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:  19​h 15​min
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
San Francisco

3
days
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.
Let the collections at Rotorua Museum and the Zeus Gallery capture your imagination. Step off the beaten path and head to Maunganui Beach and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Take a break from Rotorua with a short trip to Huka Falls tracks in Taupo, about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua travel itinerary creator.

San Francisco, USA to Rotorua is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 20 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Maunganui Beach, Huka Falls tracks, the Zeus Gallery, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park
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Maunganui Beach ©
Maunganui Beach
Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

2
days
Wellington

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, then contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and then examine the collection at The Weta Cave.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
The Weta Cave ©
The Weta Cave

3
days
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Remarkables Ski Area and Skydiving. Get outdoors at Coronet Peak and Queenstown Hill. There's more to do: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown itinerary planner.

Fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

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Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

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