57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  29​h
1
Queenstown
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Te Anau
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  8​h 15​min
5
Wellington
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
6
Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Auckland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Whangarei
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Paihia
— 8 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Tel Aviv

5
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.
Get outdoors at Coronet Peak and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Step out of Queenstown to go to Wanaka and see Mount Aspiring National Park, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at The Remarkables Ski Area, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, play a few rounds at Queenstown Golf Club, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown route maker .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Queenstown is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Queenstown is 10 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mount Aspiring National Park
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 10:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Milford Sound and Kepler Track. Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford--about 1h 15 min away. On the 14th (Mon), hike the day away at Dusky Track. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, trek along Gertrude Saddle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Marian Track, and identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Te Anau route planning website .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 16:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Step out of the city life by going to Hooker Valley Track and Sealy Tarns Track. Go for a jaunt from Mt. Cook Village to Lake Tekapo to see Lake Tekapo about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, trek along Governors Bush Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Tarns Track, and contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

4
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Escape the urban bustle at Fox Glacier and Mount Fox Route. Go for a jaunt from Fox Glacier to Franz Josef to see Roberts Point Track about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, trek along Minnehaha Walk, stroll through Peters Pool Walk, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier trip planner.

Drive from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Mount Fox Route ©
Mount Fox Route

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Tonga Island Marine Reserve and ZEALANDIA Sanctuary. Go for a jaunt from Wellington to Picton to see Queen Charlotte Track about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, go for a walk through Hapuka Estuary Walk, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and get outside with Bruce Bay.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Wellington by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Queen Charlotte Track, Wellington Botanic Garden, Tonga Island Marine Reserve
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 29:
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Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Tonga Island Marine Reserve ©
Tonga Island Marine Reserve

5
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Visiting Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Rotopounamu Track will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial in Ohakune (about 58 minutes away). There's much more to do: trek along Horsemtrails, stroll through Whakapapa Nature Walk, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt, and admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 3:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

6
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Huka Falls Walkway and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool (in Wai-O-Tapu) and Taupo (Helicopter Tours, Great Lake Trail, & more). And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, trek along Lake Okareka Walkway, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua journey planner .

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Taupo, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 9:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Waitomo Glowworm Caves and River Rafting & Tubing. Get out of town with these interesting Waitomo Caves side-trips: Raglan Rock (in Raglan) and Yarndley's Bush (in Te Awamutu). There's lots more to do: stroll through Ruakuri Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, and hike along Piripiri Cave Walk.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Raglan Rock, Yarndley's Bush, Kapiti Island
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:
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Raglan Rock ©
Raglan Rock
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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.
Visiting Tawharanui Regional Park and Mount Eden will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach) and Cathedral Cove Walk (in Hahei). There's much more to do: make a trip to Sky Tower, contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and stroll through Cheltenham Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. November in Auckland sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Whangarei.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cheltenham Beach, Tawharanui Regional Park, Muriwai Gannet Colony, Cathedral Cove Walk
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 16:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk

3
nights
Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Take a break from the city and head to Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve and Bream Head Coast Walks. Change things up with these side-trips from Whangarei: Mangawhai (Mangawhai Walkway & Fishing Charters & Tours), Tutukaka Headland (in Tutukaka) and Ocean Beach (in Whangarei Heads). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Whangarei day trip planner .

You can drive from Auckland to Whangarei in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Whangarei

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mangawhai, Ocean Beach, Tutukaka Headland
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve ©
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach

8
nights
Paihia

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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Opua Forest Lookout Track. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Aroha Island Ecological Centre (in Kerikeri), Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Russell). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, tee off at Waitangi Golf Club, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Paihia road trip website .

You can drive from Whangarei to Paihia in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Taupo Bay Beach, Tane Mahuta Walk, Waitangi Mountain Bike Park
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 27:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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