11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9 h
1
Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Tauranga
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h
End: Gold Coast

1
night
Hamilton

Hamilton
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton travel route planner.

Gold Coast, Australia to Hamilton is an approximately 9-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Gold Coast to Hamilton, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. On the 18th (Sat), you'll travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Outdoors Tours Parks
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1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves online journey planner .

You can take a bus from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

2
nights
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 19th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Taupo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can take a bus to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

2
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.
Attractions like Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, admire all the interesting features of Te Puia, and experience rural life at Agrodome.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua online route planner .

You can take a bus from Taupo to Rotorua in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

3
nights
Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Attractions like Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Ohope Beach make great kid-friendly stops. When in Tauranga, make a side trip to see Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway in Waihi, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: trek along Mount Maunganui Summit Track, take in the dramatic scenery at Kaiate Falls, have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Reality Experience, and stroll through Pilot Bay.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tauranga trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Tauranga takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Tauranga, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway, Ohope Beach
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
McLaren Falls Park
McLaren Falls Park
Pilot Bay ©
Pilot Bay

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Tauranga, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

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