60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
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Wanaka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dunedin
— 4 nights
Fly
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Christchurch
— 5 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 11 nights
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 7 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Auckland
— 9 nights
Fly
11
Paihia
— 3 nights
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glenorchy-Queenstown Road and Queenstown Hill. Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Ben Lomond Track. Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Little Paradise Dream Garden (in Mount Creighton), Old School Gallery (in Cardrona) and Highlands - Experience the Exceptional (in Cromwell). On the 3rd (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Otago Central Rail Trail, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, pause for some photo ops at William Gilbert Rees Statue, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

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

Cape Town, South Africa to Queenstown is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Queenstown is 10 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Wanaka.
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Wanaka — 5 nights

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Lake Wanaka and Mount Iron Track. Step out of the city life by going to Roys Peak Track and Blue Pools Track. Step out of Wanaka to go to Haast and see Gates of Haast, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, explore the activities along Wanaka, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

Plan my day in Wanaka using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.
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Te Anau — 3 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 Te Anau Glowworm Caves and Kepler Track will get you outdoors. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lake Te Anau and Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Nature & Wildlife Tours in Bluff, approximately Bluff away.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Te Anau road trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wanaka to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dunedin.
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Dunedin — 4 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.
Visiting Otago Peninsula and Bushy Beach Track will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and Tunnel Beach Track. Explore Dunedin's surroundings by going to Oamaru (Steampunk HQ & Moeraki Boulders Beach). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Otago Peninsula Fallen Solders' Memorial, don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street, and explore and take pictures at The Royal Albatross Centre.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dunedin route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Dunedin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can fly to Christchurch.
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Christchurch — 5 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sumner Beach (Cave Rock). Explore hidden gems such as Canterbury Museum and Air Force Museum of New Zealand. Take a break from Christchurch with a short trip to The Giants House in Akaroa, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch attractions planner.

You can fly from Dunedin to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Wellington.
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Wellington — 11 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.
Kids will enjoy Wellington Museum and Staglands Wildlife Reserve. Step out of the city life by going to Oriental Bay and Kau Bay. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, pause for some photo ops at National War Memorial, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Wellington, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Taupo.
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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.
On the 6th (Thu), explore the activities along Lake Taupo, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by Huka Honey Hive, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Taupo online visit planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Taupo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.
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Rotorua — 7 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village and Government Gardens. Bring the kids along to Mount Maunganui Summit Track and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Mount Maunganui (Mt Maunganui Main Beach, Mount Maunganui Base Track, &more) and Ohope Beach (in Whakatane). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, hike along Blue Lake Track, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Rotorua.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua online holiday maker.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.
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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.
On the 15th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Statue of shearer, then get a dose of the wild on Spellbound, and then trek along Ruakuri Walk. On the next day, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, then take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves road trip app.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.
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Auckland — 9 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Rangitoto Island and Muriwai Gannet Colony. Explore hidden gems such as Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre and Piha Beach. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stroll around Cornwall Park, contemplate the geological forces at One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie), and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Auckland trip planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Auckland by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Paihia.
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Paihia — 3 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 Whangarei Falls and Paihia Harbour. Take a break from the city and head to Swim with Dolphins and Kawiti Caves. When in Paihia, make a side trip to see Whangarei Quarry Gardens in Whangarei, approximately Whangarei away. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, steep yourself in history at The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, and don't miss a visit to Kawakawa Public Toilets by Hundertwasser.

Before you visit Paihia, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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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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