60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 4 nights
2
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
3
Rotorua
— 6 nights
4
Hastings
— 1 night
5
Taupo
— 7 nights
6
Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
7
New Plymouth
— 2 nights
8
Wellington
— 4 nights
9
Christchurch
— 5 nights
10
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
11
Queenstown
— 6 nights
12
Te Anau
— 7 nights
13
Paihia
— 6 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like SkyTower and Auckland Zoo will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Auckland Museum, head off the coast to Waiheke Island, look for gifts at Pauanesia, and stroll through Pakuranga Rotary Walkway.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary tool.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Auckland. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Cheltenham Beach, Takapuna Beach Playground, Stockade Hill, Rainbow's End Theme Park
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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 9th (Sat): stroll through Ruakuri Walk, Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally step off the mainland to explore Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, thenexperience rural life at Roselands Farm Park, thenrelax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld.

Find out how to plan Waitomo Caves trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari ©
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

6
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.
Attractions like Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Hamilton Gardens make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Rotorua with a short trip to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, explore the striking landscape at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hastings.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Hobbiton Movie Set, Hamilton Gardens
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 16:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Agrodome ©
Agrodome
Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park ©
Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park

1
night
Hastings

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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): make a splash at Splash Planet, thenwalk around Palmbrook Reserve, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Te Mata Peak, and finally get in on the family fun at Keirunga Park Railway.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hastings journey planning site.

You can drive from Rotorua to Hastings in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Hastings

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trip

Havelock North
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:
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Splash Planet ©
Splash Planet
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Keirunga Park Railway ©
Keirunga Park Railway

7
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Maori Rock Carvings. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, get outside with Taupo Rod & Tackle, contemplate the waterfront views at Whakaipo Bay, and walk around Huka Prawn Park.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Hastings to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park ©
Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park

5
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Attractions like Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Silica Rapids Track make great kid-friendly stops. On the 26th (Tue), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Mead's Wall, hike along Tongariro Northern Circuit, stroll through Ridge Track, and explore the activities along Tama Lakes.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park route builder website.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes
Silica Rapids Track ©
Silica Rapids Track

2
nights
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Opunake Beach, thentake in the exciting artwork at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, and then get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Oakura Beach, stop by Giles Chocolatier, thenget curious at Puke Ariki, and finally go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read New Plymouth visit planning website.

Drive from Tongariro National Park to New Plymouth in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Oakura Beach, Opunake Beach
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Puke Ariki ©
Puke Ariki

4
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.
Attractions like Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Wellington Cable Car make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Marlborough Sounds in Picton (about 1h 50 min away). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, see the interesting displays at Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, get great views at Mount Victoria, and pause for some photo ops at John Plimmer Statue.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Wellington driving holiday website.

You can fly from New Plymouth to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Catchpool Loop Walk, Pataka Art + Museum, Wellington Botanic Garden, Marlborough Sounds
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

5
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Family-friendly places like Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Christchurch Gondola will thrill your kids. Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Akaroa (Fire & Ice - Gemstone Jewellery Specialists & Dolphin & Whale Watching). On the 6th (Sat), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, get into the urban bustle at The Arts Centre, admire the natural beauty at Ohinetahi Garden, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Southern Encounter.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Christchurch trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 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 February, Christchurch is slightly colder at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Parks

Side Trips

Akaroa, Ohinetahi Garden
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 9:
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

4
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Gillespies Beach and Mount Fox Route. Venture out of the city with trips to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Sealy Tarns Track & Hooker Valley Track) and Franz Josef (Sentinel Rock Walk & Franz Josef Glacier). The adventure continues: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, stroll through Peters Pool Walk, and view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 13:
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns 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.
Attractions like Skyline Queenstown and Zipline make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, see Off-Road Tours, play a few rounds at Queenstown Golf Club, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown online day trip planner.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Alpine Aqualand ©
Alpine Aqualand
Boat Tours & Water Sports

7
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Doubtful Sound and Hollyford Track. Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford Sound and see Bowen Falls, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. On the 22nd (Mon), hike the day away at Kepler Track. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, observe the fascinating underwater world at Trout Observatory, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau day trip planning app.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hollyford Track, Bowen Falls
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 26:
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Trout Observatory ©
Trout Observatory
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

6
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.
Family-friendly places like Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Oneroa Bay will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve (in Whangarei), Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve Walk (in Hikurangi) and Ocean Beach (in Whangarei Heads). Spend a day of island exploring on the 2nd (Tue) at Urupukapuka Island. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Action World, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and contemplate the long history of KeriKeri New Zealand.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia holiday planner.

You can fly from Te Anau to Paihia in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus, train, ferry, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve, Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve Walk, Ocean Beach
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 4:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
Oneroa Bay ©
Oneroa Bay

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