60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  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
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Milford Sound and Hollyford Track. Venture out of the city with trips to Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). On the 7th (Mon), hike the day away at Dusky Track. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, hike along Lake Marian Track, explore the landscape on two wheels at Lake 2 Lake Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip planning tool .

Cape Town, South Africa to Te Anau is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Te Anau is 10 hours. 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, Bowen Falls, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

7
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.
Let the collections at Artbay Gallery and Queenstown Arts Centre capture your imagination. Peregrine Wines and Vesta Design Boutique are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Mount Aspiring National Park in Wanaka--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Coronet Peak, take in the awesome beauty at The Remarkables Ski Area, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and tee off at Queenstown Golf Club.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planning website .

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

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mount Aspiring National Park
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
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.
Visit Gillespies Beach and Monro Beach for some beach relaxation. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like River Walk and ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier, hike along Copland Track, take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, and stroll through Minnehaha Walk.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Fox Glacier online vacation maker .

Drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Monro Beach
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Get outdoors at Hooker Valley Track and Ski The Tasman. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sealy Tarns Track, look and learn at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, hike along Red Tarns Track, and head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village trip planning app .

You can 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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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

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.
Popular historic sites such as Wellington Cable Car and Saint Mary of the Angels are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Tonga Island Marine Reserve and Queen Charlotte Track. Explore Wellington's surroundings by going to Kereru Brewing Company (in Upper Hutt), Poppies Martinborough (in Martinborough) and Southward Car Museum (in Paraparaumu). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, explore the striking landscape at Pinnacles Track, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and get outside with Great Alpine Highway.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Wellington. In October, daytime highs in Wellington are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Kapiti Island, Pataka Art + Museum, Southward Car Museum, Kereru Brewing Company
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 31:
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track

5
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Get some historical perspective at Te Porere Redoubt and Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Horsemtrails.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa vacation planning tool .

Traveling by car from Wellington to Whakapapa takes 4.5 hours. Finish 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.
Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve and Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Volcanic Hills Winery and St Michael's Catholic Church. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Taupo (Fishing Charters & Tours, Kinloch Beach, & more) and Waitomo Glowworm Caves (in Waitomo Caves). There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and explore the striking landscape of Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Auckland War Memorial Museum and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tapapakanga Regional Park and Piha Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth), Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach) and Stonyridge Vineyard (in Onetangi). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, kick back and relax at Browns Bay Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland driving holiday planner .

Drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rotorua in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Auckland, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Tapapakanga Regional Park, Tawharanui Regional Park, Muriwai Gannet Colony, Browns Bay Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Taupo Bay and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ocean Beach and Coopers Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Whangarei (Bream Head Coast Walks & Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve), Kapiro Vineyard (in Kerikeri) and Russell (Omata Estate, Oneroa Bay, & more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take some stellar pictures from Opua Forest Lookout Track.

Start your trip to Paihia by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Whangarei, Taupo Bay Beach, Coopers Beach
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 28:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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