8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
1
Paihia
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
3
Te Anau
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

1
day
Paihia

Paihia ©
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 9th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, then admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia trip builder tool .

Sydney, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
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 10th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours, then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls tracks, then view the masterpieces at Lava Glass, and finally take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Huka Prawn Park, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally stop by Souvenir Outlet.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip itinerary maker website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Taupo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Taupo

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls tracks ©
Huka Falls tracks
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn, then hike along The Chasm Walk, and then explore the activities along Milford Sound. Keep things going the next day: trek along Routeburn Track.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Taupo to Te Anau in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

2
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 14th (Mon), get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, explore the galleries of Silver Fern Gallery, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get interesting insight from Tours, and then have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip builder .

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Speed Boats Tours
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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