5 days in New Zealand Itinerary

5 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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5 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Te Puke
Drive:  1​h
1
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Whakapapa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
End: Hastings

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.
Get in touch with nature at Kinloch Beach and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours). There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, make a trip to Te Puia, and contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rotorua tour itinerary maker .

Auckland to Rotorua is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rotorua, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline

1
night
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing, then trek along Taranaki Falls, and then trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Whakapapa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Whakapapa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Whakapapa Nature Walk ©
Whakapapa Nature Walk

1
night
Waitomo Caves

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 29th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then get interesting insight from Tours, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves online attractions planner .

Getting from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

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