12 days in Auckland & Rotorua Itinerary

12 days in Auckland & Rotorua Itinerary

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12 days in Auckland & Rotorua Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Auckland

8
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Orewa Lookout (in Orewa), Wine Tours & Tastings (in Waiheke Island) and Matakana War Memorial (in Matakana). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, look for all kinds of wild species at Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

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If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Warkworth, Wine Tours & Tastings, Little Shoal Bay Reserve, Takapuna Beach Playground, Matakana War Memorial
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

3
nights
Rotorua

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.
You've now added Lake Rotorua to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Rotorua, witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then make a trip to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua tour builder site .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Auckland in December, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Rotorua: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 17°C at night. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Taupo
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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