8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Turangi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Whitianga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Auckland

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 4th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Marokopa Falls Walk, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves visit planner.

Auckland to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Turangi.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature
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Marakopa Falls ©
Marakopa Falls
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

2
nights
Turangi

Turangi ©
Turangi is a small town on the west bank of the Tongariro River, 50 kilometres south-west of Taupo on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand. Tongariro Alpine Crossing has been added to your itinerary. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Turangi trip builder tool .

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Turangi in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Rotorua.

Things to do in Turangi

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, Tama Lakes
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Te Porere Redoubt ©
Te Porere Redoubt

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.
Visit Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Ohope Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Papamoa Beach (in Papamoa) and Pilot Bay (in Mount Maunganui). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, get interesting insight from Tours, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planner .

You can drive from Turangi to Rotorua in 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tauranga, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Ohope Beach, Papamoa Beach, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

1
night
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): don't miss a visit to The 309 Road.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Whitianga online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Whitianga takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hahei, The 309 Road, Hot Water Beach
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Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk

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