16 days in Rotorua & Auckland Region Itinerary

16 days in Rotorua & Auckland Region Itinerary

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16 days in Rotorua & Auckland Region Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  8​h
1
Rotorua
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Auckland
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sydney

8
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi), Waitomo Caves (Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Nature & Wildlife Tours) and Taupo (Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve, Golf Club Taupo, & more). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, make a trip to Te Puia, and get impressive views of Whakaari White Island Volcano.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rotorua day trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Rotorua is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Waitomo Caves, River Rafting & Tubing, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Whakaari White Island Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Sculptureum (in Matakana), Warkworth (Of Hand & Heart & Tawharanui Regional Park) and Piha (Piha Beach & Arataki Visitor Centre). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, meet the residents at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and head off the coast to Waiheke Island.

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

Getting from Rotorua to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Auckland when traveling from Rotorua in April, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Auckland Region, Warkworth, Piha, Muriwai Gannet Colony, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park

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