11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  18​h
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h
Waiheke Island
— 1 night
bus + ferry:  1​h 30​min
Auckland Central
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Warkworth
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Queenstown

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, spas, parks, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, take a memorable tour with Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Remarkables Ski Area.

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San Francisco, USA to Queenstown is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 20 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

#Outdoors, #Fun & Games, #Winter Sports
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get around town with Wellington Cable Car, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa).

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August in Wellington, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

#Museums, #Parks, #Transportation

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Wellington Botanic Garden
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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nights
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.
On the 27th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Rotorua Museum, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, then make a trip to Te Puia, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Lake Okareka Walkway, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua visit planner .

Getting from Wellington to Rotorua by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Rotorua are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Rotorua

#Spas, #Parks, #Nature
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Horseback Riding Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

1
night
Waiheke Island

Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
On the 29th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Connells Bay Sculpture Park and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Waiheke Island trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Rotorua to Waiheke Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in August, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland Central.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

#Tours, #Museums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Connells Bay Sculpture Park ©
Connells Bay Sculpture Park

1
night
Auckland Central

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.
On the 30th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, and then look for gifts at Pauanesia.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland Central trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Waiheke Island to Auckland Central in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Waiheke Island in August: highs in Auckland Central hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Warkworth.

Things to do in Auckland Central

#Museums, #Shopping
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Pauanesia ©
Pauanesia

1
night
Warkworth

Warkworth ©
Warkworth is a town on the Northland Peninsula in the upper North Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Tawharanui Regional Park and then don't miss a visit to Matakana Village.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Warkworth road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Auckland Central to Warkworth takes an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Warkworth

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Matakana Village
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Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park
Matakana Village ©
Matakana Village

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