60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  19​h
1
Auckland
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Paihia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Queenstown
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Te Anau
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Christchurch
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Wellington
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
9
Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Taupo
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
12
Hamilton
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Calgary

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.
Go for a jaunt from Auckland to Whitianga to see The Lost Spring about 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, and enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland itinerary planner.

Calgary, Canada to Auckland is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 19 hours traveling from Calgary to Auckland. Traveling from Calgary in November, things will get much hotter in Auckland: highs are around 20°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

The Lost Spring, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 7:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
Take a break from Paihia with a short trip to Bream Head Coast Walks in Whangarei, about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip planner .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tapeka Point Track, KeriKeri New Zealand, Bream Head Coast Walks, Kings Theatre Creative
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 12:
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

5
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: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, race across the water with a speed boat tour, hit the slopes at Coronet Peak, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown tour website .

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Queenstown takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 17:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

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.
Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Pops View Look Out (in Milford Sound). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hollyford Track, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, and hike along The Chasm Walk.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

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 Nov 17 — 23:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Step out of Mt. Cook Village with an excursion to Lake Tekapo in Lake Tekapo--about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, hike along Hooker Valley Track, stroll through Ski The Tasman, and contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village travel route planning app .

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.

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 Nov 23 — 27:
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

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 Mount Fox Route, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matheson Walk, and stroll through Moraine Walk.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Fox Glacier trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 1:
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

5
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: Akaroa (The Garden at French Farm, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). There's lots more to do: walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and explore the world behind art at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu).

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Christchurch online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Christchurch takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. December in Christchurch sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Akaroa, Ohinetahi Garden, Little River Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 6:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Wellington side-trips: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Blenheim) and Picton (Queen Charlotte Track & Marlborough Sounds). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, get outside with Bruce Bay, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington day trip planning site .

You can fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In December in Wellington, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Picton, Wellington Botanic Garden, Wine Tours & Tastings
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 11:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing, don't miss a visit to Mead's Wall, trek along Tongariro Northern Circuit, and admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taupo: Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool (in Wai-O-Tapu) and Rotorua (Lady Knox Geyser, Te Puia, & more). And it doesn't end there: push the limits with an extreme tour, make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, cast your line with a fishing tour, and find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Taupo trip planner .

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of car and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Rotorua, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 22:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, head off the coast to Kapiti Island, and head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Waitomo Caves online travel route planner .

Getting from Taupo to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Otorohanga, Kapiti Island
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

5
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Venture out of the city with trips to Raglan Rock (in Raglan), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Helicopter Tours (in Rotorua). There's lots more to do: walk around Hamilton Gardens, see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, get impressive views of White Island Volcano, and stroll through Mount Maunganui Summit Track.

Start your trip to Hamilton by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by bus from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tauranga, Helicopter Tours, Hobbiton Movie Set, Lake Te Koutu, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Whakaari White Island Volcano ©
Whakaari White Island Volcano

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