60 days in Japan, Maui & New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in Japan, Maui & New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in Japan, Maui & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Fly + train:  15​h 15​min
1
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
3
Lahaina, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
4
Auckland, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Paihia, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Taupo, New Zealand
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Wellington, New Zealand
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h 15​min
8
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 7 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
10
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Kuwait City, Kuwait

5
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Gion, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour itinerary maker .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Kyoto is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 6 hours. Traveling from Kuwait City in March, you will find days in Kyoto are cooler (16°C), and nights are little chillier (5°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Himeji Castle, Todai-ji Temple
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion

6
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Odaiba and Sensō-ji. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hase-dera Temple, & more) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Akihabara, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, shop like a local with Takeshita Street, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

5
nights
Lahaina, United States

Lahaina ©
Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lahaina Front Street and Wo Hing Temple Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia), Wailea (Makena Beach & Wailea Beach) and Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery (in Kula). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach, don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, tour the pleasant surroundings at Napili Beach, and cruise along Hana Highway - Road to Hana.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lahaina trip maker .

Fly from Tokyo to Lahaina in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 19 hours traveling from Tokyo to Lahaina. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect nights in Lahaina to be warmer, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kapalua, Wailea, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Maui Ocean Center, Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery
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Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Kapalua Beach ©
Kapalua Beach

5
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Auckland War Memorial Museum and Te Whau Vineyard are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Auckland: Oneroa Beach (in Waiheke Island), Onetangi (Obsidian Vineyard & Stonyridge Vineyard) and Mudbrick Vineyard (in Oneroa). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheltenham Beach, do a tasting at Villa Maria Auckland Winery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Anawhata.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Auckland takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 22 hours. When traveling from Lahaina in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Auckland Region, Westbrook Winery, Mangawhai Beach, Villa Maria Auckland Winery
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 25:
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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Stonyridge Vineyard ©
Stonyridge Vineyard

5
nights
Paihia, New Zealand

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Russell (Omata Estate & Paroa Bay Winery), Ocean Beach (in Whangarei Heads) and Town Basin (in Whangarei). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and don't miss a visit to KeriKeri New Zealand.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Paihia day trip planner .

Drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Town Basin, Ocean Beach, Kauri Cliffs
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 30:
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Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery

7
nights
Taupo, New Zealand

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Taranaki Falls. Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Rotorua (Volcanic Hills Winery, Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, & more). On the 6th (Mon), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, engage your brain at Volcanic Activity Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Huka Falls Walkway, and tee off at 9 Hole Golf Course.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Paihia to Taupo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 6:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

6
nights
Wellington, New Zealand

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Southward Car Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Wellington: Picton (Queen Charlotte Track & Marlborough Sounds), Gladstone Vineyard (in Carterton) and Kereru Brewing Company (in Upper Hutt). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Poppies Martinborough, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, and steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Wellington online journey planner .

You can fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April, daytime highs in Wellington are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Picton, Martinborough, Pataka Art + Museum, Gladstone Vineyard, Southward Car Museum
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 12:
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

3
nights
Fox Glacier, New Zealand

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 Monro Beach in Lake Moeraki (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, hike along Minnehaha Walk, and stroll through Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier trip 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 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Hooker Valley Track, Monro Beach
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 16:
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Monro Beach ©
Monro Beach
Spas

7
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get some cultural insight at Peregrine Wines and Gibbston Valley Wines. Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Cardrona Distillery (in Cardrona) and Wanaka (Rippon Vineyard & Mount Aspiring National Park). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, do a tasting at Odyssey New Zealand, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and play a few rounds at Queenstown Golf Club.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planner .

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Wanaka, Cardrona Distillery
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 23:
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Queenstown Golf Club ©
Queenstown Golf Club
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Spas

5
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

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.
On the 26th (Sun), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, see the interesting displays at Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip builder tool .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 28:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum ©
Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum
Te Anau Golf Club ©
Te Anau Golf Club

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