60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  22 h 30 min
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Auckland
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Whitianga
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Whangamata
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Gisborne
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Hastings
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
8
Blenheim
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
10
Christchurch
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
11
Geraldine
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
12
Twizel
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
13
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
14
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
15
Milford Sound
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
16
Kingston
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
17
Wanaka
— 1 night
Bus:  4 h 45 min
18
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
19
Hokitika
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
20
Punakaiki
— 3 nights
Bus:  5 h 15 min
21
Abel Tasman National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
22
Nelson
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
23
Picton
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
24
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
25
Palmerston North
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
26
Whakapapa
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
27
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
28
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  22 h 15 min
End: Toronto

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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.
To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland day trip tool .

Toronto, Canada to Auckland is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Auckland is 17 hours. While traveling from Toronto, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 18°C. On the 12th (Wed), you're off to Thames.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Whitianga

Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): make a trip to The 309 Road. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Moko Artspace, take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve, then trek along Cathedral Cove Walk, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitianga travel route planner.

Getting from Auckland to Whitianga by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Auckland in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Whitianga, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Whangamata.

Things to do in Whitianga

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hot Water Beach, Hahei, The 309 Road
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Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
The Lost Spring ©
The Lost Spring

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Whangamata

Whangamata ©
The town of Whangamatā is sited on the southeast coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand. On the 15th (Mon), stroll through Opoutere Surf Beach, admire the verdant scenery at Wentworth Valley, then enjoy the sand and surf at Whangamata Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at The Little Gallery Whangamata.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Whangamata vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Whitianga to Whangamata in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whangamata

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Opoutere Surf Beach
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Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach
Opoutere Surf Beach ©
Opoutere Surf Beach
The Little Gallery Whangamata ©
The Little Gallery Whangamata

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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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and admire all the interesting features of Te Puia.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Whangamata to Rotorua by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gisborne.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest ©
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest

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Gisborne

Gisborne
A holiday in Gisborne incorporates both leisure and culture.
To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Gisborne sightseeing planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Gisborne by car takes about 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Hastings.

Things to do in Gisborne

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Hastings

Hastings
Hastings is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hastings travel planner.

You can drive from Gisborne to Hastings in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Hastings

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
On the 23rd (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

To find maps and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington holiday planner.

Getting from Greytown to Wellington by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May in Wellington, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Blenheim.

Things to do in Wellington

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

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Blenheim

Blenheim
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Blenheim tour planning website .

Getting from Wellington to Blenheim by car takes about 4 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 25th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony, hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and then look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Ohau Stream Walk, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kaikoura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Blenheim to Kaikoura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 27th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Kaikoura to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Christchurch sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Geraldine.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation
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Christchurch Gondola ©
Christchurch Gondola

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Geraldine

Geraldine
Geraldine or Heratini is a town in the Canterbury Region on the South Island of New Zealand. To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Geraldine route maker tool .

You can drive from Christchurch to Geraldine in 2 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Twizel.

Things to do in Geraldine

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lake Tekapo
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo

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Twizel

Twizel ©
Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Kea Point Track.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Twizel travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Geraldine to Twizel in 2 hours. On the 30th (Sun), you'll travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Twizel

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kea Point Track
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Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

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Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): hike along Hooker Valley Track and then get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

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

Mt. Cook Village is just a short distance from Twizel. On the 31st (Mon), you're off to Queenstown.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Hooker Valley Track
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

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Queenstown

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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Queenstown in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Beer Tastings & Tours

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Milford Sound

Milford Sound ©
Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
Mirror Lakes Walk has been added to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: trek along Routeburn Track, see the interesting displays at Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, take in the awesome beauty at Mitre Peak, and admire the sheer force of Bowen Falls.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Milford Sound online holiday planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Milford Sound by car takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kingston.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track
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Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk

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Kingston

Kingston ©
Kingston is a small town at the southernmost end of Lake Wakatipu, just north of the border of Otago and Southland, in New Zealand's South Island. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Athol Art Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Craft Keepers, then hike along Shirt Tail Track, and finally experience rural life at Real Country.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kingston online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Milford Sound to Kingston takes 3.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for Wanaka.

Things to do in Kingston

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Athol Art Gallery, Craft Keepers
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Craft Keepers ©
Craft Keepers
Real Country ©
Real Country
Athol Art Gallery ©
Athol Art Gallery

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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.
On the 8th (Thu), explore the activities along Lake Wanaka.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Wanaka online attractions planner .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Wanaka in 6.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Nature
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Matheson Walk. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier trip planner.

Getting from Wanaka to Fox Glacier by bus takes about 5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Wed) before leaving for Hokitika.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 14:
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Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

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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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Shantytown Heritage Park, then admire the landmark architecture of Hokitika Town Clock, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hokitika Gorge Walk. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Heritage Jade, make a trip to Pioneers of the Frontier Statue, kick back and relax at Hokitika Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Hokitika Craft Gallery, then get outside with Glow Worm Dell, and finally hike along Tunnel Terrace Walk.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Hokitika tour itinerary site.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Hokitika in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Punakaiki.

Things to do in Hokitika

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shantytown Heritage Park
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:
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Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Shantytown Heritage Park ©
Shantytown Heritage Park
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk

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Punakaiki

Punakaiki ©
Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Punakaiki: Westport (Cape Foulwind Walkway, Tauranga Bay Seal Colony, &more) and Mitchells Gully Gold Mine (in Charleston). The adventure continues: hike along Truman Track, stroll through Pororari River Track, Head underground at Punakaiki Cavern, and identify plant and animal life at Inland Pack Track.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Punakaiki day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Hokitika to Punakaiki takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Punakaiki

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Westport, Mitchells Gully Gold Mine
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Cape Foulwind Walkway ©
Cape Foulwind Walkway
Truman Track ©
Truman Track
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk

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Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park ©
Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
Step out of Abel Tasman National Park to go to Takaka and see Anatoki Salmon, which is approximately 34 minutes away. On the 19th (Mon), hike the day away at Abel Tasman Coast Track. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Wainui Falls Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaiteriteri Beach, trek along The Grove Scenic Reserve, and contemplate the waterfront views at Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs).

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Abel Tasman National Park road trip website.

You can take a bus from Punakaiki to Abel Tasman National Park in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Takaka, The Grove Scenic Reserve, Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), Kaiteriteri Beach
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Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Wainui Falls Track ©
Wainui Falls Track
Walking tours

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Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
On the 22nd (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Tahunanui Beach, then examine the collection at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Nelson Provincial Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at South Street Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): walk around Founders Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Queen's Gardens, then make a trip to Centre of New Zealand, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nelson tour itinerary planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Abel Tasman National Park to Nelson. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Picton.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks Museums Beaches
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Tahunanui Beach ©
Tahunanui Beach
Nelson Provincial Museum ©
Nelson Provincial Museum

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Picton

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 24th (Sat), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at EcoWorld Aquarium and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Picton trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Nelson to Picton in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Picton

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Walking tours
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Wellington

Wellington ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, pause for some photo ops at Paddy the Wanderer Monument, then get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, and finally appreciate the history behind John Plimmer Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Oriental Bay, then take a stroll through Cuba Street, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old St Paul's, and finally see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Picton to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Palmerston North.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Neighborhoods
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Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum
Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay

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Palmerston North

Palmerston North
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Palmerston North online journey planner.

You can drive from Wellington to Palmerston North in 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You'll set off for Whakapapa on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in Palmerston North

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Whakapapa

The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
Explore Whakapapa's surroundings by going to Tongariro National Park (Te Porere Redoubt & Ohakune Old Coach Road) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi).

Planning Whakapapa trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Palmerston North to Whakapapa in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

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Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wairakei Terraces. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Taupo online travel route planner.

You can drive from Whakapapa to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Auckland

Auckland ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach and then meet the residents at Auckland Zoo.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Auckland online travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Taupo to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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