10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 45​min
Auckland Central
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h
San Francisco

1
day
Auckland Central

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 23rd (Thu): learn about all things military at Auckland Museum and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary builder.

San Francisco, USA to Auckland is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Auckland, you'll lose 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 66°F in Auckland. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland Central

Museums
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Auckland Museum
Sky Tower

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get your game on at Dark Ride, and then enjoy some diversion at Break One Clay Target Shooting. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Auckland to Queenstown by flight takes about 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
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Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas & Wellness

2
days
Te Anau

Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Milford Sound. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): hike along Routeburn Track and then cruise along Milford Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mitre Peak and then explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau holiday planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Te Anau in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mitre Peak
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Routeburn Track
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound

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.
On the 28th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington travel itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Wellington in 6 hours. Another option is to take a bus. March in Wellington sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums
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Wellington Botanic Garden

3
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.
Step out of Rotorua to go to Taupo and see Huka Falls, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, steep yourself in history at Tamaki Maori Village, trot along with a tour on horseback, and make a trip to Te Puia.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Huka Falls tracks
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Huka Falls tracks
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia

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