59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Christchurch
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Te Anau
— 6 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Fox Glacier
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
6
Abel Tasman National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Wellington
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Taupo
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Whakapapa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
11
Paihia
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
Auckland
— 6 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Akaroa (The Garden at French Farm, Kayaking & Canoeing, & more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, get to know the resident critters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch driving holiday planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Christchurch is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Christchurch is 10 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in Christchurch reach 24°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Transportation

Side Trips

Akaroa, Little River Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Get out of town with these interesting Mt. Cook Village side-trips: Lake Tekapo (in Lake Tekapo) and Gem Alpaca Stud (in Fairlie). And it doesn't end there: trek along Hooker Valley Track, fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman, contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Glencoe Walk.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Christchurch to Mt. Cook Village in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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

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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, about 1h 15 min away. On the 25th (Wed), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, trek along Kepler Track, explore the activities along Milford Sound, and stroll through Lake Gunn.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 26:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford 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.
When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Lake Wanaka in Wanaka, approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, push the limits with an extreme tour, enjoy some diversion at Break One, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown online vacation planner .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Lake Wanaka
Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 1:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Zipline

5
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Change things up with a short trip to Roberts Point Track in Franz Josef (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Franz Josef Glacier, trek along Copland Track, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Fox Glacier route planner .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Fox Glacier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

1
night
Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park ©
Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Wainui Falls Track and then trek along Abel Tasman Coast Track. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), do a tasting at Neudorf Vineyards, and then kick back and relax at Kaiteriteri Beach.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Abel Tasman National Park driving holiday planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fox Glacier to Abel Tasman National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), Kaiteriteri Beach, Neudorf Vineyards
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Wainui Falls Track ©
Wainui Falls Track
Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs) ©

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.
Explore Wellington's surroundings by going to Picton (Marlborough Sounds & Queen Charlotte Track). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and take some stellar pictures from Wainui Lookout.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip itinerary maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Wellington. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Picton, Lower Hutt, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds

6
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Lady Knox Geyser, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, have fun at Clay Break Taupo, and get in on the family fun at Mind Junction.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo tour itinerary app .

You can fly from Wellington to Taupo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

5
nights
Whakapapa

Take a break from Whakapapa with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi, about 34 minutes away.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Whakapapa route maker site .

You can drive from Taupo to Whakapapa in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

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: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, and admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves route builder .

Drive from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aranui Cave, Kapiti Island
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Whangarei (Adventure Forest, Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve, & more) and Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Tapeka Point Track). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia day trip tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Whangarei, Russell, Hongi Hika Walk
Find places to stay Jan 26 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Step out of Auckland with an excursion to Tawharanui Regional Park in Warkworth--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to SkyTower, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, and get impressive views of Rangitoto Island.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Auckland online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cheltenham Beach, Takapuna Beach Playground, Tawharanui Regional Park
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park

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