8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Moscow
Fly:  28​h
1
Wellington
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  8​h 15​min
2
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 30​min
3
Taupo
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Paihia
— 1 night
Fly:  30​h
End: Moscow

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 6th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa).

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Wellington trip planning tool .

Moscow, Russia to Wellington is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Moscow to Wellington, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Wellington is much warmer than Moscow - with highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 7th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, then trek along Moraine Walk, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Franz Josef Glacier, and then hike along Hooker Valley Track.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Fox Glacier in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hooker Valley Track, Franz Josef Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

1
day
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 9th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Tukairangi Gallery, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then hike along Huka Falls Walkway.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Taupo online tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Fox Glacier to Taupo by combination of car and flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Trails
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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night
Paihia

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
On the 10th (Tue), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia online trip planner .

You can fly from Taupo to Paihia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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