9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Wellington
1
Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
New Plymouth
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Whakapapa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Taupo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Wai-O-Tapu
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
6
Rotorua
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
7
Kawhia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Auckland
— 1 night
End: Auckland

3
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.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, classes, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, get great views at Mount Victoria, admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, and look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary maker .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Wellington International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

few
hours
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
You've now added Mount Taranaki to your itinerary. On the 27th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Taranaki.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the New Plymouth journey builder website .

Getting from Wellington to New Plymouth by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mount Taranaki
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Mount Taranaki ©
Mount Taranaki

1
night
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing has been added to your itinerary.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Whakapapa trip maker tool .

Getting from New Plymouth to Whakapapa by car takes about 3.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing

1
night
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave as well as Maori Rock Carvings. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, and then make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Taupo online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sun) before leaving for Wai-O-Tapu.

Things to do in Taupo

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Maori Rock Carvings ©
Maori Rock Carvings
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©

few
hours
Wai-O-Tapu

Wai-O-Tapu
For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Wai-O-Tapu road trip planner .

Getting from Taupo to Wai-O-Tapu by car takes about an hour. In December, daytime highs in Wai-O-Tapu are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wai-O-Tapu

Wildlife Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Waitomo Glowworm Caves as well as Redwoods Treewalk. On the 29th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

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Rotorua is very close to Wai-O-Tapu. December in Rotorua sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kawhia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

2
nights
Kawhia

Kawhia ©
Bridal Veil Falls has been added to your itinerary.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kawhia online trip builder .

You can drive from Rotorua to Kawhia in 2.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Tue) before leaving for Auckland.

Things to do in Kawhia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bridal Veil Falls, Coromandel Coastal Walkway
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Coromandel Coastal Walkway ©
Coromandel Coastal Walkway

1
night
Auckland

Auckland ©
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to SkyTower and then enjoy the sand and surf at Karekare Beach.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Auckland online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Kawhia to Auckland takes 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Karekare Beach
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower

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