15 days in Hamilton, Halton and Brant & New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in Hamilton, Halton and Brant & New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in Hamilton, Halton and Brant & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly + bus:  22​h
1
Hamilton, Canada
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
2
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
End: Auckland, New Zealand

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nights
Hamilton, Canada

Hamilton ©
As a major hub of Canada's steel industry, Hamilton remains off the radar for most tourists, though it hosts a slew of vibrant autumn fairs and provides an ideal stop on the way to Niagara Falls.
Hamilton is known for wildlife, museums, nature, fun & games, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at BATL | The Backyard Axe Throwing League, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Hamilton, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and view the masterpieces at Creations Art Gallery & Framing.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hamilton trip builder site .

Auckland, New Zealand to Hamilton is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Hamilton is minus 17 hours. In March, Hamilton is cooler than Auckland - with highs of 4°C and lows of -5°C. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Hamilton

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trip

Burlington
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Dundurn Castle ©
Dundurn Castle
Art Gallery of Hamilton ©
Art Gallery of Hamilton

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Milford Sound in Te Anau, approximately 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, explore the activities along Lake Gunn, push the limits with an extreme tour, and learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown online trip itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hamilton to Queenstown. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Hamilton to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and have some family-friendly fun at OGO Rotorua.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua journey builder .

You can fly from Queenstown to Rotorua in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheltenham Beach, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, and step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island.

Before you visit Auckland, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rotorua in March: highs in Auckland hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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