9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Whitianga
— 1 day
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
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Wellington
— 1 night

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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 5th (Sun): make a trip to The Lost Spring and then take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Whitianga online road trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Whitianga is an approximately 31-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Whitianga is 11 hours. Traveling from Barcelona in August, things will get colder in Whitianga: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whitianga

Beaches · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Hot Water Beach
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Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
The Lost Spring ©
The Lost Spring

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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 6th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, identify plant and animal life at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Hell's Gate, identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip planner.

Getting from Whitianga to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Hell's Gate, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Horseback Riding Tours
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

1
night
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 8th (Wed), get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, then trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Mangawhero Falls.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park trip maker website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails
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Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Whakapapa Nature Walk ©
Whakapapa Nature Walk
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

1
night
Wellington

Wellington
Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the striking features of Old St Paul's and then explore the activities along Oriental Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Wellington holiday planner.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's

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