8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Canberra
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Canberra

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.
On the 8th (Thu), take a stroll through Devonport, then kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland travel planner.

Canberra, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 8.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Canberra to Auckland is 2 hours. Traveling from Canberra in October, you will find days in Auckland are little chillier (17°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

3
nights
Rotorua

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Huka Falls Walkway and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Bring the kids along to Huka Prawn Park and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. Step out of Rotorua to go to Taupo and see Kinloch Beach, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and explore and take pictures at Te Puia.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rotorua visit planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Auckland in October, you will find days in Rotorua are a bit warmer (21°C), and nights are a bit cooler (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Taupo
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Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Hollyford Track and The Remarkables Ski Area. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, play a few rounds at Queenstown Golf Club, and get your game on at Fear Factory Queenstown.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Queenstown sightseeing app.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Queenstown takes 5.5 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 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Queenstown Golf Club ©
Queenstown Golf Club

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