60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Auckland
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Paihia
— 6 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3​h
3
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Waihi Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Rotorua
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Whakapapa
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Wellington
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Abel Tasman National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
9
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
10
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Queenstown
— 7 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
12
Te Anau
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Vancouver

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Browns Bay Beach and Mangawhai Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Tawharanui Regional Park and Red Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Karekare Falls (in Karekare), Oneroa Beach (in Waiheke Island) and Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to SkyTower, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Anawhata, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Auckland is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 20 hour difference. In February, Auckland is warmer than Vancouver - with highs of 26°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Auckland Region, Oneroa Beach, Muriwai Gannet Colony, Tawharanui Regional Park, Karekare Falls
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Parasailing & Paragliding. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Ocean Beach (in Whangarei Heads), Whangarei (Bream Head Coast Walks & Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve) and Tapeka Point Track (in Russell). And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get interesting insight from Tours, and admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Paihia tour itinerary website .

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Whangarei, Tane Mahuta Walk, Tapeka Point Track, Ocean Beach
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 14:
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ruakuri Walk will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Waitomo Caves: Mangakara Nature Walk (in Pirongia) and Ruapuke Beach (in Raglan). And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Piripiri Cave Walk, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, and head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves tour planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Waihi Beach.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Ruapuke Beach, Mangakara Nature Walk
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 17:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

3
nights
Waihi Beach

Waihi Beach ©
Waihi Beach is a coastal town at the western end of the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand's North Island. You'll get in some beach time at Opoutere Surf Beach and Pauanui Beach. Get outdoors at Whiritoa Beach and Katikati Bird Walk - Uretara Estuary & Yeoman Walkway. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Waihi Beach: Pauanui Trail (in Pauanui) and The Little Gallery Whangamata (in Whangamata). It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Anzac Bay and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuapiro Point.

Plan my trip to Waihi Beach with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Waihi Beach in 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Waihi Beach can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waihi Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katikati, Pauanui, Opoutere Surf Beach, Whiritoa Beach, The Little Gallery Whangamata
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 20:
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Opoutere Surf Beach ©
Opoutere Surf Beach
Anzac Bay ©
Anzac Bay

7
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Huka Falls Walkway and Zipline. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, &more). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, admire all the interesting features of Te Puia, look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and contemplate the geological forces at Whakaari White Island Volcano.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua travel planning site .

Getting from Waihi Beach to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set, Whakaari White Island Volcano, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 27:
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

5
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Get outdoors at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Horsemtrails. Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi (about 34 minutes away).

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Rotorua to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 3:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Queen Charlotte Track and ZEALANDIA Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to Pukaha National Wildlife Centre (in Masterton), Marlborough Sounds (in Picton) and Waikanae Estuary Bird Tours (in Waikanae). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take in the dramatic natural features at Pinnacles Track, steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, and take in the pleasant sights at Hapuka Estuary Walk.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Whakapapa to Wellington in 4.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Picton, Wellington Botanic Garden, Waikanae Estuary Bird Tours, Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 8:
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Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): trek along Abel Tasman Coast Track and then stroll through Kaiteriteri Beach. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Rawhiti Cave Track, make a trip to Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), kick back and relax at Tata Beach, then admire the sheer force of Wainui Falls Track, and finally trek along The Grove Scenic Reserve.

To see traveler tips, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Abel Tasman National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Explore your travel options from Wellington to Abel Tasman National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kaiteriteri Beach, Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), Tata Beach, Rawhiti Cave Track, The Grove Scenic Reserve
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Wainui Falls Track ©
Wainui Falls Track
Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs) ©

3
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Step out of the city life by going to Gillespies Beach and Helicopter Tours. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Franz Josef Glacier, trek along Minnehaha Walk, stroll through Mount Fox Route, and take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Fox Glacier using our trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Abel Tasman National Park to Fox Glacier. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 14:
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Hooker Valley Track and Sealy Tarns Track. Go for a jaunt from Mt. Cook Village to Lake Tekapo to see Lake Tekapo about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, stroll through Red Tarns Track, explore the activities along Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, and fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Zipline and Ben Lomond Track. Venture out of the city with trips to Wanaka (Mount Aspiring National Park & Lake Wanaka). And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll through Queenstown Hill, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Queenstown Trail.

Discover how to plan a Queenstown trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Mt. Cook Village to Queenstown in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Wanaka
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 25:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Zipline

6
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 Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, approximately Milford away. On the 30th (Mon), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Hollyford Track, hike along Lake Gunn, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip planner.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 31:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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