60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  31​h
1
Queenstown
— 6 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Te Anau
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Fox Glacier
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Christchurch
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Wellington
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
7
Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Waitomo Caves
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Auckland
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Paihia
— 6 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Paris

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, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and enjoy some diversion at Break One Clay Target Shooting.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown holiday planner.

Paris, France to Queenstown is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 11 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

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.
Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford Sound and see Bowen Falls, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. On the 12th (Thu), hike the day away at Dusky Track. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, and head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Te Anau online trip builder .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Bowen Falls
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 15:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Gertrude Saddle ©
Gertrude Saddle

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mt. Cook Village: Lake Tekapo (The Church of the Good Shepherd & Lake Tekapo). There's much more to do: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, see the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, trek along Kea Point Track, and fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can 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 Sep 15 — 19:
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fox Glacier: Franz Josef (Sentinel Rock Walk & Roberts Point Track). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Mount Fox Route, stroll through Minnehaha Walk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take in the pleasant sights at River Walk.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fox Glacier online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier takes 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Mount Cook Alpine Memorial
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 24:
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Mount Fox Route ©
Mount Fox Route
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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 Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa), High Peak Heliski (in Windwhistle) and Black Diamond Safaris (in Methven). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch journey site .

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. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Black Diamond Safaris, Dolphin & Whale Watching, High Peak Heliski, Ohinetahi Garden
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Explore Wellington's surroundings by going to Marlborough Sounds (in Picton) and Beer Tastings & Tours (in Blenheim). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wellington Zoo, and ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington day trip site .

Getting from Christchurch to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Wellington, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Tonga Island Marine Reserve, Marlborough Sounds, Beer Tastings & Tours, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 4:
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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, get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, trek along Rotopounamu Track, and admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Tongariro National Park day trip planning tool .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 9:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Taupo (Helicopter Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, and don't miss a visit to Amokura Glass.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Rotorua trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set, Hamilton Gardens
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 15:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Waitomo Caves to Raglan to see Raglan Rock about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, step off the mainland to explore Kapiti Island, admire the sheer force of Marokopa Falls Walk, and hike along Ruakuri Walk.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Waitomo Caves route builder website .

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Otorohanga, Raglan Rock, Kapiti Island
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Raglan Rock ©
Raglan Rock
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing

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 lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, look for gifts at Pauanesia, and observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

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

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Auckland sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cheltenham Beach, The Lost Spring
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
The Lost Spring ©
The Lost Spring

6
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.
Step out of Paihia with an excursion to Taupo Bay in Taupo--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island, take a memorable tour with Tours, and explore and take pictures at Opua Forest Lookout Track.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paihia day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Taupo Bay Beach
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas
Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club

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