8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Medan
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  20​h
1
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Medan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk and then take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip planning tool .

Medan, Indonesia to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 20-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Marakopa Falls ©
Marakopa Falls

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.
Relax by the water at Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Ohope Beach. Get in touch with nature at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, trek along Tikitapu Nature Walk, trot along with a tour on horseback, and identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua holiday planner .

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ohope Beach, Mt Maunganui Main Beach, River Rafting & Tubing, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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 28th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, then explore the activities along Oriental Bay, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Discover how to plan a Wellington trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December in Wellington, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Beaches Parks
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Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum
Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay

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