58 days in New Zealand Itinerary

58 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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58 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + bus:  21​h 30​min
1
Hamilton
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Taupo
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Tongariro National Park
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Wellington
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h 15​min
6
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Te Anau
— 6 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
9
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Paihia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Auckland
— 6 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hamilton: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera), Helicopter Tours (in Rotorua) and Leveret Estate Winery and Cellar Door (in Katikati). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of White Island Volcano, head outdoors with Raglan Rock, hike along Mount Maunganui Summit Track, and stroll through Mt Maunganui Main Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Hamilton trip itinerary maker site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Hamilton is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Johannesburg to Hamilton, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Helicopter Tours, Leveret Estate Winery and Cellar Door, Whakaari White Island Volcano, Raglan Rock
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 9:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Whakaari White Island Volcano ©
Whakaari White Island Volcano
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach

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.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, step off the mainland to explore Kapiti Island, admire the sheer force of Marokopa Falls Walk, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip planner .

Getting from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kapiti Island, Aranui Cave, The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Marakopa Falls ©
Marakopa Falls
River Rafting & Tubing

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rotorua (Volcanic Hills Winery, Te Puia, & more). The adventure continues: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo day trip planner .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 18:
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Thermal Spas

6
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Take a break from Tongariro National Park with a short trip to Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial in Ohakune, about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, trek along Silica Rapids Track, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Horsemtrails.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park sightseeing planning app .

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 24:
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Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes
Silica Rapids Track ©
Silica Rapids Track
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

5
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 out of town with these interesting Wellington side-trips: Picton (Marlborough Sounds & Queen Charlotte Track), Blenheim (Beer Tastings & Tours & Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre) and Framingham Wines (in Renwick). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, go for a walk through Hapuka Estuary Walk, and get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Wellington trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daytime highs in Wellington are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Picton, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Blenheim, Framingham Wines, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 29:
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds

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.
Go for a jaunt from Fox Glacier to Franz Josef to see Roberts Point Track about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Copland Track, hike along Moraine Walk, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Fox Glacier planner .

Getting from Wellington to Fox Glacier by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 4:
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Mt. Cook Village is known for childrens museums, wildlife, outdoors, trails, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hooker Valley Track, hike along Sealy Tarns Track, look and learn at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, and head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

Planning Mt. Cook Village trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village takes 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 8:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track
Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks ©

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 Te Anau with an excursion to Pops View Look Out in Milford Sound--about 56 minutes away. On the 14th (Mon), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, trek along Kepler Track, and look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound.

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

Explore your travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Pops View Look Out
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 14:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

6
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Mount Aspiring National Park in Wanaka (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronet Peak, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mount Aspiring National Park
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 20:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Spas

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi) and Russell (Oneroa Bay & Pompallier Mission and Printery). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, step off the mainland to explore Urupukapuka Island, admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paihia trip planner .

You can fly from Queenstown to Paihia in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri, Tane Mahuta Walk
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 25:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Lost Spring (in Whitianga) and Cathedral Cove Walk (in Hahei). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, enjoy some music at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. October in Auckland sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cheltenham Beach, Cathedral Cove Walk, The Lost Spring
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 31:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
The Lost Spring ©
The Lost Spring
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk

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