8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

Make it your trip
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Paihia
— 1 night
Fly
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Paihia Harbour, take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then find something for the whole family at Action World.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Paihia itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Paihia. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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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.
On the 5th (Wed), take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Rotorua sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites
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Taupo

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): laugh and play at Huka Prawn Park, then examine the collection at Taupo Museum, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): stroll through Huka Falls Walkway, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Taupo trip planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums
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Queenstown

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planning website.

Fly from Taupo to Queenstown in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games · Spas
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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.