New Zealand, here I come! I decided to take the plunge and book a trip to New Zealand, which I’ve been dreaming of for the past three years. If I like it enough, I’ll look into making it my next long-term stop.
Here are the activities that I’m looking at (if I can get my work done early enough for leisure time).
Pro tip: New Zealand’s popular ride-sharing service (like Uber) is called Takeme. Get some data and download the app so you never get stuck somewhere without a ride.
Day 1 – Fly into Auckland
I fly in a little before dinner, so I’m giving myself some time to make my way to Hotel Mercure Auckland and settle in.
Note on this hotel: not ideal for remote workers since they only provide WiFi in their lobby.
Day 2 – Auckland
A few places I’d like to see, all within the same general vicinity. Still trying to choose my favorite one or two.
- Auckland War Memorial Museum – Tamaki Paenga Hira
- New Zealand Maritime Museum – Hui Te Ananui a Tangaroa (8 minute walk from my hotel)
- Auckland Art Gallery
- University of Auckland (it’s close to Albert Park and the art gallery)
- MOTAT – Museum of Transport and Technology
- Auckland Zoo
- Visit a park (perhaps the Western Springs Park near the zoo)
One Tree Hill
Note: Museum entry is usually free for people with an Auckland address, which shows a very cool commitment to local education.
Day 3 – Fly to Queenstown
If there’s time, I want to check out the tea selection at T2 in Auckland before heading to the airport.
Transit days are best counted as pure transit–don’t plan anything big before a flight. If you get to do something fun and relaxing along the way, consider it a bonus.
Day 4 to 8 – Queenstown
Fun things to do in Queenstown. I booked a room at Sherwood and love their customer service already. Plus, there’s free WiFi all around the hotel so I can work anywhere I want.
Things to do below.
- Go wine tasting (this one is a must for any of my itineraries)
- Skippers Canyon tour and jetboat ride
- Explore Milford Sound (someone recommended this bus tour/cruise)
- Gondola and stargazing
- Glacier tour (plus, they have hot springs!)
- Learn to ski
Day 9 – Fly to Auckland
Transit day. Great opportunity to visit a park or walk to a library.
Day 10 – Auckland
Do whatever I couldn’t do in Auckland previously. Alternatively, Lord of the Rings fans can visit Waitomo and Hobbiton, where the movie was filmed.
Day 11 – Fly out of Auckland
Bye, New Zealand! Whakawhetai koe!
Note: the feature image for this post was taken at Milford Sound, New Zealand by Jasper van der Meij.