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
— 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
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Te Anau and The Chasm Walk. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Routeburn Track and Statue of Stag. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Te Anau: Helicopter Tours (in Milford Sound) and Manapouri (Kayaking & Canoeing & Wild Wool Gallery). There's still lots to do: trek along Kepler Track and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau online sightseeing planner .

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Te Anau is 4 hours. 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, Statue of Stag, Lake Gunn, 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arrowtown Village and Queenstown Hill. Get outdoors at Glenorchy-Queenstown Road and Safaris. When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Little Paradise Dream Garden in Mount Creighton, approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the landscape on two wheels at Otago Central Rail Trail, cast your line with a fishing tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get engrossed in the history at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown day trip planner .

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Little Paradise Dream Garden, Otago Central Rail Trail
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
Safaris

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.
Get outdoors at Roys Peak Track and River Rafting & Tubing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wanaka and Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks. There's much more to do: hike along Mount Iron Track, experience rural life at Wanaka Lavender Farm, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and see the interesting displays at National Transport and Toy Museum.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Wanaka journey maker app .

Getting from Queenstown to Wanaka by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catcht 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Penguin Place and Tunnel Hill. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Orokonui Ecosanctuary and Tunnel Beach Track. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dunedin: Katiki Point Lighthouse (in Moeraki), Oamaru (Moeraki Boulders Beach, Oamaru Public Gardens, & more) and Nugget Point/Tokata Walks (in Balclutha). There's still lots to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Speight’s Brewery, pause for some photo ops at Robert Burns Statue, take in the exciting artwork at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, and see the sky in a new way at Otago Museum.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Dunedin trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Dunedin takes 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

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

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. Visiting Hokitika Gorge Walk and Lake Matheson Walk will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hokitika Beach and Truman Track. Change things up with these side-trips from Hokitika: Helicopter Tours (in Franz Josef) and Monteith's Brewing Company (in Greymouth). The adventure continues: get outside with Glow Worm Dell, look for all kinds of wild species at Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Catholic Church, and hike along Mahinapua Tramline (Mahinapua Walkway).

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hokitika trip planner .

Getting from Dunedin to Hokitika by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Akaroa.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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

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, get interesting insight from Tours, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Barrys Bay Cheese, view the masterpieces at The Giant's House, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Akaroa trip maker .

Traveling by car from Hokitika to Akaroa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in January, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Akaroa

Outdoors Tours 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ohau Stream Walk and Peninsula Seal Colony. Escape the urban bustle at Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway and Conical Hill. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the long history of Fyffe House, don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese.

Plan trip to Kaikoura with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Akaroa to Kaikoura in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough 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

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Get in touch with nature at Cape Kidnappers and Te Mata Peak. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Mission Estate Winery. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, view the masterpieces at Birdwoods Gallery, learn about winemaking at Esk Valley Winery, and get great views at Bluff Hill Lookout.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Napier trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kaikoura to Napier in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Tours Wineries

Side Trips

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

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Mt Maunganui Main Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Ohope Beach and Papamoa Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Kayaking & Canoeing, Aratiatia Rapids, & more), Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Base Track & Pilot Bay) and Monmouth Redoubt (in Tauranga). The adventure continues: trot along with a tour on horseback, witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, stroll through Blue Lake Track, and do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip planner .

Drive from Napier to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tauranga, Taupo, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, River Rafting & Tubing, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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.
Get outdoors at Ruakuri Cave and Marokopa Falls Walk. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ruakuri Walk and Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Waitomo Caves: Piopio Berry Orchard (in Piopio), Ngarunui Beach (in Raglan) and Yarndley's Bush (in Te Awamutu). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, head off the coast to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, appreciate the history behind Sir Colin Meads Statue, and look for all kinds of wild species at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves road trip planning 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 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sir Colin Meads Statue, Yarndley's Bush, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, Piopio Berry Orchard, Ngarunui Beach
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
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Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ngarunui Beach ©
Ngarunui Beach
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

4
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 the less-touristy side of things at Paihia Harbour and Rainbow Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve Walk (in Hikurangi), Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi) and Whangarei Falls (in Whangarei). It doesn't end there: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and brush up on your military savvy at Kawakawa Memorial Library Centre.

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Getting from Waitomo Caves to Paihia by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. 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

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

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