5 days in New Zealand Itinerary

5 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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5 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Sydney

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves vacation planner.

Sydney, Australia to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Waitomo Caves due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Mount Maunganui Base Track. Relax by the water at Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Papamoa Beach. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Papamoa Beach
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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