11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand holiday planner

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Queenstown
— 1 night
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
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Auckland
— 1 night
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Queenstown

— 1 night

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown journey planning website.

Sydney, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Adventure

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): hike along Red Tarns Track, then get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and then stroll through Hooker Valley Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): stroll through Ski The Tasman, tour the pleasant surroundings at Glencoe Walk, and then trek along Kea Point Track.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) holiday site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Queenstown to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Taupo

— 2 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 5th (Mon), push the limits with an extreme tour, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, and then stroll through Huka Falls Walkway. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a splash at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by Huka Honey Hive, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Taupo trip itinerary site.

Getting from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Taupo by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks

Rotorua

— 3 nights

Sulphur City

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Waitomo Caves

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, then Head underground at Caveworld, and finally Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Tours

Auckland

— 1 night

City of Sails

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 11th (Sun): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally make a trip to SkyTower.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Auckland, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Wineries · Tours · Shopping

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.