9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paihia
— 2 nights
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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 30th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island, then contemplate the long history of Howick Historical Village, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Auckland road trip tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Auckland is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 12 hours. Traveling from Dublin in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Auckland, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.
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Waitomo Caves — 2 nights

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.
On the 31st (Mon), get a dose of the wild on Spellbound and then trek along Ruakuri Walk. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, then admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, and finally snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Waitomo Caves travel route tool.

Drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Rotorua.
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Rotorua — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lukes Anglican Church, identify plant and animal life at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally steep yourself in history at Government Gardens.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Rotorua sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Paihia.
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Paihia — 2 nights

The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia road trip planning website.

Getting from Rotorua to Paihia by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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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.
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