59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 20 nights
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
3
Te Anau
— 2 nights
4
Dunedin
— 2 nights
5
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
6
Wellington
— 2 nights
7
Christchurch
— 20 nights
8
Taupo
— 2 nights
9
Rotorua
— 2 nights
10
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights

20
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
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 Parnell will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre and Tawharanui Regional Park will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Whitianga (Fun Zone Adventure & Family Park & Mercury Bay Museum Whitianga), Orewa Beach (in Orewa) and The Waterworks (in Coromandel). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bethells Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and identify plant and animal life at Goat Island Marine Reserve.

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

Singapore, Singapore to Auckland is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Singapore to Auckland. Traveling from Singapore in April, you will find days in Auckland are cooler (22°C), and nights are a bit cooler (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Whitianga, Warkworth, Whangapoua, Otama Beach, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail
Find places to stay Apr 17 — May 7:
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Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park
Bethells Beach ©
Bethells Beach

2
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.
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 · Nature

Side Trip

Arrowtown
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery ©
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery

2
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.
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
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:
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The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

2
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.
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.

Plan my trip to Dunedin with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

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

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Port Chalmers Maritime Museum
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Aramoana Beach ©
Aramoana Beach
First Church of Otago ©
First Church of Otago
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
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 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony
Fyffe House ©
Fyffe House
Art & Design Gallery ©
Art & Design Gallery

2
nights
Wellington

Wellington
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 fly from Kaikoura to Wellington in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train 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 · Parks

Side Trip

Southward Car Museum
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Bolton Street Cemetery ©
Bolton Street Cemetery
Southward Car Museum ©
Southward Car Museum

20
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
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 Quake City. Explore hidden gems such as Port Hills and Sumner Beach (Cave Rock). Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Akaroa (Hinewai Reserve, Kayaking & Canoeing, &more), Cave Stream Scenic Reserve (in Castle Hill) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). On the 21st (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mt Hutt Ski Area. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush, go for a walk through Banks Peninsula, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Mona Vale.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip maker app.

You can fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Christchurch. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Akaroa, South Island, The Golf Course at Terrace Downs Resort, Cave Stream Scenic Reserve, Waipara Hills
Find places to stay May 17 — Jun 6:
Highlights from your plan
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Quake City ©
Quake City
Air Force Museum of New Zealand ©
Air Force Museum of New Zealand

2
nights
Taupo

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 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. 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

Side Trip

Turangi
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
L'Arte ©
L'Arte

2
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.
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 · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre ©
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre
St. Faith's Anglican Church ©
St. Faith's Anglican Church

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.
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

Side Trips

Kapiti Island, Cape Reinga Lighthouse, Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, Te Awamutu Space Centre
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Te Awamutu Space Centre ©
Te Awamutu Space Centre

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