60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 5 nights
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Paihia
— 6 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
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Taupo
— 7 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
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New Plymouth
— 1 night
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Wellington
— 3 nights
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Christchurch
— 4 nights
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Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
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Te Anau
— 8 nights

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Auckland

Auckland ©

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.
Bring the kids along to SkyTower and Auckland Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: EcoZip Adventures (in Oneroa) and Connells Bay Sculpture Park (in Waiheke Island). Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, look for gifts at Pauanesia, enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and get impressive views of Rangitoto Island.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Auckland day trip planning app.

London, UK to Auckland is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from London to Auckland, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, you will find days in Auckland are a bit warmer (20°C), and nights are warmer (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

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Must see
SkyTower
4.4
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Military Museum
Auckland Museum
4.6

6
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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.
Family-friendly places like Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve will thrill your kids. When in Paihia, make a side trip to see Blue River Orchard in Waipapa, approximately Waipapa away. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Skydive Bay of Islands, explore and take pictures at Akeake Historic Reserve Track, play a few rounds at Kauri Cliffs, and see the world from above with Salt Air.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paihia road trip planner.

Drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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Kayaking / Canoeing
Bay of Islands Kayaking
4.8
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Historic Site
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
4.6

3
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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.
Step out of Waitomo Caves to go to Raglan and see Wainui Reserve, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, trek along Ruakuri Walk, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, and take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves online tour planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.6
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Outdoor Activity
Waitomo Clay Birds
5.0

6
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Rotorua

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.
Attractions like Zipline and Agrodome make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Hamilton (Hamilton Zoo & Hamilton Gardens), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and McLaren Falls Park (in Tauranga). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua holiday tool.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Rotorua sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

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Must see
Zipline
4.7
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Farm
Agrodome
4.3

7
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Taupo

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.
Family-friendly places like Huka Falls Walkway and Kayaking & Canoeing will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, have fun at Clay Break Taupo, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Taupo trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
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Theme Park
Huka Prawn Park
3.4
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Theme Park
Mind Junction
3.0

5
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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Bring the kids along to Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tama Lakes. There's still lots to do: capture your vacation like a pro with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ohakune Old Coach Road, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and trek along Silica Rapids Track.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tongariro National Park road trip planning site.

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Water Body
Tama Lakes
4.9
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Hiking Trail
Silica Rapids Track
4.6

1
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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): engage your brain at Puke Ariki, then take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, then look for gifts at Giles Chocolatier, and finally get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our New Plymouth journey builder website.

Drive from Tongariro National Park to New Plymouth in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Childrens Museums
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Scenic Walking Area
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
4.9
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Science Museum
Puke Ariki
4.7

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Wellington

Wellington

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.
Family-friendly places like Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, trek along Catchpool Loop Walk, meet the residents at Wellington Zoo, and take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Wellington road trip site.

You can fly from New Plymouth to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Wellington sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Bring the kids along to Christchurch Botanic Gardens and TranzAlpine Train. Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Akaroa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Saint Peter's Anglican Church). Next up on the itinerary: catch a ride on Christchurch Gondola, explore the world behind art at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and get to know the resident critters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Wellington in February since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Transportation · Museums · Parks

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History Museum
Canterbury Museum
4.6

4
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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Gillespies Beach and Sealy Tarns Track. Explore Fox Glacier's surroundings by going to Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Kea Point Track & Glencoe Walk). There's lots more to do: hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, contemplate the long history of River Walk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and get the adrenaline pumping with Skydive Fox Glacier.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

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Hiking Trail
Sealy Tarns Track
4.9
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Hiking Trail
Kea Point Track
4.4
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World heritage site
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
3.6

6
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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Attractions like Skyline Queenstown and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, test your problem-solving skills at Escape Quest Queenstown, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, and explore and take pictures at Glenorchy-Queenstown Road.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary app.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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Spa
Spas
4.5

8
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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.
Attractions like Hollyford Track and Doubtful Sound make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Te Anau: Milford Sound (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Bowen Falls, &more). On the 23rd (Tue), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, take an unforgettable tour with Southern Lakes Helicopters, see Wild Rides, and go for a walk through Punanga Manu o Te Anau.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Hollyford Track
5.0
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Must see
Routeburn Track
4.9
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Water Body
Milford Sound
4.8

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