60 days in Perth & New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in Perth & New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in Perth & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Bristol, United Kingdom
train + Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Perth, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
2
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Wellington, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
8
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Taupo, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
11
Hamilton, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Auckland, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
13
Paihia, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Bristol, United Kingdom

4
nights
Perth, Australia

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Change things up with a short trip to Fremantle Prison in Fremantle (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, explore the activities along Swan River, and appreciate the history behind State War Memorial.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Perth trip itinerary maker site .

Bristol, UK to Perth is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Bristol to Perth. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Perth

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trips

Fremantle Prison, Cottesloe Beach
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 5:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

5
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take a memorable tour with Tours, have fun at Break One Clay Target Shooting, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip builder .

Fly from Perth to Queenstown in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Perth to Queenstown. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 11:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

5
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

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.
On the 14th (Sat), hike the day away at Dusky Track. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, get outside with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park, and get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau day trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 16:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Gertrude Saddle ©
Gertrude Saddle

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Explore Mt. Cook Village's surroundings by going to Lake Tekapo (The Church of the Good Shepherd & Lake Tekapo). There's much more to do: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman, trek along Red Tarns Track, and stroll through Kea Point Track.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village route tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 20:
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

4
nights
Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fox Glacier: Franz Josef (Sentinel Rock Walk & Roberts Point Track). There's lots more to do: hike along Mount Fox Route, tour the pleasant surroundings at Minnehaha Walk, take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier, and explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fox Glacier online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:
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Mount Fox Route ©
Mount Fox Route
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

3
nights
Christchurch, New Zealand

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Akaroa (Blue Pearls Gallery & Dolphin & Whale Watching). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, get to know the resident critters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Christchurch road trip website .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Christchurch takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. September in Christchurch sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Parks Transportation

Side Trips

Akaroa, Ohinetahi Garden
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

5
nights
Wellington, New Zealand

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wellington: Beer Tastings & Tours (in Blenheim) and Marlborough Sounds (in Picton). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, get outside with Bruce Bay, and get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary tool .

Fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Wellington, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Marlborough Sounds, Wellington Botanic Garden, Tonga Island Marine Reserve, Beer Tastings & Tours
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 2:
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Beer Tastings & Tours

5
nights
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, winter sports, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing, trek along Silica Rapids Track, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, and admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park tour itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 7:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

6
nights
Taupo, New Zealand

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Rotorua (Lady Knox Geyser, Horseback Riding Tours, & more) and Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool (in Wai-O-Tapu). And it doesn't end there: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, get to know the fascinating history of Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Joan Williamson Rose Garden, and walk around Huka Prawn Park.

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

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Rotorua, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline

3
nights
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

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.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, admire the sheer force of Marokopa Falls Walk, take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves online holiday planner .

You can drive from Taupo to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Otorohanga, Kapiti Island
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds

2
nights
Hamilton, New Zealand

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the 17th (Thu), see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, and then stroll around Hamilton Gardens. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Waikato Museum, then head outdoors with Raglan Rock, and then identify plant and animal life at Wainui Reserve.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton online visit planner .

Traveling by bus from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Raglan, Helicopter Tours, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:
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Raglan Rock ©
Raglan Rock
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens

5
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Step out of Auckland to go to Whitianga and see The Lost Spring, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the landmark architecture of Alberton, and learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Auckland trip planning app .

You can drive from Hamilton to Auckland in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

The Lost Spring, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum

5
nights
Paihia, New Zealand

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.
Paihia is known for parks, wildlife, nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and look for gifts at The Cabbage Tree Shop.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Paihia travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas
Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club

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