16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + bus:  17​h 15​min
1
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Taupo
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
4
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Hot Water Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Waiheke Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
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.
On the 20th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves and then Head underground at Caveworld. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): admire the sheer force of Marokopa Falls Walk, then explore and take pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, and then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves online holiday planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Waitomo Caves is 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Nature Parks
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

1
night
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): trek along Mounds Walk, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, then admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, then hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu.

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Getting from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of taxi, train, and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Te Porere Redoubt ©
Te Porere Redoubt

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kinloch Beach, then stop by Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls tracks.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Taupo trip itinerary site .

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of car and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Golf Shopping
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Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, then contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Papamoa Beach.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Papamoa Beach
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Horseback Riding Tours
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park

2
nights
Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach ©
Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): go for a walk through Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve, then learn about winemaking at Purangi Estate Limited, then take in the exciting artwork at Moko Artspace, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Water Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk, stroll through Cathedral Cove Walk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whangamata Beach.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hot Water Beach online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Rotorua to Hot Water Beach in 3 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Hot Water Beach can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hahei, Whitianga, Whangamata Beach
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Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk
Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach

3
nights
Waiheke Island

Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
On the 29th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Kennedy Point Vineyard and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Stony Batter, then learn about winemaking at Stonyridge Vineyard, and then explore the world behind art at Connells Bay Sculpture Park.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Waiheke Island road trip website .

You can drive from Hot Water Beach to Waiheke Island in 4 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland Central.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Tours Parks Wildlife
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Stonyridge Vineyard ©
Stonyridge Vineyard
Connells Bay Sculpture Park ©
Connells Bay Sculpture Park

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): get impressive views of Mount Eden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo and then stroll through Piha Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Auckland Central trip itinerary tool .

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Waiheke Island to Auckland Central in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Traveling from Waiheke Island in December, you will find days in Auckland Central are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). On the 4th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Piha Beach
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Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

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