58 days in New Zealand Itinerary

58 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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58 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  29​h
1
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Bus:  5​h 15​min
3
Dunedin
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 15​min
8
Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Taupo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
Paihia
— 8 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h
13
Akaroa
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
14
Milford Sound
— 2 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Tel Aviv

4
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Step out of the city life by going to Coronet Peak and The Remarkables Ski Area. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kiwi Birdlife Park and Zipline. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, view the masterpieces at Ivan Clarke Gallery, and don't miss a visit to St Peter's Anglican Church.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip maker .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Queenstown is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Zipline
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

5
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) and Te Anau Glowworm Caves. You'll explore and learn at Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound. On the 18th (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau, appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument, and get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

3
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.
Larnach Castle & Gardens and Toitu Otago Settlers Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Nugget Point/Tokata Walks and Otago Museum. Take a break from Dunedin with a short trip to Waikouaiti Beach in Waikouaiti, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Olveston Historic Home, hike along Tunnel Beach Track, make a trip to The Royal Albatross Centre, and take in the dramatic natural features at Otago Peninsula.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Dunedin road trip tool .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Dunedin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Iona Church, Waikouaiti Beach, Nugget Point/Tokata Walks
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:
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Waikouaiti Beach ©
Waikouaiti Beach
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Get outdoors at Hooker Valley Track and Sealy Tarns Track. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Aoraki/Mt. Cook and Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. Explore Mt. Cook Village's surroundings by going to New Zealand Alpine Lavender (in Twizel) and Lake Tekapo (Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo, & more).

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village trip planner.

Getting from Dunedin to Mt. Cook Village by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can 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, New Zealand Alpine Lavender
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gillespies Beach and River Walk. Museum-lovers will get to explore Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. Step out of Fox Glacier to go to Franz Josef and see Sentinel Rock Walk, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, hike along Minnehaha Walk, and explore the activities along Lake Matheson Walk.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fox Glacier trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

3
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 31st (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, then enjoy some diversion at Velocity Karts, and finally make a trip to Cardboard Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Christchurch Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Riccarton House & Bush, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch tour planner .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Christchurch in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In October in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tonga Island Marine Reserve and Queen Charlotte Track. We've included these beaches for you: Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa) and The Great War Exhibition. There's still lots to do: go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay, steep yourself in history at Kotuku School Memorial, and take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Wellington tour planner.

You can fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Christchurch in November since evenings lows in Wellington dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Tonga Island Marine Reserve, Kotuku School Memorial, Queen Charlotte Track
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track

5
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Te Porere Redoubt. Get outdoors at Horsemtrails and Tawhai Falls. Step out of Tongariro National Park to go to Waiouru and see National Army Museum, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. On the 10th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Ohakune Old Coach Road.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

National Army Museum
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

5
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Take a break from the city and head to Huka Falls Walkway and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Get some historical perspective at Kinloch Beach and Te Puia. Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Rotorua (Rainbow Springs Nature Park, Lady Knox Geyser, & more) and Waimangu Volcanic Valley (in Waimangu). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, cast your line with a fishing tour, see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Tukairangi Gallery.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read Taupo trip planner .

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, get curious at Te Awamutu Space Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Ruakuri Walk, then Head underground at Caveworld, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally admire all the interesting features of Roselands Farm Park.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves road trip planning site .

You can drive from Taupo to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Te Awamutu Space Centre, Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Howick Historical Village, look for all kinds of wild species at Muriwai Gannet Colony, and then kick back and relax at Piha Beach.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Auckland are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Piha Beach, Muriwai Gannet Colony
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 19:
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Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony

8
nights
Paihia

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery. Get a sense of the local culture at The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station and Rewa's Village. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Kiwi North - Kiwi House, Museum & Heritage Park (in Whangarei), Ocean Beach (in Whangarei Heads) and Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve Walk (in Hikurangi). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, see the interesting displays at The Northland Firehouse Museum Trust, and kick back and relax at The Strand Beach.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Paihia trip planner .

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Kawakawa, Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve Walk, Ocean Beach
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 27:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Akaroa

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.
On the 28th (Thu), take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the exciting artwork at The Giant's House, then view the masterpieces at Lava gallery, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic St. Patrick's Akaroa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Peter's Anglican Church, take an in-depth tour of Akaroa Museum, then do a tasting at French Peak Wines, and finally paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Akaroa trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Paihia to Akaroa takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Akaroa

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Swim with Dolphins
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Milford Sound

Milford Sound ©
Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): stroll through Routeburn Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, admire the sheer force of Bowen Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Milford sound Hwy, and finally trek along Lake Marian Track.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Milford Sound trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Akaroa to Milford Sound takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track
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Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track
Lake Marian Track ©
Lake Marian Track
Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy

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