6 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rotorua online route planner.

Auckland to Rotorua is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in December, expect nights in Rotorua to be a bit cooler, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Taupo.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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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.
On the 3rd (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Taupo, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can take a shuttle to Tongariro National Park.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature
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Tongariro National Park — 1 night

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Take a shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Queenstown.
Outdoors · Trails · Parks
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Queenstown — 2 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Park, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planner.

Fly from Tongariro National Park to Queenstown in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Wineries
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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.