6 days in New Zealand Itinerary

6 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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6 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  27​h
1
Queenstown
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Rotorua
— 1 day
3
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Newark

1
night
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
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 3rd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, then view the masterpieces at Silver Fern Gallery, and finally get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally get your game on at Dark Ride.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Queenstown tour itinerary maker .

Newark, USA to Queenstown is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Queenstown is 17 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
day
Rotorua

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 5th (Sat): test the waters at a local thermal spa, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and finally take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip planner .

You can fly from Queenstown to Rotorua in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. January in Rotorua sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland Central.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature Parks Spas
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Horseback Riding Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

1
night
Auckland

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland Central tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland Central in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rotorua in January: highs in Auckland Central hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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