10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 1 night
2
Waipoua Forest
— 1 night
3
Cape Reinga
— 1 night
4
Paihia
— 1 night
5
Hamilton
— 1 night
6
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
7
Pureora Forest Park
— 1 night
8
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
9
Taupo
— 1 night
10
Auckland
— Few hours

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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 19th (Fri): get impressive views of Mount Eden, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland online travel planner.

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Auckland, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in October, plan for slightly colder days in Auckland, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Waipoua Forest.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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Waipoua Forest

Waipoua Forest ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): delve into the lush surroundings at Trounson Kauri Park, hike along Four Sisters Walk, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Yakas Walk, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Tane Mahuta Walk.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Waipoua Forest trip maker site.

You can drive from Auckland to Waipoua Forest in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Waipoua Forest

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Trounson Kauri Park, Tane Mahuta Walk
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Tane Mahuta Walk ©
Tane Mahuta Walk
Trounson Kauri Park ©
Trounson Kauri Park

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Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga ©
Cape Reinga or Te Rerenga Wairua is the northwesternmost tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get great views at Cape Reinga Lighthouse and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tapotupotu Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Reinga trip planner.

Getting from Waipoua Forest to Cape Reinga by car takes about 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Cape Reinga Lighthouse ©
Cape Reinga Lighthouse

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Paihia

Paihia ©
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, thenadmire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia travel route builder tool.

Getting from Cape Reinga to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. You'll set off for Hamilton on the 23rd (Tue).

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Haruru Falls
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

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Hamilton

Hamilton
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hamilton trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Paihia to Hamilton in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. On the 24th (Wed), you're off to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Outdoors Tours Parks

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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.
On the 24th (Wed), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and then stroll through Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld and then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves tour planner.

Drive from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pureora Forest Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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Pureora Forest Park

Pureora Forest Park
To plan Pureora Forest Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Pureora Forest Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. On the 26th (Fri), you'll travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Pureora Forest Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, thenhike along Taranaki Falls, and then get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park day trip planner.

You can drive from Pureora Forest Park to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

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Taupo

Taupo
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Taupo trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. You'll set off for Auckland on the 28th (Sun).

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

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Auckland

Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area and then contemplate the geological forces at One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie).

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planner.

You can fly from Taupo to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Wineries Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie) ©
One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie)

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