8 days in New Zealand & North Island Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand & North Island Itinerary

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Queenstown
— 2 nights
2
Kaikoura
— 1 day
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 day
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights

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.
On the 6th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Queenstown Hill, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, thenview the masterpieces at Silver Fern Gallery, and finally get your game on at Dark Ride.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown road trip planning app.

Melbourne, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Wanaka
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Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Skydiving

1
day
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 9th (Tue), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, thenstroll through Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, thentrek along Ohau Stream Walk, and finally make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura day trip tool.

You can fly from Queenstown to Kaikoura in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Kaikoura

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Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
day
Waitomo Caves

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.
On the 10th (Wed), explore and take pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, stroll through Ruakuri Walk, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and finally Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Kaikoura to Waitomo Caves takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Trails
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Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

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nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Horseback Riding Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Get outdoors at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools and Huka Falls Walkway. When in Rotorua, make a side trip to see Mount Maunganui Base Track in Mount Maunganui, approximately Mount Maunganui away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Lake Track, get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Rotorua are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Huka Falls Walkway, Mount Maunganui Base Track
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Horseback Riding Tours
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

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