8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  6 h
1
Queenstown
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Dunedin
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
5
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h
End: Melbourne

1
night
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, then cast your line with a fishing tour, then get engrossed in the history at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, and finally grab your bike and head to Lake Hayes Walkway.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary builder tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Queenstown. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Arrowtown
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery ©

1
night
Dunedin

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, then get some fabulous bargains at Happy Hens, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Dunedin trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Queenstown to Dunedin in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Dunedin

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
First Church of Otago ©
First Church of Otago
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rapaki Track, then steep yourself in history at Taylors Mistake - Awaroa / Godley Head Walk, and finally stroll through Corsair Bay.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch visit planner.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Christchurch takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. January in Christchurch sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial ©

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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.
On the 18th (Sat), stroll through Orongorongo Track, hike along Catchpool Loop Walk, examine the collection at The One Room Fan Museum, then do a tasting at Te Aro Wine, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Tonga Island Marine Reserve.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Wellington tour website .

Fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Wellington when traveling from Christchurch in January, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Lower Hutt, Tonga Island Marine Reserve
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Orongorongo Track ©
Orongorongo Track
Tonga Island Marine Reserve ©
Tonga Island Marine Reserve
Catchpool Loop Walk ©
Catchpool Loop Walk

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Government Gardens, appreciate the history behind Arawa War Memorial Statue, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally hike along Blue Lake Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Michael's Catholic Church, and then identify plant and animal life at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua route maker site .

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. January in Rotorua sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Government Gardens ©
Government Gardens
St Michael's Catholic Church ©
St Michael's Catholic Church
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre ©

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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.
To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Auckland online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rotorua in January, you will find days in Auckland are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Stockade Hill
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St Matthew-in-the-City Church ©
St Matthew-in-the-City Church
Highwic ©
Highwic
Stockade Hill ©
Stockade Hill

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