60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  28​h
1
Paihia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Auckland
— 5 nights
3
Hamilton
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Taupo
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Wellington
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Christchurch
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
10
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
11
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
12
Te Anau
— 6 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
13
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Tel Aviv

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sea Shuttle Bay of Islands. Change things up with these side-trips from Paihia: Pompallier Mission and Printery (in Russell) and Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, find something for the whole family at Action World, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Paihia online trip itinerary maker .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Paihia is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Paihia, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, Kings Theatre Creative, Pompallier Mission and Printery, Bream Head Coast Walks
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Sea Shuttle Bay of Islands ©
Sea Shuttle Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds

5
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.
Change things up with a short trip to The Lost Spring in Whitianga (about 1h 50 min away). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Sky Tower, contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Auckland trip planner .

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 February, daytime highs in Auckland are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

The Lost Spring, Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens, make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): examine the collection at Waikato Museum, head outdoors with Raglan Rock, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hamilton route planning app .

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 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Outdoors Spas

Side Trips

Raglan, Hobbiton Movie Set, Helicopter Tours
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Raglan Rock ©
Raglan Rock

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi) and Rotorua (Te Puia, Zipline, & more). The adventure continues: push the limits with an extreme tour, don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and engage your brain at Volcanic Activity Centre.

Plan a trip to Taupo easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Drive from Hamilton to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Rotorua, River Rafting & Tubing
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

5
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, winter sports, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, grab your bike and head to Ohakune Old Coach Road, and go from sight to sight with Tongariro Crossing Shuttles.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip planner .

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

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, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, admire all the interesting features of Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, and hike along Ruakuri Walk.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves tour planner .

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Otorohanga, Kapiti Island
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 27:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

1
night
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 28th (Fri), engage your brain at Puke Ariki, then go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, then view the masterpieces at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, and finally get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our New Plymouth trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to New Plymouth by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Feb 27 — 28:
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Puke Ariki ©
Puke Ariki
Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Wellington: Picton (Queen Charlotte Track & Marlborough Sounds) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Blenheim). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

Find out how to plan Wellington trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can fly from New Plymouth to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Wellington are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Picton, Catchpool Loop Walk, Wine Tours & Tastings, Hapuka Estuary Walk, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 4:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

5
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Venture out of the city with trips to Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Akaroa (Kayaking & Canoeing, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, do a tasting at Pegasus Bay Winery, steep yourself in history at Mona Vale, and examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in March, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Christchurch. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Akaroa, Little River Gallery, Ohinetahi Garden
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 9:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

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.
Fox Glacier is known for nature, trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier, hike along Moraine Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier travel route website .

Getting from Christchurch to Fox Glacier by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) 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 Mar 9 — 13:
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
When in Mt. Cook Village, make a side trip to see Lake Tekapo in Lake Tekapo, approximately 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: hike along Hooker Valley Track, see the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Glencoe Walk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks.

Plan a trip to Mt. Cook Village easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village takes 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough 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 Mar 13 — 17:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Te Anau side-trips: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Pops View Look Out (in Milford Sound). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, stroll through The Chasm Walk, hike along Kepler Track, and look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Pops View Look Out, Routeburn Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 23:
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Mount Aspiring National Park in Wanaka (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy some diversion at Break One Clay Target Shooting, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown online trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Mount Aspiring National Park
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 29:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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