9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Paihia
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Paihia

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Paihia Harbour and Whangarei Falls. Popular historic sites such as Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station are in your itinerary. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Town Basin (in Whangarei) and Russell (Christ Church & Pompallier Mission and Printery). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia tour website.

Melbourne, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri, Whangarei
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Christ Church ©
Christ Church
Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve ©
Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore hidden gems such as Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Papamoa Beach (in Papamoa) and Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Government Gardens, take in the natural beauty of Kuirau Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip builder website.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Papamoa Beach
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Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

2
nights
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 26th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take the plunge with a skydiving experience. On your second day here, hike along Queenstown Hill, have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally trek along Ben Lomond Track.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown day trip site.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track

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