5 days in New Zealand Itinerary

5 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
2
Pureora Forest Park
— Few hours
3
Taupo
— 1 night
4
Rotorua
— 2 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Waitomo Caves attractions planner.

Auckland to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Pureora Forest Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park ©
Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

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Pureora Forest Park

Pureora Forest Park ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): grab your bike and head to Timber Trail NZ.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Pureora Forest Park trip planner.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Pureora Forest Park in 1.5 hours. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Pureora Forest Park

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Timber Trail NZ ©
Timber Trail NZ

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Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip planning tool.

Drive from Pureora Forest Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Agrodome ©
Agrodome
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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