9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly to Auckland International Airport, Drive to Whitianga
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Whitianga
— 1 day
Drive
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Wellington
— 1 night
Fly

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Whitianga

— 1 day
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): boost your wellbeing at The Lost Spring and then kick back and relax at Hot Water Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Whitianga road trip planning website.

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. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Barcelona in August, with highs in Whitianga at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whitianga

Nature · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 6:

Rotorua

— 3 nights

Sulphur City

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), tour the pleasant surroundings at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, tour the pleasant surroundings at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally whizz through the canopy at Redwoods Treewalk. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Hell's Gate Geothermal Reserve & Mud Spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua tour itinerary builder website.

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 bus and shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 8:

Tongariro National Park

— 1 night
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 fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 9:

Wellington

— 1 night

Harbour Capital

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): pause for some serene contemplation at Old St Paul's and then explore the activities along Oriental Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings 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 2.5 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 catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 10:

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.