8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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Taupo
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 2 nights
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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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and do a tasting at Peregrine Wines.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown online holiday planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Queenstown is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Riyadh to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to fly to Taupo.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

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.
On the 29th (Sat), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, then stop by Huka Honey Hive, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Taupo in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Taupo

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:

Auckland

— 2 nights

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 31st (Mon), brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Auckland visit app.

You can fly from Taupo to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Tours · Wineries · Shopping
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:

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.