8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
4
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 1 night
Bus:  5 h 15 min
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Sydney

1
night
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
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.
On the 28th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk, Head underground at Caveworld, explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thenHead underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Waitomo Caves online travel planner.

Sydney, Australia to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 9-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Waitomo Caves, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds

1
night
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): trek along Mead's Wall, explore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt, trek along Mounds Walk, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, thentrek along Silica Rapids Track, and finally hike along Ridge Track.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Silica Rapids Track ©
Silica Rapids Track
Whakapapa Nature Walk ©
Whakapapa Nature Walk
Te Porere Redoubt ©
Te Porere Redoubt

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.
On the 30th (Tue), enjoy some diversion at Clay Break Taupo, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then cool off at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Whakaipo Bay, thenhave fun at Huka Prawn Park, and then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo trip itinerary app.

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

1
night
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): trek along Glencoe Walk, thenfly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman, and then hike along Hooker Valley Track.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

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

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman

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 3rd (Fri), have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, have some family-friendly fun at Fear Factory Queenstown, have some family-friendly fun at Thrillzone Queenstown, thenget your game on at Dark Ride, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Outside Sports Queenstown, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area, and then get your game on at iFLY Queenstown.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown online trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Queenstown in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Outdoors Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Spas

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