8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Paihia
— 1 day
Fly
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
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Paihia

— 1 day
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 3rd (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get in on the family fun at Action World.

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Auckland to Paihia is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Queenstown trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Queenstown takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to fly to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Queenstown

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Waitomo Caves

— 1 night
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Waitomo Caves by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, stroll through Huka Falls Walkway, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Here are some ideas for day two: pick up some local products at Taupo Market, then get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Taupo trip maker website.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Taupo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip builder tool.

Drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

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.