60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Drive
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Whitianga
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hastings
— 5 nights
Drive
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Wellington
— 5 nights
Fly
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
Drive
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Invercargill
— 6 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 5 nights
Bus
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Dunedin
— 6 nights
Fly
9
Hokitika
— 4 nights
Drive
10
Akaroa
— 2 nights
Bus to Christchurch, Fly to Kerikeri
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Paihia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kaitaia
— 4 nights
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Whitianga

Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Get in touch with nature at Hot Water Beach and Hahei Beach Walk. Get a sense of the local culture at Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity and Purangi Estate Limited. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whitianga: Whangamata Beach (in Whangamata), Opoutere Surf Beach (in Opoutere) and Whangapoua (Whangapoua Beach & New Chums Beach). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Matarangi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Opito Bay Beach, stop by Bread & Butter Gallery, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Whitianga visit site.

Auckland to Whitianga is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in February, Whitianga is slightly colder at night with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whitianga

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 14:
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Hahei Beach Walk ©
Must see
Hahei Beach Walk
4.8
Whangamata Beach ©
Must see
Whangamata Beach
4.8
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Spring
Hot Water Beach
3.8

6
nights
Rotorua

Sulphur City

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 some cultural insight at Volcanic Hills Winery and Eat Street. Escape the urban bustle at Huka Falls Walkway and Redwoods Treewalk. When in Rotorua, make a side trip to see Craters of the Moon in Taupo, approximately Taupo away. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, and contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua vacation planning app.

Getting from Whitianga to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. February in Rotorua sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hastings.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 20:
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5
nights
Hastings

Hastings is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wine Tours & Tastings and Mission Estate Winery. For shopping fun, head to Birdwoods Gallery or Artmosphere Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Hastings side-trips: New Zealand Natural Clothing (in Norsewood), Central Hawke's Bay Museum (in Waipawa) and Junction Wines (in Napier). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Cape Kidnappers, take in the awesome beauty at Te Mata Peak, take some stellar pictures from Bluff Hill Lookout, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Beach.

To plan Hastings vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Rotorua to Hastings in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Wellington.

Things to do in Hastings

Wineries · Parks · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 25:
Highlights from your trip
Birdwoods Gallery ©
Must see
Birdwoods Gallery
4.6
Cape Kidnappers ©
Must see
Cape Kidnappers
4.7

5
nights
Wellington

Harbour Capital

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.
Appreciate the collections at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Weta Workshop. Explore hidden gems such as Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and Wellington Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Huia (in Rapaura), Tonga Island Marine Reserve (in Abel Tasman National Park) and Saint Mary's Church (in Gisborne). On the 1st (Mon), hike the day away at Queen Charlotte Track. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Oriental Bay, steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, enjoy the sand and surf at Whites Bay, and admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's.

Make your Wellington itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Hastings to Wellington in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in February, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 2:
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Wellington Museum ©
Must see
Wellington Museum
4.6
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Must see
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
4.8

6
nights
Queenstown

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Vesta Design Boutique. You'll explore and learn at Silver Fern Gallery and Artbay Gallery. Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Misha's Vineyard Tasting Room in Cromwell--about 52 minutes away. On the 4th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Otago Central Rail Trail, hike along Queenstown Hill, stop by The Arrowtown Jade & Opal Factory, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown day trip planning website.

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Invercargill.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 8:
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Arrowtown Village ©
Must see
Arrowtown Village
4.4

6
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Invercargill

Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian and Waipapa Point Lighthouse. Head to Otautau Gallery and City Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Invercargill side-trips: Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre (in Curio Bay) and Riverton (Te Hikoi Museum and Information Centre, Howells Point Reserve, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Southland Museum and Art Gallery, examine the collection at Bill Richardson Transport World, kick back and relax at Oreti Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Presbyterian Church.

To plan Invercargill vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Queenstown to Invercargill in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 14:
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5
nights
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 discover tucked-away gems like Lake Te Anau and The Chasm Walk. Step out of the city life by going to Milford Sound and Routeburn Track. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, explore and take pictures at Punanga Manu o Te Anau, and look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Te Anau day trip website.

Take a bus from Invercargill to Te Anau in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 19:
Highlights from your trip
The Chasm Walk ©
Must see
The Chasm Walk
4.6
Lake Te Anau ©
Must see
Lake Te Anau
4.6
Doubtful Sound ©
Must see
Doubtful Sound
4.7

6
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Dunedin

Edinburgh of the South

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.
Otago Museum and Happy Hens will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Nugget Point/Tokata Walks and First Church of Otago. Change things up with these side-trips from Dunedin: Hampden Stores (in Hampden), Shag Point Nature Reserve (in Palmerston) and Moeraki Boulders Beach (in Oamaru). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Penguin Place, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, trek along Tunnel Beach Track, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iona Church.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Dunedin visit planner.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Dunedin in 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Dunedin

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 25:
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Penguin Place ©
Must see
Penguin Place
4.2

4
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Hokitika

Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Let the collections at Wilderness Gallery and Bonz 'N Stonz Carving Studio capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Hokitika Museum and Hokitika Craft Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Hokitika side-trips: Truman Track (in Punakaiki) and Greymouth (Nimmo Gallery + Store & Shades Of Jade). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hokitika Gorge Walk, look for gifts at Hokitika Glass Studio, choose your vessel at West Coast Scenic Waterways, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hokitika tour planner.

Getting from Dunedin to Hokitika by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Akaroa.

Things to do in Hokitika

Shopping · Outdoors · Parks · Transportation

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 29:
Highlights from your trip
Hokitika Beach ©
Must see
Hokitika Beach
4.2

2
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Akaroa

Long Harbour

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): stop by Pot Pourri, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Peter's Anglican Church, shop like a local with The Giants House, then look for gifts at Fire & Ice - Gemstone Jewellery Specialists, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic St. Patrick's Akaroa. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then view the masterpieces at Lava, then look for gifts at Blue Pearls Gallery, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Banks Peninsula.

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

Getting from Hokitika to Akaroa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Akaroa

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 29 — 31:
Highlights from your trip
The Giants House ©
Must see
The Giants House
4.5

4
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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.
Visiting Swim with Dolphins and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Paihia Harbour and Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Blue River Orchard (in Waipapa), The Gallery & Cafe Helena Bay Hill (in Whananaki) and Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery, Christ Church, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, look for gifts at The Old Packhouse Market, and admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia attractions planner.

Getting from Akaroa to Paihia by combination of bus and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, ferry, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 5:
Highlights from your trip
Paihia Harbour ©
Must see
Paihia Harbour
4.6
Christ Church ©
Must see
Christ Church
4.7

4
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Kaitaia

Kaitaia is a town in the Far North District of New Zealand, at the base of the Aupouri Peninsula, about 160 km northwest of Whangarei. Get in touch with nature at Tane Mahuta Walk and Rarawa Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Ninety Mile Beach and Koutu Boulders. Get out of town with these interesting Kaitaia side-trips: Waipoua Forest (in Waipoua Forest), Mangonui (Coopers Beach & Exhibit A Gallery) and Village Arts Gallery (in Kohukohu). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Taipa Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tapotupotu Beach, get engrossed in the history at Te Ahu Heritage, and get into the urban bustle at Te Ahu Center.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kaitaia itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Paihia to Kaitaia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 9:
Highlights from your trip
Tane Mahuta Walk ©
Must see
Tane Mahuta Walk
4.9
Ninety Mile Beach ©
Must see
Ninety Mile Beach
4.6
Waipoua Forest ©
Must see
Waipoua Forest
4.8

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