10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— Few hours
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
3
Matamata
— 1 night
4
Rotorua
— 2 nights
5
Taupo
— 1 night
6
Napier
— 2 nights
7
Wellington
— 2 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get impressive views of Mount Eden.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Auckland trip site.

Gold Coast, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Gold Coast to Auckland, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Gold Coast in February, plan for little chillier days in Auckland, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature
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Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip app.

Drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Matamata.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

1
night
Matamata

Matamata ©
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Wairere Falls, examine the collection at Firth Tower Estate and Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Matamata itinerary planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Matamata by car takes about 1.5 hours. February in Matamata sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Matamata

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Wairere Falls, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 7:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wairere Falls ©
Wairere Falls
Firth Tower Estate and Museum ©
Firth Tower Estate and Museum

2
nights
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.
On your second day here, test the waters at a local thermal spa, thentake in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Matamata to Rotorua takes an hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Zipline

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night
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, thenbrowse the exhibits of Tukairangi Gallery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo trip tool.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Napier.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Craters of the Moon ©
Craters of the Moon
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Taupo Museum ©
Taupo Museum

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nights
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 11th (Tue), do a tasting at Mission Estate Winery, contemplate the long history of Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk, thentake in the awesome beauty at Te Mata Peak, thenexplore the galleries of Birdwoods Gallery, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Cape Kidnappers, thenlearn about winemaking at Elephant Hill, and then make a trip to Marine Parade.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Napier visit site.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Napier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Birdwoods Gallery, Elephant Hill, Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk, Te Mata Peak, Cape Kidnappers
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Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Wine Tours & Tastings
Cape Kidnappers ©
Cape Kidnappers

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, thenget great views at Wellington Cable Car, thenwander the streets of Cuba Street, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition and then take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington route site.

You can fly from Napier to Wellington in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Wellington are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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