12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand sightseeing planner
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
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Taupo
— 2 nights
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Wellington
— 1 night
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Rotorua — 2 nights

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 4th (Sun), take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rotorua travel route builder app.

San Francisco, USA to Rotorua is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 20 hours traveling from San Francisco to Rotorua. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect Rotorua to be little chillier, temps between 58°F and 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Taupo.
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Taupo — 2 nights

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 6th (Tue), push the limits with an extreme tour, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, find something for the whole family at Mind Junction, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in the natural beauty of Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo tour builder website.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can fly to Wellington.
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Wellington — 1 night

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 8th (Thu), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Wellington trip builder app.

Fly from Taupo to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Queenstown.
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Queenstown — 4 nights

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Family-friendly places like Skyline Queenstown and Kiwi Park will thrill your kids. Take a break from Queenstown with a short trip to UnderDog Sled Dog Tours in Cardrona, about 52 minutes away. On the 9th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Coronet Peak, trek along Queenstown Hill, view the masterpieces at Silver Fern Gallery, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Queenstown planner.

Fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Auckland.
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Auckland — 2 nights

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 13th (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland visit planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Auckland in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.
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