8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
Fly + Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Whitianga
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  14​h 30​min
End: Jakarta

1
night
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of The Lost Spring, take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach, and then stroll through Hahei Beach Walk.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Whitianga trip itinerary planning tool .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Whitianga is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Jakarta to Whitianga. Traveling from Jakarta in May, expect Whitianga to be much colder, temps between 20°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hot Water Beach, Hahei Beach Walk
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Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
The Lost Spring ©
The Lost Spring

2
nights
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.
On the 8th (Tue), trot along with a tour on horseback, then explore the striking landscape at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, admire the masterpieces at Rotorua Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Gardens.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua online vacation planner .

Drive from Whitianga to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Rotorua are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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Horseback Riding Tours
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Glenorchy-Queenstown Road. Step off the beaten path and head to Skydiving and Arrowtown Village. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Queenstown Hill, have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, and admire the masterpieces at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Queenstown takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Arrowtown
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Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road ©
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

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