8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Queenstown
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
4
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Jakarta

1
night
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
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 26th (Thu): have some family-friendly fun at Fear Factory Queenstown and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown online vacation planner .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Queenstown is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Jakarta to Queenstown is 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

1
night
Wellington

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.
On the 28th (Sat), ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Wellington vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Huka Honey Hive, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, don't miss a visit to Amokura Glass, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua journey builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

1
night
Auckland

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.
On the 1st (Wed), brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Auckland online attractions planner .

Getting from Rotorua to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rotorua in December, you will find days in Auckland are little chillier (20°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum

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