9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Fly:  1​h
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
3
Rotorua
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Hinuera
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
5
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Canberra

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Auckland Domain as well as Auckland Zoo.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland Central tour itinerary planner .

Canberra, Australia to Auckland Central is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Canberra to Auckland Central, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Canberra in April, expect much warmer with lows of 23°C in Auckland Central. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo
Auckland Domain ©
Auckland Domain

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Marokopa Falls Walk as well as Kiwi Cave Rafting. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): relax and float downstream with Kiwi Cave Rafting and then take in the dramatic scenery at Marokopa Falls Walk.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves day trip planner .

You can drive from Auckland Central to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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Kiwi Cave Rafting ©
Kiwi Cave Rafting
Marakopa Falls ©
Marakopa Falls

4
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hells Gate, Huka Falls tracks, Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, and other attractions. Get in touch with nature at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Redwoods Treewalk.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hinuera.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hells Gate, Huka Falls Walkway
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

few
hours
Hinuera

Hinuera ©
Hinuera's claim to fame is Hobbiton, the setting for the shires in the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies by New Zealand director Peter Jackson.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wairere Falls as well as Hobbiton Movie Set. On the 27th (Fri), take a memorable excursion with Hobbiton Movie Set and then admire the sheer force of Wairere Falls.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hinuera road trip planning website .

Drive from Rotorua to Hinuera in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Auckland Central.

Things to do in Hinuera

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Wairere Falls
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wairere Falls ©
Wairere Falls

2
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Muriwai Gannet Colony, Palm Springs Hot Pool and Piha Beach.

Start your trip to Auckland Central by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Hinuera to Auckland Central takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Hinuera in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Auckland Central. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Piha Beach, Palm Springs Hot Pool, Muriwai Gannet Colony
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Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach

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