9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Auckland
— 1 night
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
4
Te Anau
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

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.
Plan my day in Auckland using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Brisbane, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Brisbane in September, plan for cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Fun & Games
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Room Escape Games

1
night
Waitomo Caves

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 22nd (Sun): trek along Ruakuri Walk, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves itinerary planner .

Getting from Auckland to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

2
nights
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 23rd (Mon): look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, then find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Taupo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): hike along The Chasm Walk and then explore the activities along Milford Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Te Anau and then identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Te Anau using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Taupo to Te Anau takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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 27th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, then learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, then do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Queenstown attractions planner .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours
Spas

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