10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  5​h
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Whitianga
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
4
Taupo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Auckland
— Few hours
Fly:  7​h
End: Melbourne

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.
To find more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary planning app .

Melbourne, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Auckland is 2 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in February, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Whitianga.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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2
nights
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hot Water Beach as well as Cathedral Cove Walk. On the next day, take in the pleasant sights at Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve, hike along Cathedral Cove Walk, kick back and relax at Hot Water Beach, then make a trip to The Lost Spring, and finally learn about winemaking at Mercury Bay Estate.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Whitianga vacation planner.

Getting from Auckland to Whitianga by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Auckland in February, Whitianga is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hobbiton Movie Set, Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove Walk
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
The Lost Spring ©
The Lost Spring

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.
On the 26th (Wed), take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa, then take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and then whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip maker tool .

You can drive from Whitianga to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In February in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Spas
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Thermal Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids and then explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Rotorua to Taupo in an hour. Another option is to drive. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sun) before leaving for Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Craters of the Moon ©
Craters of the Moon
Aratiatia Rapids ©
Aratiatia Rapids
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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.
To see maps and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves tour itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Taupo to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature
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Caveworld ©
Caveworld
Marakopa Falls ©
Marakopa Falls
Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk ©
Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk

1
night
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
For where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton driving holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bridal Veil Falls
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Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

few
hours
Auckland

Auckland
To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Auckland attractions website .

You can drive from Hamilton to Auckland in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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