A New Zealand vacation starts in Auckland on the Northern tip of the Pacific. Featuring the America’s Cup Village, the War Memorial, vibrant Queen Street, the Auckland Harbour Bridge and spectacular views, Auckland may take two full days to tour. Rotorua, the Bay of Islands, has Maori roots dating back to their arrival in New Zealand over 1,000 years ago. Experience the Maori culture of traditional carving, weaving and dancing. Heading south on your New Zealand trip, visit Wellington to view the Beehive, New Zealand’s Parliament, historic St. Paul’s Church and the Te Papa Tongawera Museum dedicated to art, history and culture. As you wind your way to the west coast, you will arrive in Queenstown, stopping to view the famous Fran Josef glacier.
Discover Queenstown, where you may enjoy excellent shopping and dining and experience the Safari of the Rings adventure, exploring the scenery where Tolkien’s beloved stories were brought to life in film. Travel to Christchurch to view the Victorian-style buildings, or perhaps experience a demonstration of sheep shearing at one of the local farms. Typically, a New Zealand vacation can consume between 10 to 20 days, depending on how much time you devote to each town.