8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Paihia
— 1 night
2
Taupo
— 3 nights
3
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
4
Wellington
— 2 nights

1
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 9th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

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Brisbane, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

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

3
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Do your shopping at Tukairangi Gallery and Taupo Market. Kids will appreciate attractions like Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and L'Arte. Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Rotorua (New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Volcanic Hills Winery, &more). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, push the limits with an extreme tour, and admire the natural beauty at Lava Glass.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Taupo road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Taupo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 13th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, thentrek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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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 14th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, get around town with Wellington Cable Car, thenwander the streets of Cuba Street, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, thenexplore the activities along Oriental Bay, thentake an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Paddy the Wanderer Monument.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington day trip planning tool.

Fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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