9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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San Francisco
Fly:
16​h 45​min
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:
4​h
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:
3​h 15​min
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:
3​h
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:
19​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 28th (Sun): stop by Pauanesia, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Auckland is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 20 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you will find days in Auckland are slightly colder (59°F), and nights are a bit warmer (59°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

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Auckland Museum
Sky Tower
Pauanesia

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 29th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. On the next day, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, then get your game on at Dark Ride, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown sightseeing planner.

Getting from Auckland to Queenstown by flight takes about 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

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 31st (Wed), take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Wellington travel itinerary creator.

You can fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Areas Museums
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Wellington Botanic Garden
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Hobbiton Movie Set Tours (in Hinuera) and Huka Falls tracks (in Taupo). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, contemplate the long history of Tamaki Maori Village, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip builder.

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hobbiton Movie Set Tours, Huka Falls tracks
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Hobbiton Movie Set Tours
Huka Falls tracks

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