60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand journey builder
Make it your trip
Drive
1
Whitianga
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive
3
Hastings
— 5 nights
Fly
4
Wellington
— 5 nights
Fly
5
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Drive
6
Invercargill
— 6 nights
Drive
7
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Drive
8
Dunedin
— 6 nights
Fly
9
Hokitika
— 4 nights
Fly
10
Akaroa
— 2 nights
Bus to Christchurch, Fly to Paihia
11
Paihia
— 4 nights
Drive
12
Kaitaia
— 4 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5

Whitianga — 5 nights

Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Get outdoors at Whangamata Beach and The Dunes Golf Resort. Head to The Coromandel Smoking Co. and Bread & Butter Galleryfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Whitianga: Opoutere Surf Beach (in Opoutere), Hahei Beach Walk (in Hahei) and Hot Water Beach (in Hot Water Beach). Next up on the itinerary: boost your wellbeing at The Lost Spring, kick back and relax at Whangapoua Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Opito Bay Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Stu's Wild Pig Farm.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Whitianga trip tool.

Auckland to Whitianga is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in September, you will find days in Whitianga are a bit warmer (19°C), and nights are slightly colder (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Rotorua.
more
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 6:

Rotorua — 6 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Buried Village of Te Wairoa and Government Gardens. Step off the beaten path and head to Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave and Volcanic Hills Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Craters of the Moon). There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Rotorua trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Whitianga to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. September in Rotorua sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hastings.
more
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 12:

Hastings — 5 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. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Birdwoods Gallery and Artmosphere Gallery. Get some cultural insight at Wine Tours & Tastings and Beach House Wines. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hastings: Central Hawke's Bay Museum (in Waipawa), Junction Wines (in Napier) and New Zealand Natural Clothing (in Norsewood). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Kidnappers, do a tasting at Mission Estate Winery, join in the after-dark buzz at Te Mata Figs, and take some stellar pictures from Bluff Hill Lookout.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Hastings fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Hastings takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Wellington.
more
Parks · Wineries · Shopping · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 17:

Wellington — 5 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Oriental Bay and Whites Bay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old St Paul's and Beer Tastings & Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Wellington: Tonga Island Marine Reserve (in Abel Tasman National Park), Huia (in Rapaura) and Saint Mary's Church (in Gisborne). On the 21st (Wed), hike the day away at Queen Charlotte Track. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, learn something new at Weta Workshop, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Wellington road trip planning site.

You can fly from Hastings to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. September in Wellington sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Queenstown.
more
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 22:

Queenstown — 6 nights

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Let the collections at Silver Fern Gallery and Artbay Gallery capture your imagination. For shopping fun, head to Vesta Design Boutique or The Arrowtown Jade & Opal Factory. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Glenorchy-Queenstown Road (in Mount Creighton) and Misha's Vineyard Tasting Room (in Cromwell). On the 24th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at The Remarkables Ski Area, get your game on at Dark Ride, explore the landscape on two wheels at Otago Central Rail Trail, and steep yourself in history at One Mile Power House.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown travel planning app.

Fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Invercargill.
more
Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 28:

Invercargill — 6 nights

Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Otautau Gallery and Anderson Park Art Gallery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Waipapa Point Lighthouse and First Presbyterian Church. Get out of town with these interesting Invercargill side-trips: Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre (in Curio Bay) and Riverton (Te Hikoi Museum and Information Centre, Howells Point Reserve, &more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Pauls Presbyterian Church, explore the world behind art at Southland Museum and Art Gallery, and laugh and play at Splash Palace.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Invercargill online vacation planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Invercargill in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Te Anau.
more
Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 4:

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.
Visiting Lake Te Anau and Milford Sound will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Doubtful Sound and The Chasm Walk. On the 9th (Sun), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Ivan Wilson Park and take in the pleasant sights at Punanga Manu o Te Anau.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Invercargill to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Dunedin.
more
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 9:

Dunedin — 6 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.
Waikouaiti Beach and Nugget Point/Tokata Walks will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at Hampden Stores and Happy Hens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dunedin: Shag Point Nature Reserve (in Palmerston) and Moeraki Boulders Beach (in Oamaru). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Penguin Place, tour the pleasant surroundings at Karitane Beach, stop by Rata Jewellery, and hike along Tunnel Beach Track.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dunedin journey tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Dunedin. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Hokitika.
more
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 15:

Hokitika — 4 nights

Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Let the collections at Wilderness Gallery and Bonz 'N Stonz Carving Studio capture your imagination. For shopping fun, head to Hokitika Glass Studio or William Steyn Stonepainter. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hokitika: Greymouth (Nimmo Gallery + Store & Shades Of Jade) and Truman Track (in Punakaiki). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hokitika Gorge Walk, look for gifts at Garth Wilson Jade, enjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach, and view the masterpieces at Hokitika Craft Gallery.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hokitika road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Dunedin to Hokitika takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to fly to Akaroa.
more
Shopping · Outdoors · Parks · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:

Akaroa — 2 nights

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): stop by Pot Pourri, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Peter's Anglican Church, take in nature's colorful creations at The Giants House, stop by Fire & Ice - Gemstone Jewellery Specialists, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic St. Patrick's Akaroa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, view the masterpieces at Lava, then look for gifts at Blue Pearls Gallery, and finally go for a walk through Banks Peninsula.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Akaroa journey planner.

You can fly from Hokitika to Akaroa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Akaroa are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Paihia.
more
Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Adventure
Side Trip
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

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 discover tucked-away gems like Christ Church and Swim with Dolphins. Step out of the city life by going to Paihia Harbour and The Parrot Place. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Te Waimate Mission (in Waimate North), Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery, Tapeka Point Track, &more) and The Gallery & Cafe Helena Bay Hill (in Whananaki). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, view the masterpieces at Masterpieces Art Gallery, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, and relax in the rural setting at Blue River Orchard.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia online vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Akaroa to Paihia takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kaitaia.
more
Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 26:

Kaitaia — 4 nights

Kaitaia is a town in the Far North District of New Zealand, at the base of the Aupouri Peninsula, about 160 km northwest of Whangarei. Get outdoors at Ninety Mile Beach and Rarawa Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Taute Gallery and Village Arts Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Kaitaia side-trips: Opononi (Tane Mahuta Walk & Koutu Boulders), Mangonui (Coopers Beach & Exhibit A Gallery) and Waipoua Forest (in Waipoua Forest). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Te Ahu Heritage, stroll through Tapotupotu Beach, stop by Kotare Krafts, and kick back and relax at Taipa Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kaitaia day trip planning app.

Getting from Paihia to Kaitaia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.
more
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
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.
more