9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hamilton
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Queenstown
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Auckland

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then see the interesting displays at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo and then contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport.

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If you are flying in from India, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In December in Auckland, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 20°C at night. 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: Rotorua (Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, & more), Taupo (Huka Honey Hive, Huka Falls Walkway, & more) and Waitomo Caves (Ruakuri Walk & Waitomo Glowworm Caves). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sapper Horace Moore-Jones commemorative statue, stroll around Victoria on the River, and experience rural life at Ruakura Berry Farm.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Hamilton trip planning app .

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

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Rotorua, Taupo, Waitomo Caves
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then go for a walk through Hapuka Estuary Walk, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and then identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip builder app .

Getting from Hamilton to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Hapuka Estuary Walk, Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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): do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown travel website .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

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