7 days in New Zealand Itinerary

7 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland — 1 day

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.
On the 21st (Thu), go for a stroll along the water at Viaduct Harbour, then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, and then stop by Pauanesia.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland tour itinerary planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Auckland. In May, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Rotorua.
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Rotorua — 1 night

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.
For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in May, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Rotorua. You will leave for Taupo on the 22nd (Fri).
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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.
Taupo Bungy & Swing has been added to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Fri), witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, take in the natural beauty of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and then take a spin around town with Happy Ewe Cycle Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: push the limits with Taupo Bungy & Swing.

Plan trip to Taupo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Palmerston North.
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Palmerston North — 1 night

Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Palmerston North driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Palmerston North in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You will leave for Wellington on the 24th (Sun).
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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Wellington route planner.

You can drive from Palmerston North to Wellington in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Palmerston North in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 12°C in Wellington. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Christchurch.
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Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre and then pause for some photo ops at Chalice Sculpture.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch trip planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Wellington in May, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Oamaru.
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Oamaru — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Oamaru's Victorian Precinct, take an in-depth tour of Whitestone City, then look for gifts at Lazy Cat Pottery and Tileworks, then admire the masterpieces at Forrester Gallery, and finally admire the natural beauty at Oamaru Public Gardens.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Oamaru tour builder tool.

Drive from Christchurch to Oamaru in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.
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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.
On the 26th (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Oamaru to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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.