7 days in New Zealand Itinerary
Fly to Tauranga, Drive to Taupo
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
Sun, Dec 11 - Sat, Dec 17
Taupo — 2 nights
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi) and Tongariro Alpine Crossing (in Tongariro National Park). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, and shop like a local with Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire.
To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo day trip planner.
Chennai, India to Taupo is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 6.5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rotorua.
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Rotorua — 3 nights
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 15th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, make a trip to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally take an in-depth tour of Rotorua Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, then take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.
To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Rotorua trip planner.
You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Rotorua sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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New Zealand travel guide
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.