60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
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Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
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Te Anau
— 7 nights
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Queenstown
— 7 nights
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Paihia
— 5 nights
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Auckland
— 4 nights
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Hamilton
— 3 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
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Whakapapa
— 5 nights
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Taupo
— 7 nights
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Wellington
— 5 nights
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Christchurch
— 5 nights

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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fox Glacier: Franz Josef (Roberts Point Track & Franz Josef Glacier). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, hike along Minnehaha Walk, stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and steep yourself in history at River Walk.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier trip planner.

Christchurch to Fox Glacier is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

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Hiking Trail
Mount Fox Route
4.7
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World heritage site
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
3.6
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World heritage site
Franz Josef Glacier
4.5

4
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Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mt. Cook Village: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Hooker Valley Track, Sealy Tarns Track, &more) and Lake Tekapo (Lake Tekapo & The Church of the Good Shepherd). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman, trek along Governors Bush Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mueller Hut Route, and get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Must see
Ski The Tasman
5.0
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Outdoor Activity
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
4.9
Water Body
Lake Tekapo
4.7

7
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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 Bowen Falls in Milford Sound--about 1h 5 min away. On the 7th (Sat), hike the day away at Dusky Track. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along Lake Gunn, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, and see the interesting displays at Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum.

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Explore your travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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Water Body
Milford Sound
4.8
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Water Body
Lake Te Anau
4.6
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Helicopter Tour
Helicopter Tours
4.8

7
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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area, fly down the slopes at Coronet Peak, and learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown tour planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours
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Mountain
Coronet Peak
4.3

5
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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 find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Russell (Nancy Fladgate Track & Tapeka Point Track). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church, and look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

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You can fly from Queenstown to Paihia in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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Historic Site
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
4.6
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Architectural Building
St Paul's Anglican Church
4.5
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Spa
Spas
4.8

4
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Auckland

Auckland ©

City of Sails

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Waiheke Island (Wine Tours & Tastings & Connells Bay Sculpture Park). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Auckland are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

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Must see
SkyTower
4.4
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Military Museum
Auckland Museum
4.6

3
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Hamilton

Hamilton ©

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hamilton: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Rotorua (Lake Rotoiti, Lake Rotorua, &more). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens and see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hamilton trip planner.

Getting from Auckland to Hamilton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Nature · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:
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Water Body
Lake Rotorua
4.4

3
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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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, relax in the rural setting at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves road trip planning website.

Getting from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.6
Cave
Ruakuri Cave
4.6

5
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Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whakapapa: Tongariro National Park (Mangawhero Falls, Horsemtrails, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, stroll through Silica Rapids Track, and go for a walk through Mead's Wall.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Whakapapa trip itinerary website.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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Volcano
Mount Ruapehu
4.5
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Hiking Trail
Horsemtrails
5.0

7
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Taupo

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taupo: Rotorua (Lady Knox Geyser, Te Puia, &more). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, get to know the fascinating history of Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve, and stroll through Great Lake Trail.

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You can drive from Whakapapa to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

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Must see
Zipline
4.7
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Hot Spring
Te Puia
4.4
Waterfall
Huka Falls Walkway
4.7

5
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Wellington

Wellington

Harbour Capital

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Southward Car Museum (in Paraparaumu), Tonga Island Marine Reserve (in Abel Tasman National Park) and Marlborough Sounds (in Picton). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and get outside with Bruce Bay.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Wellington trip maker tool.

Getting from Taupo to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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5
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Christchurch

Christchurch ©

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Little River Gallery (in Little River), Charles Upham VC Statue (in Amberley) and Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre (in Hanmer Springs). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, enjoy some diversion at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and look and learn at Geraldine Observatory.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Christchurch road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Wellington in October since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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