10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Paihia
— 1 night
Fly
2
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Taupo
— 1 night
Drive
4
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Fly
5
Queenstown
— 1 night
Bus
6
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Melbourne

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Paihia

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paihia Harbour, steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read Paihia online holiday planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Rotorua

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rotorua day trip planning app.

Getting from Paihia to Rotorua by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure
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Taupo

— 1 night

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.
On the 28th (Tue), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hike along Huka Falls Walkway, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo holiday builder.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
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Waitomo Caves

— 1 night
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.
On the 29th (Wed), get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Waitomo Caves vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Taupo to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Queenstown.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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Queenstown

— 1 night

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown travel route planning app.

Fly from Waitomo Caves to Queenstown in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games · Spas · Outdoors · Parks
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Te Anau

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Te Anau side-trips: Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). On the 1st (Sat), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, trek along The Chasm Walk, stop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ivan Wilson Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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New Zealand travel guide

4.5
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.