10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— Few hours
2
Hahei
— 2 nights
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
4
Napier
— 1 night
5
Taupo
— 2 nights
6
Waitomo Caves
— 1 day
7
Hamilton
— 2 nights

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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 17th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Browns Bay Beach and then take a stroll through Ponsonby.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Auckland attractions planning site.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Auckland. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hahei.

Things to do in Auckland

Shopping · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Browns Bay Beach
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Ponsonby ©
Ponsonby
Browns Bay Beach ©
Browns Bay Beach

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Hahei

Hahei ©
To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Hahei road trip planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Hahei in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Auckland in October, Hahei is a bit cooler at night with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Hahei

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Hot Water Beach
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Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take a stroll through Eat Street, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and then contemplate the long history of Government Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: push the limits with an extreme tour, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, then contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua tour site.

Getting from Hahei to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Napier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Waikite Valley Thermal Pools ©
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Eat Street ©
Eat Street

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Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 21st (Wed), learn about winemaking at Brookfields Vineyards, do a tasting at Ash Ridge Wines, then do a tasting at Moana Park Winery, then learn about winemaking at Linden Estate Winery, and finally hike along Ahuriri Estuary Walk.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Napier route maker site.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Napier takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Napier

Wineries · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ash Ridge Wines
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Brookfields Vineyards ©
Brookfields Vineyards
Moana Park Winery ©
Moana Park Winery
Linden Estate Winery ©
Linden Estate Winery

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Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 22nd (Thu), grab your bike and head to Great Lake Trail, then stroll through Kinloch Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and finally shop like a local with Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire. Here are some ideas for day two: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then cast your line with a fishing tour, then examine the collection at Taupo Museum, and finally explore the activities along Lake Taupo.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Taupo sightseeing planner.

Drive from Napier to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Lake Taupo
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Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

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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 24th (Sat): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, appreciate the history behind Statue of shearer, then see the interesting displays at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Getting from Taupo to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Te Kuiti
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the 25th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Church of St Peter, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Sapper Horace Moore-Jones commemorative statue. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Hamilton Zoo and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hamilton New Zealand Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Hamilton

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Cathedral Church of St Peter ©
Cathedral Church of St Peter
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum

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