60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly to Kerikeri Airport, Drive to Paihia
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Paihia
— 6 nights
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Auckland
— 4 nights
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Whitianga
— 2 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
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Taupo
— 6 nights
Shuttle
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
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Wellington
— 4 nights
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Christchurch
— 3 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 4 nights
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 8 nights
Drive to Queenstown International Airport, Fly to Karachi

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Paihia — 6 nights

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 find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Whangarei (Bream Head Coast Walks & Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve) and Russell (Tapeka Point Track & Phantom Sailing). Spend a day of island exploring on the 28th (Wed) at Urupukapuka Island. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines, get great views at Opua Forest Lookout Track, and admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia road trip planning website.

Karachi, Pakistan to Paihia is an approximately 31-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Karachi to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly to Auckland.
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Auckland — 4 nights

City of Sails

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 Waiheke Island and see Wine Tours & Tastings, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sky Tower, see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, and look for gifts at Pauanesia.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Paihia to Auckland by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Whitianga.
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Whitianga — 2 nights

Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at RAPAURA Watergardens, then go for a walk through Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Whiti Farm Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Water Beach, then stroll through Cathedral Cove Walk, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitianga journey website.

Drive from Auckland to Whitianga in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Auckland, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Whitianga, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.
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Waitomo Caves — 3 nights

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 trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls.

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Traveling by car from Whitianga to Waitomo Caves takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.
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Rotorua — 6 nights

Sulphur City

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.
Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton). There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, take in the dramatic natural features at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and experience rural life at Agrodome.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rotorua trip builder tool.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Taupo.
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Taupo — 6 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, theme parks, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, explore the activities along Whakaipo Bay, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Taupo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Tongariro National Park.
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Tongariro National Park — 5 nights

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 23rd (Mon), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 25th (Wed), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, stroll through Tongariro Northern Circuit, hike along Ridge Track, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Ohakune Old Coach Road.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park online travel route planner.

Take a shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Wellington.
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Wellington — 4 nights

Harbour Capital

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Wellington: Pukaha National Wildlife Centre (in Masterton), Southward Car Museum (in Paraparaumu) and Martinborough (Poppies Martinborough & Martinborough Wine Tours). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, and get around town with Wellington Cable Car.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daytime highs in Wellington are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Christchurch.
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Christchurch — 3 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Venture out of the city with trips to Akaroa (Coronation Library & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, explore the world behind art at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), and have fun at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Wellington in January, Christchurch is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) — 4 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef) and Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Gillespies Beach, &more).

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) road trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.
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Queenstown — 6 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Misha's Vineyard Tasting Room (in Cromwell) and Glenorchy-Queenstown Road (in Mount Creighton). The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Queenstown with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.
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Te Anau — 8 nights

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.
Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Milford sound Hwy). Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 16th (Thu), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, trek along Routeburn Track, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, and stroll through Gertrude Saddle.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau tour itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.
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