60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
2
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Tauranga
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Whakatane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Rotorua
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Napier
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Wellington
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Christchurch
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Dunedin
— 3 nights
10
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
11
Queenstown
— 8 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
12
Wanaka
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
13
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Auckland

2
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Horse Riding Warkworth and Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Holy Trinity Cathedral and Coast-to-Coast Walkway. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St Matthew-in-the-City Church, sample the tasty concoctions at Brothers Beer, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the views from Wynyard Crossing.

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The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Auckland. In November, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Horse Riding Warkworth, Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway
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Coast-to-Coast Walkway ©
Coast-to-Coast Walkway
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
St Matthew-in-the-City Church ©
St Matthew-in-the-City Church

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Waitanguru Falls, then take an in-depth tour of PioPio and districts museum,, then head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave. Keep things going the next day: hike along Kakepuku Historic Reserve, delve into the lush surroundings at Yarndley's Bush, then take an in-depth tour of Te Awamutu Museum, then appreciate the history behind Sir Colin Meads Statue, and finally examine the collection at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip planner .

Getting from Auckland to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Te Awamutu, Te Kuiti, Piopio
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:
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Kakepuku Historic Reserve ©
Kakepuku Historic Reserve
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds
Yarndley's Bush ©
Yarndley's Bush

2
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Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): look for gifts at Pohutukawa Gallery, get engrossed in the history at The Lion & Tusk - Museum of the Rhodesian Services Association, then trek along Orokawa Scenic Reserve, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Otanewainuku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Historical Athenree Homestead, then enjoy the sand and surf at Waihi Beach, and then trek along Katikati Bird Walk - Uretara Estuary & Yeoman Walkway.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tauranga trip planner .

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Tauranga in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Tauranga can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Whakatane.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Waihi Beach, Katikati, Mount Otanewainuku
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:
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Mount Otanewainuku ©
Mount Otanewainuku
Historical Athenree Homestead ©
Historical Athenree Homestead

2
nights
Whakatane

Whakatane ©
Whakatāne is a town in the eastern Bay of Plenty Region in the North Island of New Zealand, 90 km east of Tauranga and 89 km north-east of Rotorua, at the mouth of the Whakatāne River. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Raukokore, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Motu Trails. On the next day, kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, steep yourself in history at Te Papaka, then browse the exhibits of Te Koputu A Te Whanga A Toi - Whakatane Library and Exhibition Centre, and finally see the interesting displays at Opotiki District Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Whakatane trip builder tool .

You can drive from Tauranga to Whakatane in 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whakatane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Opotiki
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:
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Motu Trails ©
Motu Trails
Christ Church Raukokore ©
Christ Church Raukokore

8
nights
Rotorua

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.
Volcanic Hills Winery and Ohinemutu are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Government Gardens and St Michael's Catholic Church are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Taupo (Fishing Charters & Tours, Kayaking & Canoeing, & more). There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua tour builder .

Traveling by car from Whakatane to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Rotorua are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Napier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Whakaari White Island Volcano, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 20:
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Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool ©
Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Ahuriri Estuary Walk will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Moana Park Winery and Faraday Centre. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Gannet Colony, stroll around Waitangi Regional Park, hike along Puketapu Loop - Hawke's Bay Trails, and admire the natural beauty at Sunken Gardens.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Napier day trip planning site .

You can drive from Rotorua to Napier in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Gannet Colony
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 25:
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Gannet Colony ©
Gannet Colony
River Rafting & Tubing
Shine Falls ©
Shine Falls

7
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bolton Street Cemetery and Southward Car Museum. Get some historical perspective at De Molen, Windmill and Saint Mary of the Angels. Venture out of the city with trips to Waikanae (Peka Peka Beach & Nga Manu Nature Reserve), Paraparaumu Beach (in Paraparaumu) and Foxton (Foxton Beach & Oranjehof, Dutch Connection Centre). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, enjoy the sea views from Cape Palliser Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lyall Bay, and see the sky in a new way at Space Place at Carter Observatory.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington visit planner .

Getting from Napier to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November in Wellington, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Foxton, Waikanae, Martinborough, Paraparaumu, Catchpool Loop Walk
Find places to stay Nov 25 — Dec 2:
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Safaris
Nga Manu Nature Reserve ©
Nga Manu Nature Reserve
Cape Palliser Lighthouse ©
Cape Palliser Lighthouse

6
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get in touch with nature at Port Hills and Mt Hutt Ski Area. Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Hinewai Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Washpen Falls (in Darfield) and Akaroa (Catholic St. Patrick's Akaroa & Saint Peter's Anglican Church). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), make a trip to CBD Christchurch, view the masterpieces at Waihora Gallery, and admire all the interesting features of Godley Head.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch visit planner.

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. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Wellington in December since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Akaroa, South Island, Washpen Falls
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Mt Hutt Ski Area ©
Mt Hutt Ski Area

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nugget Point/Tokata Walks and First Church of Otago. Explore hidden gems such as Katiki Point Lighthouse and Orokonui Ecosanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre (in Owaka) and Nugget Point Lighthouse (in Millers Flat). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, head outdoors with Wild Angler - Day Trips, and kick back and relax at St Clair Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Dunedin trip planner .

Getting from Christchurch to Dunedin by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Nugget Point/Tokata Walks, Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre, Katiki Point Lighthouse, Nugget Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Katiki Point Lighthouse ©
Katiki Point Lighthouse
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Hollyford Track and Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Milford sound Hwy and Milford Foreshore Walk. Venture out of the city with trips to Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory (in Milford Sound) and Manapouri Lake (in Manapouri). And it doesn't end there: hike along Gertrude Saddle, explore the activities along Lake Gunn, play a few rounds at Te Anau Golf Club, and take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Te Anau online road trip planner .

You can take a bus from Dunedin to Te Anau in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Milford Foreshore Walk, Manapouri Lake
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary ©
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

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Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door. Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Roxburgh Gorge Trail (in Roxburgh), Tobins Track (in Arrowtown) and Hayes Engineering Works & Homestead (inc Cafe) (in Oturehua). The adventure continues: explore the landscape on two wheels at Queenstown Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Moke Lake, hike along Tiki Trail, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip site .

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door, Hayes Engineering Works & Homestead (inc Cafe), Roxburgh Gorge Trail
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 23:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway

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Wanaka

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Ship Creek Walks. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monro Beach and Bendigo Historic Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wanaka: Gates of Haast (in Haast), Kurow Museum and Information Centre (in Kurow) and Lake Hawea (in Lake Hawea). And it doesn't end there: trek along Blue Pools Track, head outdoors with Oxbow The Adventure Co., stroll through Rob Roy Track, and examine the collection at The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Wanaka trip planner .

Getting from Queenstown to Wanaka by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Haast, Kurow Museum and Information Centre, Lake Hawea, Monro Beach, Bendigo Historic Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Monro Beach ©
Monro Beach
Thunder Creek Falls ©
Thunder Creek Falls

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Te Waimate Mission and Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rangihoua Heritage Park and Wairere Boulders. Venture out of the city with trips to Manginangina Kauri Walk (in Kerikeri) and Clendon House (in Rawene). And it doesn't end there: walk around Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, take some stellar pictures from Opua Forest Lookout Track, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Wanaka to Paihia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House, Te Waimate Mission, Wairere Boulders, Clendon House
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Wairere Boulders ©
Wairere Boulders
Manginangina Kauri Walk ©
Manginangina Kauri Walk

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