60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Cape Town
Fly + Bus:  32 h
1
Te Anau
— 7 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Queenstown
— 7 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h 15 min
5
Wellington
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Whakapapa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Rotorua
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Auckland
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Paihia
— 10 nights
Bus + Fly:  27 h
End: Cape Town

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Doubtful Sound and Te Anau Golf Club. Change things up with these side-trips from Te Anau: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound). On the 7th (Mon), hike the day away at Dusky Track. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, stroll around Punanga Manu o Te Anau, hike along Kepler Track, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake 2 Lake Trail.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Te Anau is an approximately 31- hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Cape Town to Te Anau, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk, Bowen Falls
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

7
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Appreciate the collections at Artbay Gallery and Queenstown Arts Centre. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vesta Design Boutique and Fallen Soldiers Memorial. When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Mount Aspiring National Park in Wanaka, approximately Wanaka away. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the awesome beauty at Coronet Peak, tee off at Peak Golf Queenstown, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Queenstown travel planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mount Aspiring National Park
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 17:
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Spas
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

4
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Monro Beach and Gillespies Beach. River Walk and ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Fox Glacier to Franz Josef to see Franz Josef Glacier about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Peters Pool Walk, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Fox Glacier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Monro Beach
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Step out of the city life by going to Hooker Valley Track and Aoraki/Mt. Cook. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mt. Cook Village: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Glencoe Walk, Sealy Tarns Track, &more). There's lots more to do: trek along Mueller Hut Route, contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, look and learn at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Governors Bush Walk.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mt. Cook Village online itinerary planner.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

6
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.
Visiting Tonga Island Marine Reserve and Pinnacles Track will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Wellington Cable Car and Katherine Mansfield House and Garden. Get out of town with these interesting Wellington side-trips: Poppies Martinborough (in Martinborough), Queen Charlotte Track (in Picton) and Southward Car Museum (in Paraparaumu). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, contemplate the long history of Kotuku School Memorial, and sample the tasty concoctions at Kereru Brewing Company.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Wellington journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Wellington. In October, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Poppies Martinborough, Kapiti Island, Tonga Island Marine Reserve, Pataka Art + Museum
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 31:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track

5
nights
Whakapapa

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.
Get outdoors at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Mount Ruapehu. Get some cultural insight at Horsemtrails and Tongariro Northern Circuit. Get out of town with these interesting Whakapapa side-trips: Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial (in Ohakune) and Tongariro National Park (Turoa Ski Area & Mangawhero Falls). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rotopounamu Track, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, steep yourself in history at Te Porere Redoubt, and trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Whakapapa trip planner.

Getting from Wellington to Whakapapa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 5:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

7
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.
Get some historical perspective at Te Puia and Ohinemutu. Get some cultural insight at Volcanic Hills Winery and St Michael's Catholic Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Fishing Charters & Tours, Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve, &more) and Waitomo Glowworm Caves (in Waitomo Caves). There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, witness a stunning natural landmark at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, explore the striking landscape of Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rotorua online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Whakapapa to Rotorua by car takes about 2.5 hours. November in Rotorua sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Taupo, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 12:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

6
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.
Let the collections at Auckland Museum and Connells Bay Sculpture Park capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Devonport and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Tapapakanga Regional Park (in Orere Point), Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach) and Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Browns Bay Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Auckland journey website.

Getting from Rotorua to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Rotorua in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Auckland, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Browns Bay Beach, Tapapakanga Regional Park, Cheltenham Beach, Piha Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony

10
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ocean Beach and Coopers Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Waitangi Treaty Grounds and St Paul's Anglican Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Kapiro Vineyard (in Kerikeri), Russell (Omata Estate, Oneroa Bay, &more) and Whangarei (Bream Head Coast Walks & Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve). There's still lots to do: play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club, learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines, admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia journey tool.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Whangarei, Blue River Orchard, Taupo Bay Beach
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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