58 days in New Zealand Itinerary

58 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

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Paihia
— 5 nights
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Drive to Kerikeri Airport, Fly to Dunedin Airport, Drive to Balclutha
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Balclutha
— 1 night
Drive
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Te Anau
— 7 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 5 nights
Drive
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Blenheim
— 4 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 6 nights
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Taupo
— 6 nights
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
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Whitianga
— 6 nights
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Paihia

— 5 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.
Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Waitangi Golf Club. Do some cultural sightseeing at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery. Change things up with these side-trips from Paihia: Puketi Nature Trail (in Kerikeri) and Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation. (in Russell). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Paihia Harbour, explore the landscape on two wheels at Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, and take in the pleasant sights at Opua Forest Lookout Track.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip itinerary planning tool.

Brussels, Belgium to Paihia is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 11 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Balclutha.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 2:

Balclutha

— 1 night
Balclutha is a town in Otago, lying towards the end of the Clutha River, on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): kick back and relax at Kaka Point Beach and then visit a coastal fixture at Nugget Point/Tokata Walks.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Balclutha tour itinerary maker app.

Explore your travel options from Paihia to Balclutha with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Balclutha

Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 3:

Te Anau

— 7 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.
Visiting Milford Sound and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 7th (Mon), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Marian Track, trek along The Chasm Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Fiordland Massage Clinic.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau road trip website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Balclutha to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 10:

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Zipline. Get some cultural insight at Peregrine Wines and Chard Farm Winery. Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Millbrook Resort Golf Course in Arrowtown--about 34 minutes away. On the 16th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown tour itinerary app.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 16:

Fox Glacier

— 5 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Visiting Gillespies Beach and ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery will get you outdoors. Step out of Fox Glacier to go to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) and see Hooker Valley Track, which is approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, hike along Minnehaha Walk, stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and cast your line with Glacier Country Lake Tours.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fox Glacier attractions tool.

Drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Blenheim.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 21:

Blenheim

— 4 nights
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get some cultural insight at Wine Tours & Tastings and Framingham Wines. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and learn about winemaking at Hunter's Wines Cellar Door & Wine Shop.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Blenheim trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Blenheim takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In November in Blenheim, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Wellington.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 25:

Wellington

— 2 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.
On the 26th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old St Paul's, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then get around town with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on Kapiti Island Nature Tours and then delve into the lush surroundings at Rimutaka Forest Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Wellington attractions planning website.

Traveling by flight from Blenheim to Wellington takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, daytime highs in Wellington are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Wellington

Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 27:

Waitomo Caves

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): head outdoors with Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and then hike along Ruakuri Walk.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 29:

Tongariro National Park

— 6 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Take a break from the city and head to Active Outdoor Adventures and Mount Ruapehu. Te Porere Redoubt and Mangawhero Falls are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, hit the slopes at Turoa Ski Area, trek along Taranaki Falls, and stroll through Tongariro Northern Circuit.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park visit planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can take a shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 5:

Taupo

— 6 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Huka Falls Walkway and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Do some cultural sightseeing at Taupo Museum and Lava Glass. There's lots more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, visit 9 Hole Golf Course, kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Taupo trip itinerary website.

You can take a shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 11:

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.
Get outdoors at Te Puia and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Volcanic Hills Winery and Government Gardens. There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the natural beauty of Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Rotorua sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 17:

Whitianga

— 6 nights
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Get outdoors at Hot Water Beach and Cave Cruzer. Visit Matarangi Beach and Otama Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Whitianga: Opoutere Surf Beach (in Opoutere), Hahei (Cathedral Cove Walk & Hahei Beach Walk) and Opito Bay Beach (in Kuaotunu). There's more to do: boost your wellbeing at The Lost Spring and kick back and relax at Pauanui Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Whitianga online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Whitianga takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, daytime highs in Whitianga are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 23:

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.