59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Auckland
— 20 nights
Fly
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 2 nights
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Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive to Picton, Ferry to Wellington
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Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly
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Christchurch
— 20 nights
Fly
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
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Auckland

— 20 nights

City of Sails

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.
St. Patrick's Cathedral and Manukau Heads Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre and Bethells Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Whitianga (Fun Zone Adventure & Family Park & Mercury Bay Museum), Orewa Beach (in Orewa) and The Waterworks (in Coromandel). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Tawharanui Regional Park, stroll through Whangapoua Beach, hike along Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, and brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland road trip planning site.

Singapore, Singapore to Auckland is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Auckland is 4 hours. Traveling from Singapore in April, expect nights in Auckland to be slightly colder, around 22°C, while days are much colder, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — May 7:

Queenstown

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, then identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Queenstown Cemetery, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Gibbston Valley Winery, then explore the activities along Arrow River, and then take an in-depth tour of Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planner.

Getting from Auckland to Queenstown by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Te Anau

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): trek along The Chasm Walk and then explore the activities along Milford Sound. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau and then explore the activities along Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Te Anau travel route planning site.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Dunedin

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Aramoana Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, then examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Natures Wonders Naturally, see the interesting displays at Port Chalmers Maritime Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago.

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Getting from Te Anau to Dunedin by bus takes about 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Kaikoura

— 2 nights
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fyffe House, make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and then look for gifts at Southern Paua Shop & Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Seal Colony and then view the masterpieces at Art & Design Gallery.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaikoura travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Kaikoura takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

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 15th (Mon), examine the collection at Southward Car Museum and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bolton Street Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Scorching Bay, expand your horizons at Weta Workshop, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find out how to plan a trip to Wellington, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Kaikoura to Wellington in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. May in Wellington sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

Christchurch

— 20 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Air Force Museum of New Zealand and Riccarton House & Bush. Explore hidden gems such as Port Hills and Pohatu penguins/Plunge NZ Ltd. Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Little River Gallery (in Little River), Cave Stream Scenic Reserve (in Castle Hill) and Akaroa (Hinewai Reserve, Kayaking & Canoeing, &more). On the 21st (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mt Hutt Ski Area. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral, walk around Orana Wildlife Park, make a trip to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, and see the interesting displays at Quake City.

Make your Christchurch itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Wellington in May, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — Jun 6:

Taupo

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): view the masterpieces at L'Arte and then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Tongariro National Trout Centre and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Taupo trip planner.

You can fly from Christchurch to Taupo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:

Rotorua

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Faith's Anglican Church. On your second day here, get interesting insight from Tours, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then contemplate the long history of Tamaki Maori Village.

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

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:

Waitomo Caves

— 3 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 11th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, then step off the mainland to explore Kapiti Island, and finally get great views at Cape Reinga Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then relax in the rural setting at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, and then get curious at Te Awamutu Space Centre.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves attractions planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 13:

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.