9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip builder

Make it your trip
Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
2
Taupo
— 1 night
Drive
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly

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Auckland

— 1 night

City of Sails

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and then take a stroll through Ponsonby.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Auckland due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in June, plan for little chillier days in Auckland, with highs around 15°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Auckland

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 28 — 29:

Taupo

— 1 night

Great Cloak of Tia

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 (Tue): stroll through Huka Falls Walkway.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip planner.

Fly from Auckland to Taupo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 29 — 30:
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Rotorua

— 3 nights

Sulphur City

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.
Head to New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and Tirau Shell & Jade Factoryfor some retail therapy. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Lake Te Koutu (in Cambridge). There's lots more to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lukes Anglican Church, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rotorua driving holiday app.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 3:

Auckland

— 3 nights

City of Sails

For shopping fun, head to Devonport or The Warehouse. See even more of Auckland: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, browse the different shops at The Strand Arcade, enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach, and take in the waterfront activity at Viaduct Harbour.

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You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Rotorua in July, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 13°C at night. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 6:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.