8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rotorua
— 2 nights
2
Tauranga
— 1 night
3
Thames
— 1 night
4
Auckland
— 1 night
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights

2
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Taupo (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Lake Taupo, &more). There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip builder.

Christchurch to Rotorua is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Christchurch in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rotorua, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Taupo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

1
night
Tauranga

Tauranga
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
On the 29th (Tue), stroll around McLaren Falls Park, walk around Johnson Reserve, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Maunganui Summit Track, and finally stroll through Mount Maunganui Base Track.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tauranga trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Rotorua to Tauranga in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Tauranga can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Thames.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Outdoors Trails
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McLaren Falls Park
McLaren Falls Park

1
night
Thames

Thames ©
Thames is a town at the southwestern end of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Thames First World War Memorial, take in nature's colorful creations at RAPAURA Watergardens, thenstop by Watercolor Studio Gallery, and finally see the interesting displays at Thames School of Mines and Mineralogical Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Thames trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Tauranga to Thames in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Thames are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Thames

Museums Parks Shopping
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RAPAURA Watergardens ©
RAPAURA Watergardens
Thames First World War Memorial ©
Thames First World War Memorial

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 1st (Thu): stop by Kiwa Art, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, thenexplore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and finally make a trip to SkyTower.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Thames to Auckland in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Thames in September, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around °C, while days are slightly colder, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kiwa Art
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki ©
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

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.
On the 2nd (Fri), have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, thenrelax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, enjoy some diversion at Break One, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Auckland to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Break One ©
Break One

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