8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 1 day
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
3
Taupo
— 3 nights
4
Queenstown
— 3 nights

1
day
Auckland

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 5th (Sun): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip maker website.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Auckland. In July, daytime highs in Auckland are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Wineries Tours Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
Waitomo Caves

Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, thentrek along Ruakuri Walk, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Auckland to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taupo: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stop by Souvenir Outlet.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Taupo trip planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Taupo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Horseback Riding Tours
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

3
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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a memorable tour with Tours, and fly down the slopes at The Remarkables Ski Area.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Queenstown using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Queenstown takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Fun & Games Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Break One ©
Break One

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