9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 1 night
2
Hamilton
— 4 nights
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
4
Queenstown
— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, thensee the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo and then wander the streets of Devonport.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland online trip planner.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

4
nights
Hamilton

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hamilton: Taupo (Huka Honey Hive, Huka Falls Walkway, &more), Rotorua (Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, &more) and Waitomo Caves (Ruakuri Walk & Waitomo Glowworm Caves). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens, appreciate the history behind Sapper Horace Moore-Jones commemorative statue, stroll around Victoria on the River, and relax in the rural setting at Ruakura Berry Farm.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Hamilton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Rotorua, Taupo, Waitomo Caves
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
nights
Wellington

Wellington
Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
On the 11th (Wed), examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, thentake in the pleasant sights at Hapuka Estuary Walk, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and then look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington travel route website.

Fly from Hamilton to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Wellington, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Wellington Botanic Garden, Hapuka Estuary Walk
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

1
night
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 13th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Chard Farm Winery ©
Chard Farm Winery

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