60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Drive:  5​h
1
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Te Anau
— 7 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Queenstown
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Paihia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Auckland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Hamilton
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Whakapapa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Taupo
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
11
Wellington
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
12
Christchurch
— 5 nights
End: Christchurch

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.
Step out of Fox Glacier to go to Franz Josef and see Roberts Point Track, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Mount Fox Route, contemplate the long history of River Walk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier tour itinerary planning website .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 31:
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Mount Fox Route ©
Mount Fox Route
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mt. Cook Village: Lake Tekapo (Lake Tekapo & The Church of the Good Shepherd). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, hike along Sealy Tarns Track, stroll through Governors Bush Walk, and fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mt. Cook Village day trip planning site .

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

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 4:
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

7
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 Bowen Falls in Milford Sound--about 1h 05 min away. On the 7th (Sat), hike the day away at Dusky Track. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, hike along Gertrude Saddle, and head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions.

Plan trip to Te Anau with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Bowen Falls
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 11:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Gertrude Saddle ©
Gertrude Saddle

7
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, enjoy some diversion at Break One Clay Target Shooting, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 18:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

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 Russell (Nancy Fladgate Track & Tapeka Point Track). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Paihia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 23:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas
Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Waiheke Island (Wine Tours & Tastings & Connells Bay Sculpture Park). There's much more to do: make a trip to Sky Tower, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, learn about winemaking at Foxes Island, and admire the landmark architecture of Alberton.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Waiheke Island
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 27:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

3
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: Rotorua (Lake Rotoiti, Lake Rotorua, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens and examine the collection at Waikato Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hamilton planner .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Hamilton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Lake Rotorua ©
Lake Rotorua

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 in the dramatic scenery at Marokopa Falls Walk, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, and stroll through Ruakuri Walk.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Otorohanga, Kapiti Island
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds

5
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Whakapapa is known for winter sports, nature, trails, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, explore the activities along Tama Lakes, stroll through Mead's Wall, and take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa trip itinerary planner.

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

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

7
nights
Taupo

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). There's much more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, walk around Huka Prawn Park, explore the activities along Whakaipo Bay, and grab your bike and head to Great Lake Trail.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Taupo itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 15:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Southward Car Museum (in Paraparaumu) and Marlborough Sounds (in Picton). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, and get outside with Bruce Bay.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Wellington driving holiday site .

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. October in Wellington sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Marlborough Sounds, Southward Car Museum, Tonga Island Marine Reserve, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 20:
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

5
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Change things up with these side-trips from Christchurch: Charles Upham VC Statue (in Amberley), Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre (in Hanmer Springs) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, have some family-friendly fun at Velocity Karts, and take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Wellington to Christchurch by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Christchurch, with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Ohinetahi Garden, Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre, Charles Upham VC Statue, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Little River Gallery
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre ©
Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

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