60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paihia
— 3 nights
2
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
3
Rotorua
— 9 nights
4
Kaikoura
— 4 nights
5
Hokitika
— 6 nights
6
Dunedin
— 7 nights
7
Te Anau
— 5 nights
8
Queenstown
— 12 nights
9
Wanaka
— 7 nights

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Whangarei Falls and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tane Mahuta Walk and Town Basin. Venture out of the city with trips to Yakas Walk (in Dargaville), Whangarei (NZ Fudge Farm & Te Kakano) and Waipoua Forest (in Waipoua Forest). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, hike along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines, and take an in-depth tour of Kawakawa Memorial Library Centre.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paihia attractions planner.

Oslo, Norway to Paihia is an approximately 33-hour flight. Traveling from Oslo to Paihia, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Whangarei, Kerikeri, Tane Mahuta Walk, Yakas Walk, Kawakawa Memorial Library Centre
Find places to stay May 24 — 28:
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Whangarei Falls ©
Whangarei Falls

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 29th (Sat), Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, thenappreciate the history behind Statue of shearer, and then don't miss a visit to Sir Colin Meads Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, make a trip to Ed Hillary Walkway, explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, thenhike along Ruakuri Walk, and finally experience rural life at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Te Kuiti, Otorohanga
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:
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Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

9
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Redwoods Treewalk. Relax by the water at Papamoa Beach and Pilot Bay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui), Whakatane (Ohope Beach & Whakatane Museum and Arts) and Monmouth Redoubt (in Tauranga). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Rotorua, hike along Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway, take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, and make a trip to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rotorua online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Rotorua are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Whakatane, Taupo, Papamoa Beach, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 8:
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach
Pilot Bay ©
Pilot Bay

4
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Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway and Ohau Stream Walk. Take a break from the city and head to Peninsula Seal Colony and Conical Hill. Change things up with these side-trips from Kaikoura: Hanmer Springs (Spas, Hanmer Forest, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, take in the exciting artwork at Art & Design Gallery, look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kaikoura online tour itinerary builder.

Fly from Rotorua to Kaikoura in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hokitika.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Hanmer Springs
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 13:
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Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Scuba & Snorkeling

6
nights
Hokitika

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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Helicopter Tours and Glow Worm Dell. Escape the urban bustle at Lake Matheson Walk and Hokitika Gorge Walk. Explore Hokitika's surroundings by going to Coal Creek Track (in Runanga), Greymouth (Monteith's Brewing Company & History House Museum) and Punakaiki (Truman Track, Punakaiki Cavern, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach, browse the exhibits of Wilderness Gallery, admire the landmark architecture of Hokitika Town Clock, and appreciate the history behind Pioneers of the Frontier Statue.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hokitika online trip maker.

Getting from Kaikoura to Hokitika by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Punakaiki, Greymouth, Fox Glacier, Coal Creek Track, Mitchells Gully Gold Mine
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 19:
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Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Helicopter Tours
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach

7
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tunnel Beach Track and The World's Steepest Street. Take a break from the city and head to Penguin Place and Roaring Bay. Get out of town with these interesting Dunedin side-trips: Oamaru (Lazy Cat Pottery and Tileworks, Oamaru's Victorian Precinct, &more), Nugget Point/Tokata Walks (in Balclutha) and Tunnel Hill (in Owaka). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Church of Otago, appreciate the history behind Robert Burns Statue, sample the tasty concoctions at Speight’s Brewery, and take some stellar pictures from Signal Hill.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Dunedin trip planner.

You can fly from Hokitika to Dunedin in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Oamaru, Roaring Bay, Nugget Point/Tokata Walks, Tunnel Hill
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 26:
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Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place

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.
Get in touch with nature at The Chasm Walk and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mirror Lakes Walk and Milford sound Hwy. Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford and see Milford Foreshore Walk, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. On the 27th (Sun), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. On the 30th (Wed), hike the day away at Kepler Track. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Te Anau, hike along Lake Gunn, and look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a bus from Dunedin to Te Anau in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk, Kayaking & Canoeing, Milford sound Hwy, Routeburn Track
Find places to stay Jun 26 — Jul 1:
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The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk

12
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Queenstown Hill and Otago Central Rail Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Ben Lomond Track and Arrowtown Village. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Cardrona Alpine Resort (in Cardrona), Lorimer Shop and Post (in Omakau) and Cromwell (ART-CUT Gallery, Jackson Orchards, &more). There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and explore the activities along Moke Lake.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Cromwell, Cardrona Alpine Resort, Lorimer Shop and Post, Little Paradise Dream Garden, Arrowtown Village
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 13:
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Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Otago Central Rail Trail ©
Otago Central Rail Trail
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill

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.
Get outdoors at Roys Peak Track and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks and Helicopter Tours. The adventure continues: hike along Mount Iron Track, see the interesting displays at National Transport and Toy Museum, gear up at Outside Sports Wanaka, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Wanaka itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 20:
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Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

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