8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 1 day
2
Taupo
— 2 nights
3
Rotorua
— 1 night
4
Christchurch
— 1 night
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights

1
day
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 15th (Thu): stop by Pauanesia and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland route planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Auckland is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 6.5 hour difference. When traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in April, plan for much colder days in Auckland, with highs around °C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Auckland

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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Pauanesia ©
Pauanesia

2
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, thentake in the natural beauty of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, stop by Huka Honey Hive, thenget interesting insight from Tours, and finally make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip itinerary app.

Getting from Auckland to Taupo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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night
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.
On the 18th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, thentake a memorable tour with Tours, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua planning tool.

Drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Horseback Riding Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Christchurch online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Christchurch takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rotorua in April, with highs in Christchurch at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Fun & Games
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International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): push the limits with an extreme tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Queenstown tour builder.

Getting from Christchurch to Queenstown by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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