9 days in Auckland, Rotorua & Queenstown Itinerary

9 days in Auckland, Rotorua & Queenstown Itinerary

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9 days in Auckland, Rotorua & Queenstown Itinerary

Start: Townsville
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
2
Rotorua
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Queenstown
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Townsville

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Auckland Zoo.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland online trip itinerary planner .

Townsville, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Townsville in September, expect nights in Auckland to be a bit cooler, around 15°C, while days are much colder, around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

1
night
Rotorua

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Te Puia as well as Tamaki Maori Village. On the 30th (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia and then get a taste of local nightlife at Tamaki Maori Village.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in September, expect nights in Rotorua to be slightly colder, around 10°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 19°C. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Historic Sites Nightlife Parks
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Tamaki Maori Village ©
Tamaki Maori Village
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

5
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.
You've now added Minus 5° ICE BAR to your itinerary. It doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Queenstown takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Nightlife
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Minus 5° ICE BAR ©
Minus 5° ICE BAR

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