9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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

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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.
You've now added SkyJump and SkyWalk to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): push the limits with SkyJump and SkyWalk and then get impressive views of Mount Eden.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland day trip site .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In August, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Nature Parks Tours
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Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then identify plant and animal life at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
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River Rafting & Tubing

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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. On the 20th (Tue), hit the slopes at Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ridge Track.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and car. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Wed) before leaving for Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Whakapapa Nature Walk ©
Whakapapa Nature Walk
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 list of things to see and do now includes Taupo Bungy, Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, Huka Falls, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): admire the sheer force of Huka Falls, get the adrenaline pumping with Taupo Bungy, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Taupo Tandem Skydiving and then get a new perspective on things with Tongariro River Rafting.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo journey builder site .

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tongariro River Rafting, Huka Falls
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Taupo Tandem Skydiving ©
Taupo Tandem Skydiving
Tongariro River Rafting ©
Tongariro River Rafting
Taupo Bungy ©
Taupo Bungy

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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.
You've added Hobbiton Movie Set, Hells Gate, Mitai Maori Village, and other attractions to your itinerary. It doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rotorua online journey planner .

You can take a bus from Taupo to Rotorua in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in August, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hobbiton Movie Set, Hells Gate
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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Auckland

Auckland
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Drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rotorua in August: highs in Auckland hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 14°C. On the 26th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Outdoors Parks
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