59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

59 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Christchurch
— 4 nights
2
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
3
Te Anau
— 6 nights
4
Queenstown
— 6 nights
5
Fox Glacier
— 5 nights
6
Abel Tasman National Park
— 1 night
7
Wellington
— 4 nights
8
Taupo
— 6 nights
9
Whakapapa
— 5 nights
10
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
11
Paihia
— 6 nights
12
Auckland
— 6 nights

4
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Akaroa (The Garden at French Farm, Kayaking & Canoeing, &more) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). There's still lots to do: stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch holiday site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Christchurch is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Christchurch. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: high temperatures in Christchurch hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Transportation

Side Trips

Akaroa, Little River Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gem Alpaca Stud (in Fairlie), Lake Tekapo (in Lake Tekapo) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Hooker Valley Track, Kea Point Track, &more). There's lots more to do: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, stroll through Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, trek along Mueller Hut Route, and fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

To plan Mt. Cook Village vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Christchurch to Mt. Cook Village in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Gem Alpaca Stud, Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, about 1h 15 min away. On the 25th (Wed), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. And it doesn't end there: hike along Hollyford Track, explore the activities along Lake Gunn, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, and identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk, Routeburn Track
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

6
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.
When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Lake Wanaka in Wanaka, approximately Wanaka away. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, push the limits with an extreme tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and admire all the interesting features of Glenorchy-Queenstown Road.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown vacation builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Lake Wanaka
Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

5
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Venture out of the city with trips to Franz Josef (Franz Josef Glacier & Roberts Point Track). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier South Side Walk, trek along Copland Track, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Fox Glacier fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

1
night
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.
On the 7th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Wainui Falls Track and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Abel Tasman Coast Track. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), learn about winemaking at Neudorf Vineyards, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiteriteri Beach.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Abel Tasman National Park route app.

Explore your travel options from Fox Glacier to Abel Tasman National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Neudorf Vineyards, Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), Kaiteriteri Beach
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Wainui Falls Track ©
Wainui Falls Track
Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs) ©
Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs)

4
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.
Explore Wellington's surroundings by going to Picton (Marlborough Sounds & Queen Charlotte Track). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, go for a walk through Hapuka Estuary Walk, identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, and take in the dramatic natural features at Pinnacles Track.

To see maps and other tourist information, read Wellington road trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Wellington with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Picton, Lower Hutt, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds

6
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Lady Knox Geyser, &more). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, stop by Souvenir Outlet, push the limits with an extreme tour, and find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Taupo road trip site.

Getting from Wellington to Taupo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Whakapapa: River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi) and Tongariro National Park (Horsemtrails & Ohakune Old Coach Road). There's still lots to do: hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, stroll through Taranaki Falls, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and explore the activities along Tama Lakes.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Whakapapa journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Whakapapa takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

3
nights
Waitomo Caves

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.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, head off the coast to Kapiti Island, and stroll through Ruakuri Walk.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kapiti Island, Aranui Cave
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paihia: Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Tapeka Point Track) and Whangarei (Adventure Forest, Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stroll through Hongi Hika Walk, and step off the mainland to explore Urupukapuka Island.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Paihia by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Whangarei, Russell, Haruru Falls, Hongi Hika Walk
Find places to stay Jan 26 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Adventure Forest ©
Adventure Forest

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.
Step out of Auckland to go to Warkworth and see Tawharanui Regional Park, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to SkyTower, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Auckland journey maker tool.

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. February in Auckland sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cheltenham Beach, Tawharanui Regional Park, Takapuna Beach Playground
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island

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