11 days in Auckland & Rotorua Itinerary

11 days in Auckland & Rotorua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Island trip planner

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Auckland
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 7 nights
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Auckland
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Auckland

— 3 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Waitemata Harbour, Odyssey Sensory Maze and Room Escape Games. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the waterfront at Waitemata Harbour and then find something for the whole family at Odyssey Sensory Maze. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Auckland Museum, look for gifts at Pauanesia, then make a trip to SkyTower, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Auckland trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Auckland. When traveling from Brisbane in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Rotorua

— 7 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Rotorua Canopy Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Maori Rock Carvings, Huka Falls Walkway, &more), Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, kick your exploration up a notch at Redwoods Treewalk, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and explore and take pictures at Te Puia.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rotorua, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Auckland

City of Sails

You've now added Odyssey Sensory Maze to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Nelson Street Cycleway, and then get in on the family fun at Odyssey Sensory Maze.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Auckland road trip app.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Auckland. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Theme Parks · Nightlife · Zoos & Aquariums