60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  27​h
1
Auckland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Whangarei
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Paihia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Dunedin
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Queenstown
— 5 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Milford Sound
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
10
Christchurch
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
11
Wellington
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 15​min
12
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
13
Rotorua
— 6 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Amsterdam

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Auckland Museum and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. Get a sense of the local culture at Sculptureum and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Step out of Auckland to go to Muriwai Beach and see Muriwai Gannet Colony, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Sky Tower, explore the activities along Devonport, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and see the interesting displays at New Zealand Maritime Museum.

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Amsterdam, Holland to Auckland is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 11 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in January; daily highs in Auckland reach 22°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Whangarei.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Auckland Region, Smiths Bush Reserve, Sculptureum, Muriwai Gannet Colony
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Sculptureum ©
Sculptureum

4
nights
Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Kauri Museum and Town Basin. Museum-lovers will appreciate Empire Art & Espresso and Claphams Clocks - The National Clock Museum. Explore Whangarei's surroundings by going to Tutukaka Headland (in Tutukaka), Goat Island Marine Reserve (in Warkworth) and Minniesdale Chapel (in Wharehine). And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve, kick back and relax at Ocean Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Manaia Track, and get to know the fascinating history of Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve Walk.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Whangarei trip planner .

You can drive from Auckland to Whangarei in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve Walk, Fishing Charters & Tours, Empire Art & Espresso, Goat Island Marine Reserve, Minniesdale Chapel
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
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Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve ©
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve
The Kauri Museum ©
The Kauri Museum
Town Basin ©
Town Basin

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Waitangi Treaty Grounds and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station. Pompallier Mission and Printery and Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Aroha Island Ecological Centre (in Kerikeri), Russell (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Christ Church) and The Northland Firehouse Museum Trust (in Kaikohe). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, contemplate the long history of Rangihoua Heritage Park, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Paihia day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Whangarei to Paihia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, The Northland Firehouse Museum Trust
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 16:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

3
nights
Dunedin

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nugget Point/Tokata Walks and Otago Museum. Visit Larnach Castle & Gardens and Waikouaiti Beach for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Dunedin side-trips: Katiki Point Lighthouse (in Moeraki) and Nugget Point Lighthouse (in Millers Flat). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Church of Otago, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and make a trip to Iona Church.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Dunedin trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Dunedin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Port Chalmers, Nugget Point/Tokata Walks, Katiki Point Lighthouse, Nugget Point Lighthouse, Waikouaiti Beach
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
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The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens

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.
Spend the 23rd (Thu) on the water with a fishing tour. On the 24th (Fri), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get interesting insight from Tours, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip tool .

Drive from Dunedin to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 25:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines

5
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.
Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring nature at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). On the 28th (Tue), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, see the interesting displays at Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Milford Sound.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 30:
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum ©
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary ©
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

3
nights
Milford Sound

Milford Sound ©
Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
On the 1st (Sat), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Milford sound Hwy, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn, don't miss a visit to Homer Tunnel, and get great views at Pops View Look Out.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Milford Sound visit planner .

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Milford Sound with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:
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Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy
Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and Church of the Good Shepherd are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Mt. Cook Village with an excursion to Lake Tekapo in Lake Tekapo--about 38 minutes away.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village tour planning site .

You can drive from Milford Sound to Mt. Cook Village in 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough 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 Feb 2 — 5:
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Get a sense of the local culture at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery and River Walk. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Fox Route, and hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 8:
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery ©
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery
River Walk ©
River Walk

5
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Christchurch Cathedral and Ferrymead Heritage Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Canterbury Museum and The Giant's House. Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Akaroa (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Lava gallery, & more). On the 11th (Tue), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral, and have fun at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch road trip planning app .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Christchurch in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In February in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Parks

Side Trips

Akaroa, Ohinetahi Garden
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 13:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa) and Southward Car Museum. Wellington Cable Car and St. Mary of the Angels Parish will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Marlborough Sounds (in Picton), Rapaura (Huia & Cloudy Bay) and Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre (in Blenheim). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, and get great views at Mount Victoria.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Wellington, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Blenheim, Southward Car Museum, Marlborough Sounds, Kotuku School Memorial, Pataka Art + Museum
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 18:
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

4
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get some cultural insight at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit. On the 20th (Thu), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, explore the landscape on two wheels at Ohakune Old Coach Road, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and explore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Tongariro National Park route website .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

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
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

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.
Buried Village of Te Wairoa and Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Taupo Museum and 3D Trick Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway, L'Arte, & more) and Tukairangi Gallery (in Acacia Bay). Saddle up on the 27th (Thu) and explore with a tour on horseback. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In February in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Taupo
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 28:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Taupo Museum ©
Taupo Museum

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