8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 1 night
2
Rotorua
— 2 nights
3
Taupo
— 1 night
4
Wellington
— 1 night
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights

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 8th (Tue), learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, thenexplore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, thenstop by Pauanesia, and finally make a trip to SkyTower.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Auckland day trip website.

Brisbane, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Auckland due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Brisbane, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Shopping
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki ©
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

2
nights
Rotorua

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, thenget impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, don't miss a visit to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, thenidentify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Auckland in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Rotorua, with highs around °C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

1
night
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 11th (Fri), look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, thenget a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo travel route planning app.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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 12th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, get great views at Wellington Cable Car, thenexamine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Wellington trip planner.

Fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Transportation Historic Sites
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

2
nights
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 13th (Sun): have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, thenenjoy some diversion at Break One, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Break One ©
Break One

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