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:  8 h 30 min
1
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: Melbourne

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui) and Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kuirau Park, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary builder .

Melbourne, Australia to Rotorua is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, River Rafting & Tubing, Huka Falls Walkway
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, then contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

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

Getting from Rotorua to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. August in Wellington sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Beaches Parks
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Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Queenstown Hill and Queenstown Trail. Get in touch with nature at Wanaka and Off-Road Tours. There's much more to do: get outside with Arrowtown Village, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, cruise along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip maker website .

Fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Arrowtown Village, Wanaka
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Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Queenstown Trail ©
Queenstown Trail

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