11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Waitomo Caves
— 1 day
2
Raglan
— 1 night
3
National Park Village
— 2 nights
4
Rotorua
— 1 night
5
Tauranga
— 1 night
6
Hot Water Beach
— 1 night
7
Auckland
— 1 night

1
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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 23rd (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves road trip tool.

London, UK to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 12 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Raglan.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

1
night
Raglan

Raglan ©
Raglan is a small beachside town located 48 km west of Hamilton, New Zealand on State Highway 23. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, take a leisurely stroll along Raglan Wharf, then head outdoors with Raglan Rock, and finally kick back and relax at Ngarunui Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Raglan trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Raglan takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Raglan can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to National Park Village.

Things to do in Raglan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Raglan Rock ©
Raglan Rock
Ngarunui Beach ©
Ngarunui Beach
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

2
nights
National Park Village

National Park Village ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Ohakune Old Coach Road and then take some stellar pictures from Tupapakurua Falls Lookout. On the next day, trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the National Park Village trip planner.

Traveling by car from Raglan to National Park Village takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in National Park Village

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Highlights from your plan
Tupapakurua Falls Lookout ©
Tupapakurua Falls Lookout
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, then delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, then take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua itinerary app.

Getting from National Park Village to Rotorua by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Rotorua are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

1
night
Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Mt Maunganui Main Beach, stroll through Mount Maunganui Summit Track, then trek along Mount Maunganui Base Track, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Omokoroa Walkway.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tauranga day trip planning app.

Drive from Rotorua to Tauranga in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Tauranga, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Hot Water Beach.

Things to do in Tauranga

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Omokoroa Walkway
Highlights from your plan
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach

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night
Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach ©
Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach, hike along Cathedral Cove Walk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hot Water Beach road trip planning tool.

Drive from Tauranga to Hot Water Beach in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Hot Water Beach can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Hahei
Highlights from your plan
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk

1
night
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 30th (Sun): look for gifts at Pauanesia, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland holiday maker app.

Traveling by car from Hot Water Beach to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Hot Water Beach, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Pauanesia ©
Pauanesia

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