3 days in Rotorua District & Papamoa Itinerary

3 days in Rotorua District & Papamoa Itinerary

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3 days in Rotorua District & Papamoa Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Drive:  3 h 30 min
— 1 day
Drive:  30 min
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
End: Auckland


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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip planner .

Auckland to Rotorua is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Auckland in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Rotorua: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Papamoa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland


Papamoa ©
Papamoa Beach is a suburb of Tauranga, located about 11 kilometres from the city centre. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mataatua: The House That Came Home. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Classic Flyers Aviation Museum, examine the collection at Mataatua: The House That Came Home, then look for all kinds of wild species at Experience Comvita, and finally kick back and relax at Papamoa Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Papamoa driving holiday site .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Papamoa takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Papamoa

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Classic Flyers Aviation Museum, Mataatua: The House That Came Home, Experience Comvita, Mount Otanewainuku
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Experience Comvita ©
Experience Comvita
Mount Otanewainuku ©
Mount Otanewainuku
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach