9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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1
Auckland
— 1 day
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
3
Taupo
— 1 night
4
Queenstown
— 3 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 11th (Sun): get impressive views of One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie) and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland road trip app.

Manila, Philippines to Auckland is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Philippine Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 4 hours. While traveling from Manila, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Nature Parks
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie) ©
One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie)

3
nights
Rotorua

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.
Visiting Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Redwoods Treewalk will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Horseback Riding Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Papamoa Beach (in Papamoa) and Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Government Gardens, take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, take a memorable tour with Tours, and look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua online holiday planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in April, Rotorua is slightly colder at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Papamoa Beach
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach

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Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, and then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Taupo day trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Taupo

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

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nights
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 16th (Fri), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get outside with Arrowtown Village, and then cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Off-Road Tours, thenhike along Queenstown Hill, and then hike along Ben Lomond Track.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Queenstown takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Trails

Side Trip

Arrowtown Village
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Skydiving
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track

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