59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Regina
Fly:  29​h
1
Napier
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Wellington
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Blenheim
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Kaikoura
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Akaroa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Christchurch
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Dunedin
— 5 nights
9
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
10
Queenstown
— 6 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
11
Wanaka
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
12
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
13
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Regina

3
nights
Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Te Mata Peak and Wine Tours & Tastings. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Marine Parade, get in on the family fun at Splash Planet, do a tasting at Church Road Winery Cellar Door & Restaurant, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Napier online route planner .

Regina, Canada to Napier is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 18 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Napier

Tours Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Havelock North, Hastings, Cape Kidnappers
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 6:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
River Rafting & Tubing
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak

6
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera), Mt Maunganui Main Beach (in Mount Maunganui) and Taupo (Aratiatia Rapids, Huka Falls Walkway, & more). There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, don't miss a visit to Te Puia, and explore and take pictures at Agrodome.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua holiday builder .

Getting from Napier to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. February in Rotorua sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, River Rafting & Tubing, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Mt Maunganui Main Beach, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 12:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Queen Charlotte Track and Parliament Buildings. Step out of Wellington to go to Picton and see Marlborough Sounds, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Wellington online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rotorua in February, you will find days in Wellington are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Blenheim.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Picton, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 16:
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Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track

5
nights
Blenheim

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Kayaking & Canoeing (in Havelock), Nelson (World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum & Centre of New Zealand) and Barewood Garden (in Seddon). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Queen Charlotte Sound, learn about winemaking at Spy Valley Wines, admire the verdant scenery at Molesworth Station, and steep yourself in history at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Blenheim sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Blenheim takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In February in Blenheim, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Picton, Nelson, Kayaking & Canoeing, Barewood Garden, Bladen Wines
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

3
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway and Ohau Stream Walk. Change things up with these side-trips from Kaikoura: Hanmer Springs (Hanmer Forest & Conical Hill). There's much more to do: make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, explore the galleries of Art & Design Gallery, and stop by Kaikoura Cheese.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kaikoura trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Blenheim to Kaikoura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Akaroa.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Hanmer Springs
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony

2
nights
Akaroa

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 25th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Garden of Tane, then look for gifts at Blue Pearls Gallery, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Peter's Anglican Church, take an in-depth tour of Akaroa Museum, then explore and take pictures at The Giant's House, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Akaroa sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Akaroa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Akaroa are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Akaroa

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing
Swim with Dolphins

5
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial and Banks Peninsula. On the 1st (Mon), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 3rd (Wed), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Quake City, buy something for everyone on your list at Re:START, get to know the resident critters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Orana Wildlife Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Christchurch trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Akaroa to Christchurch in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Christchurch are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 3:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Hagley Park ©
Hagley Park

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Moeraki Boulders and Dunedin Botanic Garden. Change things up with a short trip to Moeraki Boulders in Moeraki (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, make a trip to The World's Steepest Street, identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see maps and other tourist information, read our Dunedin online trip maker .

Drive from Christchurch to Dunedin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trip

Moeraki Boulders
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 8:
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Dunedin Botanic Garden ©
Dunedin Botanic Garden
Moeraki Boulders ©
Moeraki Boulders
Rail Tours

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Routeburn Track and Lake Te Anau. Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, about 1h 15 min away. Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring nature at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). On the 13th (Sat), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument, trek along The Chasm Walk, and identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Dunedin to Te Anau takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Milford Foreshore Walk, Hollyford Track, Routeburn Track
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Helicopter Tours. Step out of Queenstown to go to Cromwell and see Cheeki Cherries, which is approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, get your game on at Fear Factory Queenstown, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Queenstown Hill.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown day trip website .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Cheeki Cherries, Otago Central Rail Trail
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Otago Central Rail Trail ©
Otago Central Rail Trail
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road ©
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wanaka and Helicopter Tours. There's much more to do: get your game on at Puzzling World, stroll through Roys Peak Track, examine the collection at National Transport and Toy Museum, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Wanaka travel route builder website .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Paihia Harbour and Rainbow Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi), Four Sisters Walk (in Waipoua Forest) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Russell). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and hike along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Paihia trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Wanaka to Paihia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Tane Mahuta Walk, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Four Sisters Walk, Whangarei Falls
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tiritiri Matangi Island and Room Escape Games. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower, explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, stroll around Cornwall Park, and examine the collection at Auckland Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Tiritiri Matangi Island ©
Tiritiri Matangi Island
Wine Tours & Tastings

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