10 days in New Zealand & Santa Clara Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand & Santa Clara Itinerary

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10 days in New Zealand & Santa Clara Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  18​h
1
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  21​h 30​min
4
Santa Clara, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
End: San Francisco, United States

2
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Maori Rock Carvings, Huka Falls Walkway, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, don't miss a visit to Te Puia, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

Plan a trip to Rotorua easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

San Francisco, USA to Rotorua is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco to Rotorua, you'll lose 20 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Rotorua is a bit warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 74°F and lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

2
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 16th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Fallen Soldiers Memorial, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and finally get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): have fun at Break One, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planner.

Fly from Rotorua to Queenstown in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

2
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): trek along The Chasm Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Te Anau, then look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, and then take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Te Anau trip simple and quick.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

1
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Santa Clara, United States

Santa Clara ©
Santa Clara is a city in Santa Clara County, California. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Peace Church, get lost in a book at Central Park Library, and then admire the natural beauty at Mission Santa Clara de Asis.

To see ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Clara trip itinerary maker site .

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Santa Clara with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 20 hours traveling from Te Anau to Santa Clara. In January, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Historic Sites Parks
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Our Lady of Peace Church ©
Our Lady of Peace Church
Central Park Library ©
Central Park Library
Mission Santa Clara de Asis ©
Mission Santa Clara de Asis

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