60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  28​h
1
Auckland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Whakapapa
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Wellington
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Christchurch
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Fox Glacier
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
9
Te Anau
— 6 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
10
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Paihia
— 7 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Frankfurt

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.
Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Waiheke Island (Wine Tours & Tastings & Connells Bay Sculpture Park) and Orewa Lookout (in Orewa). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, learn about winemaking at Foxes Island, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, and head off the coast to Waiheke Island.

Plan my day in Auckland using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Frankfurt, Germany to Auckland is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Frankfurt to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Frankfurt in October since evenings lows in Auckland dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Cheltenham Beach, Orewa Lookout
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 21:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

6
nights
Rotorua

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Maori Rock Carvings, Huka Falls Walkway, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, don't miss a visit to Te Puia, and learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

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You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Auckland, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Rotorua, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set, Hamilton Gardens
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 27:
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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, trek along Ruakuri Walk, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aranui Cave, Kapiti Island
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

5
nights
Whakapapa

Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi (about 34 minutes away).

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Whakapapa online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 4:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

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: Picton (Queen Charlotte Track & Marlborough Sounds). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, and take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden.

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Drive from Whakapapa to Wellington in 4.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Picton, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Wellington Botanic Garden, Catchpool Loop Walk, Tonga Island Marine Reserve
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 9:
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

5
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Little River Gallery (in Little River), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa) and Geraldine Observatory (in Geraldine). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, have fun at Velocity Karts, enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, and let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To find photos and more tourist information, read Christchurch journey site .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Christchurch, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Transportation Tours

Side Trips

Ohinetahi Garden, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Little River Gallery, Geraldine Observatory
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 14:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

5
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Change things up with a short trip to Roberts Point Track in Franz Josef (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Fox Glacier, trek along Copland Track, go for a walk through River Walk, and kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Fox Glacier trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) 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 Nov 14 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
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.
Go for a jaunt from Mt. Cook Village to Lake Tekapo to see Lake Tekapo about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, see the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, and hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village travel route site .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) 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 Nov 19 — 23:
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford to see Milford Foreshore Walk about 1h 15 min away. On the 27th (Fri), hike the day away at Dusky Track. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, hike along Kepler Track, stroll through Lake Gunn, and look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 29:
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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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and hit the slopes at Coronet Peak.

Plan my day in Queenstown using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 5:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Beer Tastings & Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

7
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.
Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Whangarei (Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve & Bream Head Coast Walks) and Pompallier Mission and Printery (in Russell). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, tee off at Waitangi Golf Club, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia day trip planning website .

You can fly from Queenstown to Paihia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Whangarei, Pompallier Mission and Printery
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Wine Tours & Tastings

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