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
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
2
Rotorua
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h
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.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Auckland trip planner .

Townsville, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Townsville to Auckland. 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. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Mon) before leaving for Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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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 3D Trick Art Gallery, Te Puia and Tamaki Maori Village. On the 30th (Mon), catch some excitement at 3D Trick Art Gallery and then get a taste of local nightlife at Tamaki Maori Village.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip planner.

Drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Auckland in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Rotorua: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Historic Sites Nightlife Nature
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 1:
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Te Puia ©
Te Puia
3D Trick Art Gallery ©
3D Trick Art Gallery

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Steamer Wharf as well as Minus 5° ICE BAR. Take a break from Queenstown with a short trip to Milford Sound Fly - Cruise - Fly in Te Anau, about 2 hours away. It doesn't end there: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown day trip site .

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. On the 5th (Sat), you're off toAuckland.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games

Side Trip

Milford Sound Fly - Cruise - Fly
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Minus 5° ICE BAR ©
Minus 5° ICE BAR

1
night
Auckland

Auckland
To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Auckland travel route website .

Getting from Queenstown to Auckland by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. On the 6th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Outdoors Parks
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