7 days in New Zealand Itinerary

7 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
2
Waitomo Caves
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Rotorua
— 1 day
Fly

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Auckland

— 1 night

City of Sails

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to SkyTower, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Woodhill Mountain Bike Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Muriwai Gannet Colony, and finally admire the striking features of Hundertwasser's Pavilion for Nature. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then grab your bike and head to Nelson Street Cycleway, and then stroll around Albert Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland itinerary planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Auckland, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, you will find days in Auckland are little chillier (20°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Tours · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:

Waitomo Caves

— 4 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours and Timber Trail NZ. Venture out of the city with trips to Nevalea Alpacas (in Taumarunui) and Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari (in Pukeatua). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and relax in the rural setting at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm.

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You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 6:

Rotorua

— 1 day

Sulphur City

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, stop by Eat Street, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Rotorua sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Adventure · Tours · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.