10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  6​h
1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Auckland
— 2 nights
End: Auckland

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cardrona Distillery as well as Queenstown Arts Centre. On the 6th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre, steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cardrona Distillery, then hike along Tobins Track, and finally get engrossed in the history at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): explore the landscape on two wheels at Queenstown Trail, then do a tasting at Amisfield Winery, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Lake Hayes Walkway, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Queenstown tour itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Cardrona Distillery
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Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery ©
Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway
Cardrona Distillery ©
Cardrona Distillery

3
nights
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Real Journeys as well as Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the activities along Te Anau Glowworm Caves and then take a memorable tour with Real Journeys.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau tour itinerary maker site .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Real Journeys
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Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, kick back and relax at Scorching Bay, and then look and learn at Space Place at Carter Observatory. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Southward Car Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Paraparaumu Beach, then admire all the interesting features of Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, and finally look for gifts at Fragrifert Parfumeur Victorian Perfumery.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Wellington takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. January in Wellington sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Paraparaumu
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Southward Car Museum ©
Southward Car Museum

2
nights
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Takapuna Beach and Omaha Beach. Auckland War Memorial Museum and Bohemian Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Auckland: Brick Bay Sculpture Trail (in Snells Beach) and Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway (in Orewa). The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the galleries of Black Door Gallery, get interesting insight from Tours, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland online travel planner .

Fly from Wellington to Auckland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Wellington in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Auckland, with lows of 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Bohemian Museum, Omaha Beach, Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Brick Bay Sculpture Trail ©
Brick Bay Sculpture Trail

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