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Queenstown — 1 night

Shallow Bay

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Park, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Taupo.
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Taupo — 2 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

On the 29th (Sat), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Huka Falls Walkway, and finally gear up at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then cool off at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, and finally make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Taupo trip planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Taupo in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rotorua.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks
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Rotorua — 2 nights

Sulphur City

On the 1st (Mon), contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then take in the natural beauty of Te Puia. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rotorua trip itinerary app.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. April in Rotorua sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Paihia.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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Paihia — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and then steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paihia vacation planning website.

Fly from Rotorua to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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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.

North Island travel guide

The Fish of Māui
Home to both New Zealand's capital city and its most populous one, North Island remains the more urbane and modern of the country's two main islands. With a wealth of museums and places of historical importance, the island tells the story of New Zealand's inhabitants, from the native Maoris and European settlers to the cosmopolitan and inclusive population of the modern era. Away from the industrial and cultural centers, a tour of North Island can take you through the impressive and world-renowned landscape of deep gorges, rolling rivers, enormous lakes, and areas of volcanic activity--home to an amazing biodiversity of terrestrial and marine animal and plant life. Active vacationers on North Island may appreciate the extreme sports, and don't miss a chance to relax in its hot water springs.