60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
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
Bus:  5 h 15 min
10
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
11
Queenstown
— 8 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
12
Wanaka
— 7 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Coast-to-Coast Walkway and Horse Riding Warkworth. Holy Trinity Cathedral and Highwic will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Auckland to go to Orewa and see Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Matthew-in-the-City Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Church of St. Mary, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and wander the streets of Wynyard Quarter.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Auckland online journey builder.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Auckland. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

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
Horse Riding Warkworth ©
Horse Riding Warkworth

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.
On the 7th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Waitanguru Falls, take an in-depth tour of PioPio and districts museum,, thenget outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave. On your second day here, hike along Kakepuku Historic Reserve, take a peaceful walk through Yarndley's Bush, take an in-depth tour of Te Awamutu Museum, thenappreciate the history behind Sir Colin Meads Statue, and finally see the interesting displays at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Te Awamutu, Te Kuiti, Piopio
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Footwhistle Glowworm Cave ©
Footwhistle Glowworm Cave
Kakepuku Historic Reserve ©
Kakepuku Historic Reserve
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds

2
nights
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.
On the 9th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Pohutukawa Gallery, learn about all things military at The Lion & Tusk - Museum of the Rhodesian Services Association, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Orokawa Scenic Reserve, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Otanewainuku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Historical Athenree Homestead, stroll through Waihi Beach, and then trek along Katikati Bird Walk - Uretara Estuary & Yeoman Walkway.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tauranga driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Tauranga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November in Tauranga, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Whakatane.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Katikati, Waihi Beach, Mount Otanewainuku
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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. On the 11th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Raukokore, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Motu Trails. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach, steep yourself in history at Te Papaka, thentake in the exciting artwork at Te Koputu A Te Whanga A Toi - Whakatane Library and Exhibition Centre, and finally see the interesting displays at Opotiki District Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Whakatane road trip site.

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Whakatane takes 1.5 hours. November in Whakatane sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time 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

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Faith's Anglican Church and Buried Village of Te Wairoa. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park and Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Taupo (Fishing Charters & Tours & Kayaking & Canoeing). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, make a trip to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, and identify plant and animal life at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Whakatane to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. November in Rotorua sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Napier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, River Rafting & Tubing, Whakaari White Island Volcano
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 20:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool ©
Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Faraday Centre and Linden Estate Winery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gannet Colony and Puketapu Loop - Hawke's Bay Trails. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Shine Falls, look for gifts at The Silky Oak Chocolate Company, hike along Ahuriri Estuary Walk, and learn about winemaking at Moana Park Winery.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Napier attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Napier takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough 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
Puketapu Loop - Hawke's Bay Trails ©
Puketapu Loop - Hawke's Bay Trails

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cape Palliser Lighthouse and Saint Mary of the Angels. You'll get in some beach time at Lyall Bay and Peka Peka Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Nga Manu Nature Reserve (in Waikanae), Foxton (Foxton Beach, De Molen, Windmill, &more) and Paraparaumu (Paraparaumu Beach & Southward Car Museum). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kaukau, see Fragrifert Parfumeur, the Victorian Perfumery, and look and learn at Space Place at Carter Observatory.

Plan my trip to Wellington with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Napier to Wellington takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) and Corsair Bay. Step off the beaten path and head to Riccarton House & Bush and Hinewai Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Christchurch: Washpen Falls (in Darfield) and Akaroa (Catholic St. Patrick's Akaroa & Saint Peter's Anglican Church). On the 6th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mt Hutt Ski Area. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area, appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture, and don't miss a visit to Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch road trip website.

You can fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 12°C in Christchurch. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Akaroa, South Island, Washpen Falls
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River Rafting & Tubing
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Mt Hutt Ski Area ©
Mt Hutt Ski Area

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nugget Point/Tokata Walks and Orokonui Ecosanctuary. Popular historic sites such as Nugget Point Lighthouse and Katiki Point Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Dunedin to Owaka to see Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, kick back and relax at St Clair Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, and appreciate the history behind Robert Burns Statue.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dunedin vacation planning site.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Dunedin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

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

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Milford sound Hwy and Te Anau Golf Club. Visiting Hollyford Track and Milford Foreshore Walk will get you outdoors. Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory (in Milford Sound) and Manapouri Lake (in Manapouri). There's lots more to do: hike along Gertrude Saddle, look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn, and take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

You can plan Te Anau trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Dunedin to Te Anau by bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Manapouri Lake, Milford Foreshore Walk
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

8
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Popular historic sites such as Hayes Engineering Works & Homestead (inc Cafe) and Vesta Design Boutique are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door and Fallen Soldiers Memorial. Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Roxburgh Gorge Trail in Roxburgh--about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, tee off at Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown, tour the pleasant surroundings at Queenstown Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Arrow River.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

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

7
nights
Wanaka

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.
Bendigo Historic Reserve and Aitken's Folly Vineyard are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Haast Pass and Monro Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wanaka: Kurow Museum and Information Centre (in Kurow), Lake Hawea (in Lake Hawea) and Haast (Ship Creek Walks & Gates of Haast). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Thunder Creek Falls, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and examine the collection at The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Wanaka itinerary planning tool.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Haast, Monro Beach, Haast Pass, Kurow Museum and Information Centre, Lake Hawea
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 30:
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Monro Beach ©
Monro Beach
Parasailing & Paragliding
Blue Pools Track
Blue Pools Track

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wairere Boulders and Rangihoua Heritage Park. Popular historic sites such as Te Waimate Mission and Clendon House are in your itinerary. Step out of Paihia to go to Kerikeri and see Manginangina Kauri Walk, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, explore and take pictures at Opua Forest Lookout Track, make a trip to KeriKeri New Zealand, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Anglican Church.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Paihia driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Wanaka to Paihia in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Wairere Boulders, Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, Clendon House, Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Waitangi Mountain Bike Park ©
Waitangi Mountain Bike Park
Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House
Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House
Wairere Boulders ©
Wairere Boulders

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