10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly

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Queenstown

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ben Lomond Track and Off-Road Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Queenstown Cemetery. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, stroll through Browns Ski Shop, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at The Remarkable Sweetshop - Queenstown.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown attractions planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Queenstown is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Riyadh to Queenstown. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then see the interesting displays at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Waitomo Caves takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

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Rotorua

— 3 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore 3D Trick Art Gallery and New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Get some historical perspective at St. Faith's Anglican Church and Te Puia. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Papamoa Beach (in Papamoa) and Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Base Track & Mount Maunganui Summit Track). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua trip app.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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.