11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Waiheke Island
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + bus + Fly + taxi:  4​h
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Taupo
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 45​min
End: Auckland

1
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.
On the 25th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Auckland War Memorial Museum, then get impressive views of Mount Eden, and then buy something for everyone on your list at The Strand Arcade. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Rangitoto Island, contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally don't miss a visit to Sky Tower.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Auckland online holiday planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Auckland. In August in Auckland, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Museums
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Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Rangitoto Island ©
Rangitoto Island

3
nights
Waiheke Island

Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then look for gifts at Rangihoua Estate, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Mudbrick Vineyard, identify plant and animal life at Stony Batter, then do a tasting at Stonyridge Vineyard, and finally admire the masterpieces at Connells Bay Sculpture Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Waiheke Island online trip builder .

Drive from Auckland to Waiheke Island in 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Auckland in August since evenings lows in Waiheke Island dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Tours Wineries Parks
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Horseback Riding Tours
Connells Bay Sculpture Park ©
Connells Bay Sculpture Park
Rangihoua Estate ©
Rangihoua Estate

3
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.
Head to 3D Trick Art Gallery and New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institutefor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, take in the exciting artwork at Helium Gallery, take a memorable tour with Tours, and make a trip to Te Puia.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rotorua online journey planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Waiheke Island to Rotorua in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

3
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Shop till you drop at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary and Lava Glass. Get outdoors at Huka Falls Walkway and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, and take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo attractions planner.

You can take a bus from Rotorua to Taupo in an hour. Another option is to drive. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

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