Hill Lookout and Te Mata Peak. Step out of the city life by going to Cape Kidnappers and Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Marine Parade, browse the exhibits of Hastings City Art Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Sunken Gardens, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Napier day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Kaikoura to Napier takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Hastings, Elephant Hill, Birdwoods Gallery, Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk, Cape Kidnappers
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:
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Bluff Hill Lookout ©
Bluff Hill Lookout
Cape Kidnappers ©
Cape Kidnappers
Wine Tours & Tastings

8
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.
Visit Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Pilot Bay for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Ohope Beach (in Whakatane), Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui) and Monmouth Redoubt (in Tauranga). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Papamoa Beach, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, look for all kinds of wild species at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, and take in the natural beauty of Kuirau Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rotorua day trip planning app.

You can drive from Napier to Rotorua in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Rotorua sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tauranga, Taupo, River Rafting & Tubing, Ohope Beach, Papamoa Beach
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 20:
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach
Pilot Bay ©
Pilot Bay

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 Ruakuri Cave and Ruakuri Walk. Explore hidden gems such as Marakopa Falls and Ngarunui Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari (in Pukeatua), Piopio Berry Orchard (in Piopio) and Yarndley's Bush (in Te Awamutu). There's much more to do: Head underground at Caveworld, pause for some photo ops at Sir Colin Meads Statue, identify plant and animal life at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, and take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ngarunui Beach, Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, Sir Colin Meads Statue, Piopio Berry Orchard
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
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Marakopa Falls ©
Marakopa Falls
Ngarunui Beach ©
Ngarunui Beach
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Paihia Harbour and Whangarei Falls. Visiting Rainbow Falls and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Russell) and Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve Walk (in Hikurangi). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Kawakawa Memorial Library Centre and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Paihia road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Tane Mahuta Walk, Kawakawa Memorial Library Centre, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve Walk, Rainbow Falls
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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