10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 1 night
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Taupo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Tauranga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Auckland

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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.
To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Auckland road trip tool .

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In May, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. You will leave for Waitomo Caves on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
On the 26th (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave and then trek along Ruakuri Walk.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Waitomo Caves fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
Find places to stay May 26 — 27:
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Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, hit the slopes at Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu, hike along Taranaki Falls, then admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ridge Track.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Find places to stay May 27 — 30:
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Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Skydive Taupo, Hukafalls Jet and Taupo Bungy. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): push the limits with Taupo Bungy, then get some thrills on the water with Hukafalls Jet, then push the limits with Skydive Taupo, and finally kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Taupo online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of car and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay May 30 — 31:
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Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach
Skydive Taupo ©
Skydive Taupo
Hukafalls Jet ©
Hukafalls Jet

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Rotorua

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.
Mitai Maori Village has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): gain a rich perspective with Mitai Maori Village, then identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and then take in the natural beauty of Te Puia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, steep yourself in history at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, then take in the natural beauty of Hells Gate, and finally learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua vacation planner.

You can take a bus from Taupo to Rotorua in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Hells Gate
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2:
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park

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Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Mount Otanewainuku.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tauranga itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Tauranga takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Tauranga are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Tauranga

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Mount Otanewainuku
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Mount Otanewainuku ©
Mount Otanewainuku

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