60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

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Auckland
— 7 nights
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Paihia
— 5 nights
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Rotorua
— 7 nights
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Taupo
— 7 nights
Shuttle
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hawera
— 1 night
Drive
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Wellington
— 7 nights
Fly
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Blenheim
— 3 nights
Fly
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 4 nights
Drive
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Te Anau
— 6 nights
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Queenstown
— 7 nights
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Auckland

— 7 nights

City of Sails

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tyburn Monastery and Matakana War Memorial. Auckland Museum and Connells Bay Sculpture Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Sculptureum (in Matakana), Waiheke Museum and Historic Village (in Waiheke Island) and Stonyridge Vineyard (in Onetangi). There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, examine the collection at Thames School of Mines and Mineralogical Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, and enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland travel planner.

Perth, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 4 hours. Traveling from Perth in June, expect nights in Auckland to be somewhat warmer, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Parks · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 23:

Paihia

— 5 nights
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 Pompallier Mission and Printery and Akeake Historic Reserve Track. Get a sense of the local culture at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Kororipo Heritage Park. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Russell (Omata Estate, Christ Church, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at KeriKeri New Zealand, get a taste of the local shopping with Masterpieces Art Gallery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Anglican Church.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Paihia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 28:

Rotorua

— 7 nights

Sulphur City

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.
Get some historical perspective at Te Puia and Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village. Get some cultural insight at Buried Village of Te Wairoa and Volcanic Hills Winery. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to the Zeus Gallery (in Tauranga) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the long history of Ohinemutu, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and stroll through Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip planner.

Fly from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Rotorua are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 5:

Taupo

— 7 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Get some cultural insight at Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve and L'Arte. Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napier), Linden Estate Winery (in Eskdale) and Waitomo Caves (Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, stop by Huka Honey Hive, and admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 12:

Tongariro National Park

— 5 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Te Porere Redoubt and Ohakune Old Coach Road will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tawhai Falls. On the 15th (Thu), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Mangawhero Falls, hike along Taranaki Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, and contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park road trip website.

You can take a shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hawera.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 17:

Hawera

— 1 night
Hawera is the second-largest town in the Taranaki region of New Zealand's North Island, with a population of. On the 18th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Tawhiti Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Elvis Presley Memorial Room, and then shop like a local with Fenton Street Art Collective.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Hawera visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tongariro National Park to Hawera. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Hawera

Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 18:

Wellington

— 7 nights

Harbour Capital

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.
Popular historic sites such as Wellington Cable Car and Pencarrow Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Cape Palliser Lighthouse. Get out of town with these interesting Wellington side-trips: Martinborough (Martinborough Wine Tours, Haythornthwaite Wines, &more) and Southward Car Museum (in Paraparaumu). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, see the interesting displays at Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, and view the masterpieces at City Gallery Wellington.

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

Drive from Hawera to Wellington in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in July, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to Blenheim.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 25:

Blenheim

— 3 nights
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wine Tours & Tastings and Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Framingham Wines, see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre, look for gifts at No.1 Family Estate, and take an in-depth tour of Edwin Fox Maritime Museum.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Blenheim attractions website.

Fly from Wellington to Blenheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July in Blenheim, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can fly to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 4 nights
River Walk and ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)'s surroundings by going to Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, Minnehaha Walk, &more) and Franz Josef (Terrace Walk & Sentinel Rock Walk).

For more things to do and more tourist information, read Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Blenheim to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 1:

Te Anau

— 6 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Te Anau: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Milford Sound) and Invercargill (Dig This Invercargill & Classic Motorcycle Mecca). Spend the 7th (Sat) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 6th (Fri), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Fiordland Massage Clinic, stop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and explore the activities along Milford Sound.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau online itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 7:

Queenstown

— 7 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Chard Farm Winery and Kawarau Suspension Bridge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Ceres Wines in Cromwell, approximately Cromwell away. On the 10th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Before you visit Queenstown, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 14:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.