60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Huka Falls Walkway and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Tukairangi Gallery and Volcanic Hills Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Great Lake Trail, Kinloch Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, stroll through Lake Okareka Walkway, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Rotokakahi.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip itinerary tool .

Helsinki, Finland to Rotorua is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Rotorua hover around 25°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 18:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Waitomo Glowworm Caves and River Rafting & Tubing. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and trek along Piripiri Cave Walk.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Aranui Cave
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

5
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Horsemtrails are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Taranaki Falls and Tongariro Northern Circuit. Step out of Whakapapa to go to Turangi and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 34 minutes away.

Plan a Whakapapa trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) 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 Dec 21 — 26:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

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 appreciate Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Southward Car Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Great War Exhibition and Old St Paul's. Explore Wellington's surroundings by going to Picton (Queen Charlotte Track & Marlborough Sounds). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, hike along Catchpool Loop Walk, and head outdoors with Great Alpine Highway.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Wellington online journey planner .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Wellington in 4.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Picton, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Tonga Island Marine Reserve, Catchpool Loop Walk, Southward Car Museum
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Silver Fern Gallery and Queenstown Arts Centre. Take a break from the city and head to Zipline and Off-Road Tours. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, grab your bike and head to Queenstown Trail, and trek along Ben Lomond Track.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Queenstown route planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 6:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

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 outdoors at Milford Sound and Routeburn Track. Change things up with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, trek along Kepler Track, and stroll through Lake Gunn.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip maker app .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk, Routeburn Track
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 12:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

5
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.
Let the collections at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and Dunedin Public Art Gallery capture your imagination. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Waikouaiti Beach and Kaka Point Beach. Explore Dunedin's surroundings by going to Sod Cottage (in Milton), Nugget Point/Tokata Walks (in Balclutha) and Shag Point Nature Reserve (in Palmerston). There's still lots to do: make a trip to The Royal Albatross Centre, take in the dramatic natural features at Otago Peninsula, explore the historical opulence of Larnach Castle & Gardens, and trek along Tunnel Beach Track.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dunedin road trip website .

Take a bus from Te Anau to Dunedin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Shag Point Nature Reserve, Sod Cottage, Nugget Point/Tokata Walks, Gemston & Fossil Museum Birdlings Flat, Waikouaiti Beach
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:
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The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Get in touch with nature at Hooker Valley Track and Aoraki/Mt. Cook. Get some cultural insight at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and Burkes Pass Gallery. Take a break from Mt. Cook Village with a short trip to Lake Tekapo in Lake Tekapo, about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: trek along Sealy Tarns Track, hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman, tour the pleasant surroundings at Glencoe Walk, and explore the activities along Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Mt. Cook Village takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo, Burkes Pass Gallery
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Fox Glacier and Helicopter Tours. We've included these beaches for you: Gillespies Beach and Monro Beach. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Fox Route, explore the activities along Lake Matheson Walk, and hike along Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier online trip planner .

Drive from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Monro Beach
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 26:
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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.
Let the collections at Auckland War Memorial Museum and Connells Bay Sculpture Park capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and Kiwa Art. Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth), Waiheke Community Art Gallery (in Waiheke Island) and Stockade Hill (in Howick). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, head off the coast to Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, get impressive views of Mount Eden, and see the interesting displays at New Zealand Maritime Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Auckland online trip planner .

Getting from Fox Glacier to Auckland by combination of bus and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Tawharanui Regional Park, Kiwa Art, Stockade Hill, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Kings Theatre Creative. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi), Ocean Beach (in Whangarei Heads) and Whangarei (Bream Head Coast Walks & Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, hike along Tapeka Point Track, and go for a walk through Opua Forest Lookout Track.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia online attractions planner .

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Whangarei, Russell, Kings Theatre Creative, Tane Mahuta Walk
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 7:
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

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