9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 45​min
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
San Francisco

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): stop by Pauanesia, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland online itinerary creator.

San Francisco, USA to Auckland is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 20 hours traveling from San Francisco to Auckland. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 59°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

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Auckland Museum
Sky Tower
Pauanesia

3
days
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, parks, spas, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Garden.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Auckland to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

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Lake Wakatipu
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Skyline Queenstown

4
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.
On the 5th (Mon), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Milford Sound, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mitre Peak, and explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau vacation trip planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mitre Peak
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Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound
Routeburn Track

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