10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Queenstown
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 5 nights

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Queenstown

Shallow Bay

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), explore the galleries of Queenstown Arts Centre, sample the fine beverages at Cardrona Distillery, then trek 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 grab your bike and head to Lake Hayes Walkway, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary planning tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Queenstown is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

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Queenstown Trail ©
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Queenstown Trail
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Wellington

Harbour Capital

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.
On the 8th (Wed), examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial, then kick back and relax at Lyall Bay, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Scorching Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at C'est Cheese, enjoy the sand and surf at Paraparaumu Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington route site.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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Auckland

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Brick Bay Sculpture Trail and Takapuna Beach. Auckland Museum and Kennedy Point Vineyard are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway (in Orewa), Warkworth (Omaha Beach & Tawharanui Regional Park) and Bohemian Museum (in Puhoi). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Obsidian Vineyard, take in the dramatic scenery at Kitekite Falls, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Bay Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Auckland road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Auckland takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Auckland when traveling from Wellington in January, with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Obsidian Vineyard ©
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Obsidian Vineyard
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