9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Tauranga
— 2 nights
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Taupo
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 2 nights

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Wellington

Wellington

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
On the 12th (Sat), get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then pause for some photo ops at John Plimmer Statue, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Keep things going the next day: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Wellington online trip maker.

Queenstown to Wellington is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In December in Wellington, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Mon) before leaving for Tauranga.

Things to do in Wellington

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): look for gifts at Pohutukawa Gallery and then trek along Mount Maunganui Summit Track. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Te Koutu, don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, and then admire the sheer force of McLaren Falls Park.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tauranga online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Tauranga in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tauranga can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tauranga

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

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Helicopter Tour
Aerius Helicopters
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Skydiving
Skydive Tauranga
4.9

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Taupo

Taupo ©

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

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Waterfall
Huka Falls Walkway
4.7

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Rotorua

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.
On the 19th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Okere Falls Track, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then make a trip to Amokura Glass, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Rotorua sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Nature

Side Trips

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Must see
Zipline
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Hot Spring
Te Puia
4.4

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