57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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57 days in New Zealand Itinerary

London
Fly:  39​h
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
Milford Sound
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Te Anau
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h
Queenstown
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Wellington
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Waitomo Caves
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Rotorua
— 7 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
Paihia
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly:  32​h
London

3
days
Fox Glacier

Get in touch with nature at Fox Glacier and Fox Glacier Hiking Trails. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gillespies Beach and Franz Josef Glacier.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier vacation builder.

London, UK to Fox Glacier is an approximately 39-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 12 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Milford Sound.

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Franz Josef
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Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier

3
days
Milford Sound

Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
Escape the urban bustle at Hollyford Track and Kayaking & Canoeing. Spend the 26th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory.

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You can drive from Fox Glacier to Milford Sound in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Te Anau.

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Outdoors Adventure Tours

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Hollyford Track
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Hollyford Track
Scuba & Snorkeling

8
days
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.
Visiting Routeburn Track and Milford Sound will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kepler Track and Dusky Track. Spend the 30th (Sun) exploring nature at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, take in the dramatic scenery at The Chasm, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take in the awesome beauty at Mitre Peak.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau vacation planner.

You can drive from Milford Sound to Te Anau in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

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Fiordland National Park
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Milford Sound
Routeburn Track

8
days
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Peregrine Wines and Chard Farm Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Otago Central Rail Trail and Kiwi Birdlife Park. Go for a jaunt from Queenstown to Omakau to see Lorimer Shop and Post about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, experience rural life at Walter Peak High Country Farm, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Otago Central Rail Trail, Lorimer Shop and Post
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Otago Central Rail Trail
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Speed Boats Tours

6
days
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 Marlborough Sounds will get you outdoors. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and The Great War Exhibition are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wellington: Blenheim (Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre & Wine Tours & Tastings) and Cloudy Bay (in Rapaura). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and admire the striking features of Old St Paul's.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Wellington vacation planner.

Fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Wellington sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Picton, Blenheim, Cloudy Bay
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Queen Charlotte Track
The Great War Exhibition

3
days
Tongariro National Park

Get in touch with nature at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Ohakune Old Coach Road. Change things up with these side-trips from Tongariro National Park: Turangi (Tongariro National Trout Centre & River Rafting & Tubing).

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Turangi
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Tawhai Falls

6
days
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 Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Caves & Bush Scenic Reserve will get you outdoors. Step out of Waitomo Caves with an excursion to Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the top attractions with Waitomo Adventures - Lost World 4 Hr Option, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, get interesting insight from Waitomo Adventures - Haggas Honking Holes, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

North Island, Hamilton Gardens, Aranui Cave
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Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Nature & Wildlife Tours

7
days
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rotorua Museum and Buried Village of Te Wairoa. Step out of the city life by going to Huka Falls and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Take a break from Rotorua with a short trip to Volcanic Activity Centre in Taupo, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rotorua itinerary maker.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Taupo
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Huka Falls tracks
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline

5
days
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station 1822. Take a break from the city and head to Bream Head Coast Walks and Paihia Harbour. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Footprints Waipoua (in Waipoua Forest), Manginangina Kauri Walk (in Kerikeri) and Te Matua Ngahere Walk (in Opononi). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, steep yourself in history at Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Paihia trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Paihia takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Bream Head Coast Walks, Footprints Waipoua, Tane Mahuta Walk
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bream Head Coast Walks

4
days
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.
Get outdoors at Tiritiri Matangi Island and Rangitoto Island. Auckland Museum and St. Patrick's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Auckland to go to Warkworth and see Tawharanui Regional Park, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, meet the residents at Auckland Zoo, and enjoy the thrill of live dance at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Auckland travel itinerary creator.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Auckland, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

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Tawharanui Regional Park
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Tiritiri Matangi Island
Auckland Museum
Rangitoto Island

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