9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Paihia
— 1 night
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Taupo
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 1 night
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Christchurch
— 1 night
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Hokitika
— 1 night
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Queenstown
— 2 nights

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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.
On the 18th (Mon), get in on the family fun at Action World and then take a memorable tour with Bay of Islands Kayaking. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, then steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and finally see the world from above with Salt Air.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Paihia vacation planning site.

Queenstown to Paihia is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 19:
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Bay of Islands Kayaking ©
Bay of Islands Kayaking
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Salt Air ©
Salt Air

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Taupo

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 20th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, then make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): stop by Huka Honey Hive, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, and finally admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Taupo trip planner.

You can fly from Paihia to Taupo in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Rotorua

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 22nd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rotorua trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 22:
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Horseback Riding Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Christchurch takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Rotorua in January, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:
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Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tunnel Terrace Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Kaniere, then take in the exciting artwork at Hokitika Craft Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Wilderness Gallery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hokitika online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Christchurch to Hokitika in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:
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Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Lake Kaniere ©
Lake Kaniere
Shantytown Heritage Park ©
Shantytown Heritage Park

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

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 25th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. On the next day, take a memorable tour with Tours, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour.

Start your trip to Queenstown by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Hokitika to Queenstown takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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