60 days in Mexico City, Barcelona & New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in Mexico City, Barcelona & New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in Mexico City, Barcelona & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
1
Mexico City, Mexico
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 7 nights
Fly:  30​h
3
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Wanaka, New Zealand
— 1 night
bus:  4​h
7
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  8​h 15​min
8
Wellington, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Taupo, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Whakapapa, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
12
Paihia, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
13
Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Mexico City, Mexico

5
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
When in Mexico City, make a side trip to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major airports are Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Querétaro Intercontinental Airport and General Francisco J. Mujica International Airport. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:
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Walking tours
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

7
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, stroll around Parc Guell, don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

To find reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Barcelona takes 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Mexico City to Barcelona. When traveling from Mexico City in January, plan for little chillier days in Barcelona, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 21:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

5
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, enjoy some diversion at Break One Clay Target Shooting, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown online tour itinerary builder .

You can fly from Barcelona to Queenstown in 30 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Barcelona to Queenstown, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 28:
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Break One ©
Break One
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

6
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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford to see Milford Foreshore Walk about 1h 15 min away. On the 2nd (Sun), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip itinerary builder app .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 3:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand

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: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, trek along Hooker Valley Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Glencoe Walk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village itinerary planning website .

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 6:
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

1
night
Wanaka, New Zealand

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
On the 7th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Aspiring National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Wanaka. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 7:
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

4
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.
Fox Glacier is known for nature, trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier, explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matheson Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Copland Track.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier driving holiday planner.

Getting from Wanaka to Fox Glacier by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Helicopter Tours

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wellington: Picton (Queen Charlotte Track & Marlborough Sounds). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, go for a walk through Hapuka Estuary Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Pinnacles Track, and take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fox Glacier to Wellington in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In February, daytime highs in Wellington are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Picton, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Catchpool Loop Walk, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track

6
nights
Taupo, New Zealand

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Rotorua (Lady Knox Geyser, Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, & more). Next up on the itinerary: push the limits with an extreme tour, make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Taupo itinerary planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Taupo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 21:
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, New Zealand

When in Whakapapa, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi, approximately 34 minutes away.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa holiday planner .

You can drive from Taupo to Whakapapa in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) 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 Feb 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

3
nights
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

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, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves tour builder website .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) 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 Feb 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Tapeka Point Track (in Russell) and Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Paihia travel tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

KeriKeri New Zealand, Bream Head Coast Walks, Tapeka Point Track
Find places to stay Feb 29 — Mar 5:
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Auckland: Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth) and Connells Bay Sculpture Park (in Waiheke Island). The adventure continues: make a trip to SkyTower, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, look for gifts at Pauanesia, and step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Connells Bay Sculpture Park, Tawharanui Regional Park
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum

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