59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand Trip Planner
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Auckland
— 20 nights
Fly
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Train to Blenheim, Fly 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
Bus to Auckland, Fly to Singapore

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Auckland — 20 nights

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.
Howick Historical Village and Parnell 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 (Combat & Fun Zone Adventure & Family Park & Mercury Bay Museum), The Waterworks (in Coromandel) and Orewa Beach (in Orewa). On the 28th (Fri), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Muriwai Gannet Colony, contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island, don't miss a visit to SkyTower, and brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum.

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-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 fly to Queenstown.
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Queenstown — 2 nights

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 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 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.
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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 travel to Dunedin.
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Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Dunedin — 2 nights

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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The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Dunedin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kaikoura.
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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.
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Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

Wellington — 2 nights

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: enjoy the sand and surf at Scorching Bay, pick up some new knowledge with Weta Workshop, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Wellington trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kaikoura to Wellington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Christchurch.
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Christchurch — 20 nights

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 Port Hills and Air Force Museum of New Zealand. Explore hidden gems such as International Antarctic Centre and Cardboard Cathedral. Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Cave Stream Scenic Reserve (in Castle Hill), Akaroa (Hinewai Reserve, Kayaking & Canoeing, &more) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). On the 21st (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mt Hutt Ski Area. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), stroll around Orana Wildlife Park, take in the pleasant sights at Banks Peninsula, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Wellington in May, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Taupo.
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Find places to stay May 17 — Jun 6:

Taupo — 2 nights

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 4.5 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.
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Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:

Rotorua — 2 nights

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 gain a rich perspective with Te Pa Tu.

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.
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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.
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Find places to stay Jun 10 — 13:

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
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.
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