60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
bus + Fly:  29​h
1
Auckland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Rotorua
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  8​h
5
Kaikoura
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Mt. Cook Village
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
8
Paihia
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
9
Wanaka
— 5 nights
bus:  6​h 30​min
10
Te Anau
— 5 nights
bus:  5​h 15​min
11
Dunedin
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Glasgow

5
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.
You've now added Coast-to-Coast Walkway to your itinerary. St. Patrick's Cathedral and Holy Trinity Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Muriwai Gannet Colony and Tawharanui Regional Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Orewa Beach (in Orewa), Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve (in Cooks Beach) and Hahei Beach Walk (in Hahei). There's much more to do: stroll through Bethells Beach, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, visit a coastal fixture at Manukau Heads Lighthouse, and enjoy the sand and surf at Takapuna Beach.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland road trip planning app .

Glasgow, UK to Auckland is an approximately 29-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Glasgow to Auckland due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Glasgow in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Muriwai Gannet Colony, Hahei Beach Walk, Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve, Tawharanui Regional Park, Orewa Beach
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Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ruakuri Walk and Ruapuke Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kawhia Hot Water Beach and Te Toto Gorge Lookout. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Raglan, Kawhia Hot Water Beach
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing

5
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Visiting Tongariro Crossing Shuttles and Horsemtrails will get you outdoors. Visit Te Porere Redoubt and Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi) and Ohakune (Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead & Ohakune museum). There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Ohakune Old Coach Road, stroll through Tongariro Northern Circuit, take in the dramatic scenery at Mangawhero Falls, and trek along Taranaki Falls.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Tongariro National Park trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Ohakune, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Pilot Bay. Popular historic sites such as St. Faith's Anglican Church and Ohinemutu are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo) and Mount Maunganui (Mt Maunganui Main Beach & Mount Maunganui Base Track). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the natural beauty of Kuirau Park, get outside with Kerosene Creek, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. March in Rotorua sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, River Rafting & Tubing, Huka Falls Walkway, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 22:
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
River Rafting & Tubing
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach

3
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway and Ohau Point Seal Colony. Visiting Ohau Stream Walk and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kaikoura: Hanmer Springs (Majuba Gallery & Hanmer Llamas). There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese, contemplate the long history of Fyffe House, and Head underground at Maori Leap Cave.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kaikoura online vacation maker .

Getting from Rotorua to Kaikoura by combination of flight and train takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Hanmer Springs
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Hanmer Llamas ©
Hanmer Llamas

4
nights
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 Roberts Point Track. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monro Beach and Copland Track. Go for a jaunt from Fox Glacier to Franz Josef to see Sentinel Rock Walk about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Franz Josef Glacier, hike along Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, take in the pleasant sights at Tatare Tunnels Walk, and explore and take pictures at Callery Gorge Walk.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fox Glacier trip maker tool .

You can drive from Kaikoura to Fox Glacier in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Monro Beach
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Helicopter Tours
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Monro Beach ©
Monro Beach

5
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hooker Valley Track and Glencoe Walk. Step out of the city life by going to Aoraki/Mt. Cook and Kea Point Track. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Tekapo (The Church of the Good Shepherd & Roundhill Ski Area), New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm (in Pukaki) and Mount Dobson Ski Area (in Fairlie). There's more to do: hike along Sealy Tarns Track and tour the pleasant surroundings at Governors Bush Walk.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village journey site .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo, New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm, Mount Dobson Ski Area
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

4
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and St James Anglican Church. Discover out-of-the-way places like Paihia Harbour and Haruru Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Whale Bay (in Matapouri), St Paul's Rock (in Whangaroa) and Manginangina Kauri Walk (in Kerikeri). There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Tutukaka Headland, hike along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia online visit planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Paihia. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Tutukaka Headland, St Paul's Rock, Trounson Kauri Park, Whale Bay
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 8:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Parasailing & Paragliding

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Roys Peak Track and Isthmus Peak Track. Get in touch with nature at Mount Aspiring National Park and Rob Roy Track. Take a break from Wanaka with a short trip to Ship Creek Walks in Haast, about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka, appreciate the history behind Wanaka War Memorial, examine the collection at The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop, and head outdoors with Oxbow The Adventure Co..

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Wanaka sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Wanaka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ship Creek Walks, Haast Pass
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 13:
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Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Ship Creek Walks ©
Ship Creek Walks
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Chasm Walk and Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. Escape the urban bustle at Milford Sound and Hollyford Track. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Te Anau: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Milford sound Hwy (in Milford Sound). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gertrude Saddle, hike along Mirror Lakes Walk, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip planner .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Te Anau in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford sound Hwy, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Orokonui Ecosanctuary and Aramoana Beach. Visit Nugget Point/Tokata Walks and First Church of Otago for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Dunedin side-trips: Cannibal Bay (in Owaka), Katiki Point Lighthouse (in Moeraki) and Nugget Point Lighthouse (in Millers Flat). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Fletcher House, contemplate the long history of Olveston Historic Home, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Dunedin trip builder .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Dunedin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Katiki Point Lighthouse, Nugget Point/Tokata Walks, Nugget Point Lighthouse, Cannibal Bay
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 22:
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Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Katiki Point Lighthouse ©
Katiki Point Lighthouse
First Church of Otago ©
First Church of Otago

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Queenstown Trail and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Get outdoors at Moke Lake and Zipline. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Cromwell (Cheeki Cherries & Wooing Tree Vineyard) and Roxburgh (Clutha Gold Trail & Roxburgh Gorge Trail). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, make a trip to Fallen Soldiers Memorial, grab your bike and head to Lake Hayes Walkway, and take a memorable drive along Crown Range Road.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Dunedin to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Cromwell, Roxburgh, Crown Range Road, Lake Hayes Walkway
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 28:
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Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway
Zipline
Moke Lake ©
Moke Lake

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