60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 6 nights
2
Paihia
— 6 nights
3
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
4
Waihi Beach
— 3 nights
5
Rotorua
— 7 nights
6
Whakapapa
— 5 nights
7
Wellington
— 5 nights
8
Abel Tasman National Park
— 2 nights
9
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
10
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
11
Queenstown
— 7 nights
12
Te Anau
— 6 nights

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.
Visiting Muriwai Gannet Colony and Rangitoto Island will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Browns Bay Beach and Mangawhai Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Oneroa Beach (in Waiheke Island), Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth) and Karekare Falls (in Karekare). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, kick back and relax at Kariotahi Beach, wander the streets of Devonport, and get impressive views of Mount Eden.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary tool.

Vancouver, Canada to Auckland is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Auckland, you'll lose 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in February, things will get much hotter in Auckland: highs are around 26°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Auckland Region, Oneroa Beach, Red Beach, Browns Bay Beach, Tawharanui Regional Park
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 8:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park

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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Ocean Beach (in Whangarei Heads), Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei) and Tapeka Point Track (in Russell). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, stroll through Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia tour planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Whangarei, Haruru Falls, Ocean Beach, Tane Mahuta Walk
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 14:
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve ©
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Caveworld. Venture out of the city with trips to Ruapuke Beach (in Raglan) and Mangakara Nature Walk (in Pirongia). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, and Head underground at Piripiri Cave Walk.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves takes 4.5 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 · Nature

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Opoutere Surf Beach and Anzac Bay. Get in touch with nature at Pauanui Beach and Katikati Bird Walk - Uretara Estuary & Yeoman Walkway. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Waihi Beach: The Little Gallery Whangamata (in Whangamata) and Pauanui Trail (in Pauanui). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Whiritoa Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Waihi Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Waihi Beach online tour builder.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Waihi Beach in 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Waihi Beach are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waihi Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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

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 Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, &more). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, explore the striking landscape of Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary builder 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) to allow time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Taupo, Whakaari White Island Volcano, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 27:
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Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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 in touch with nature at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Taranaki Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whakapapa: Tongariro National Park (Horsemtrails, Ohakune Old Coach Road, &more) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi). There's much more to do: trek along Tongariro Northern Circuit, get around town with Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, stroll through Rotopounamu Track, and get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Whakapapa trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time 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
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

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.
Visiting Queen Charlotte Track and ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary will get you outdoors. Explore Wellington's surroundings by going to Pukaha National Wildlife Centre (in Masterton), Marlborough Sounds (in Picton) and Waikanae Estuary Bird Tours (in Waikanae). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, contemplate the long history of Wellington Cable Car, and hike along Catchpool Loop Walk.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip builder tool.

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) so you can travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Picton, Pukaha National Wildlife Centre, Waikanae Estuary Bird Tours, Catchpool Loop Walk, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 8:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): trek along Abel Tasman Coast Track and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiteriteri Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Rawhiti Cave Track, explore the activities along Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), then kick back and relax at Tata Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wainui Falls Track, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at The Grove Scenic Reserve.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Abel Tasman National Park sightseeing site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wellington to Abel Tasman National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), The Grove Scenic Reserve, Tata Beach, Kaiteriteri Beach, Rawhiti Cave Track
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:
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Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Wainui Falls Track ©
Wainui Falls Track
Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs) ©
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.
Visiting Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier South Side Walk will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: stroll through Gillespies Beach, trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier day trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Fox Glacier. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Visiting Hooker Valley Track and Aoraki/Mt. Cook will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Tekapo (in Lake Tekapo) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Sealy Tarns Track, Kea Point Track, &more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mueller Hut Route, hike along Governors Bush Walk, explore the activities along Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, and look and learn at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village by car takes about 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 18:
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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 Mount Aspiring National Park and Lake Wanaka. The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, and do a tasting at Peregrine Wines.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown itinerary builder website.

Drive from Mt. Cook Village to Queenstown in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can 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
Mount Aspiring National Park ©
Mount Aspiring National 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.
Get in touch with nature at Milford Sound and Hollyford Track. Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford and see Milford Foreshore Walk, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. On the 30th (Mon), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, stroll through Lake Gunn, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and trek along The Chasm Walk.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Te Anau visit planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can 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
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

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