57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip itinerary planner

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Paihia
— 4 nights
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Whitianga
— 2 nights
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New Plymouth
— 1 night
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Christchurch
— 5 nights
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Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
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Wanaka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Te Anau
— 5 nights
Drive
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Dunedin
— 4 nights
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Wellington
— 3 nights
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Hastings
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
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Taupo
— 5 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
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Paihia

— 4 nights
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 Rainbow Falls and Paihia Harbour. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Whangarei (Town Basin & Whangarei Falls). Spend the 8th (Sat) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Parrot Place, take in the pleasant sights at Opua Forest Lookout Track, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Paihia trip maker tool.

Auckland to Paihia is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Whitianga.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:

Whitianga

— 2 nights
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of The Lost Spring and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Hahei Beach Walk and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Paku.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Whitianga holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Whitianga takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Whitianga are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

New Plymouth

— 1 night
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pukekura Park and then take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read New Plymouth holiday planner.

Drive from Whitianga to New Plymouth in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Christchurch.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:

Christchurch

— 5 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Margaret Mahy Family Playground. There's much more to do: go for a walk through Banks Peninsula, contemplate the waterfront views at Avon River, catch a ride on Christchurch Gondola, and stroll around Hagley Park.

To plan Christchurch vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from New Plymouth to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. January in Christchurch sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 16:

Fox Glacier

— 3 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hooker Valley Track and Lake Matheson Walk. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and trek along Moraine Walk.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip planner.

You can drive from Christchurch to Fox Glacier in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:

Queenstown

— 6 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ben Lomond Track and Glenorchy-Queenstown Road. Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Misha's Vineyard Tasting Room in Cromwell--about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Otago Central Rail Trail, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and hike along Queenstown Hill.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Queenstown tour app.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 25:

Wanaka

— 5 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Roys Peak Track. Spend the 30th (Sun) exploring nature at Mount Aspiring National Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Iron Track, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Wanaka trip planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Wanaka by bus takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 30:

Te Anau

— 5 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Doubtful Sound and Kayaking & Canoeing. On the 2nd (Wed), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. On the 3rd (Thu), hike the day away at Kepler Track. It doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau online trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wanaka to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 4:

Dunedin

— 4 nights

Edinburgh of the South

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and Dunedin Botanic Garden. Step out of Dunedin with an excursion to Moeraki Boulders Beach in Oamaru--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Tunnel Beach Track, see the interesting displays at The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery, don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street, and engage your brain at Otago Museum.

Before you visit Dunedin, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Dunedin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:

Wellington

— 3 nights

Harbour Capital

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Great War Exhibition and Oriental Bay. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, and take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Wellington travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Dunedin to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, daytime highs in Wellington are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Hastings.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 11:

Hastings

— 2 nights
Hastings is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): stop by The Department of Curiosities and Fine Things, don't miss a visit to Marine Parade, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Birdwoods Gallery, then explore and take pictures at Te Mata Peak, and then get in on the family fun at Splash Planet.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hastings road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Hastings takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Hastings

Wineries · Tours · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:

Rotorua

— 6 nights

Sulphur City

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.
Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Base Track, Mt Maunganui Main Beach, &more). There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua tour app.

You can drive from Hastings to Rotorua in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 19:

Taupo

— 5 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Taupo and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taupo: Waitomo Caves (Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours & Waitomo Glowworm Caves). There's much more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, examine the collection at Taupo Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, and take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Taupo trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can take a shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 19 — 24:

Tongariro National Park

— 5 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 25th (Fri), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 26th (Sat), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Ohakune Old Coach Road, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, make a trip to Mead's Wall, and trek along Rotopounamu Track.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tongariro National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 24 — Mar 1:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.