10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Dallas
Fly:  26​h
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
Auckland
— Few hours
Fly:  23​h 45​min
Dallas

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Tamaki Maori Village, then make a trip to Te Puia, and then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua travel planner.

Dallas, USA to Rotorua is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Dallas to Rotorua. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wellington.

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Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia

1
day
Wellington

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Rotorua to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. February in Wellington sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

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Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car

2
days
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 13th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Wellington in February, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

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Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum
Cardboard Cathedral

2
days
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 15th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then push the limits with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Auckland.

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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Skyline Queenstown
Spas & Wellness

1
day
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.
On the 17th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Auckland tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Auckland takes 4 hours. In February, daytime highs in Auckland are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

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Auckland Museum
Sky Tower

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