9 days in New Zealand, South Australia & Maldives Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand, South Australia & Maldives Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Adelaide, Australia
— 1 night
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Male, Maldives
— 1 day
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Auckland, New Zealand

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally make a trip to SkyTower.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland trip tool.

Torreon, Mexico to Auckland is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. While traveling from Torreon, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

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Rotorua, New Zealand

— 1 night

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 25th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Rotorua trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in September, you will find days in Rotorua are a bit warmer (19°C), and nights are slightly colder (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

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Queenstown, New Zealand

— 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.
On the 26th (Sun), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. Keep things going the next day: see the world from above with a helicopter tour and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

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

Getting from Rotorua to Queenstown by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Fun & Games · Parks
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Adelaide, Australia

— 1 night
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 28th (Tue), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Adelaide journey app.

Fly from Queenstown to Adelaide in 9 hours. Traveling from Queenstown to Adelaide, you'll gain 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Male.

Things to do in Adelaide

Wineries · Tours
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Male, Maldives

— 1 day
The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): look for gifts at Island Bazaar and then admire the striking features of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque).

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Male holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Adelaide to Male with the Route module. Traveling from Adelaide to Male, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Adelaide in September, expect Male to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Male

Historic Sites · Shopping
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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.

South Australia travel guide

4.5
Wineries & Vineyards · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Largely arid or semi-arid in terms of its climate and geography, South Australia nevertheless boasts several picturesque mountain ranges and grasslands, particularly in its coastal region. Founded in 1836 as a planned colonial province rather than a penal settlement, South Australia has a slightly different modern history than Australia’s other states. Economically prosperous and culturally rich, South Australia boasts a confident, easygoing personality.

Maldives travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.