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Auckland — 1 day

City of Sails

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.
On the 12th (Wed), brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum and then stroll through Browns Bay Beach.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Auckland route planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Auckland. In October, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Rotorua.
Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Rotorua — 1 night

Sulphur City

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore and take pictures at Te Puia, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then browse for treasures at Rotorua Antiques & Collectables, and finally take an in-depth tour of Rotorua Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Auckland in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Rotorua, with highs around 21°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Taupo.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
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Taupo — 1 night

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Lava Glass, then get a taste of the local shopping with Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly to Queenstown.
Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches
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Queenstown — 1 night

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 15th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Park, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, then browse the exhibits of Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown travel route website.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Queenstown takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Fun & Games · Museums · Spas · Shopping
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New Zealand travel guide

Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.