5 days in New Zealand Itinerary

5 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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5 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Auckland
— 1 day
Bus + Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Taupo
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
3
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  15 h
End: Kuala Lumpur

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day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): enjoy some music at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland road trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Auckland is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland is 4 hours. While traveling from Kuala Lumpur, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Auckland

Zoos & Aquariums Nightlife Parks
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

1
night
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, then cool off at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, then kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Taupo online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Auckland to Taupo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Spas
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Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort ©
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort

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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 19th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip builder .

Take a bus from Taupo to Rotorua in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Rotorua

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Volcanic Hills Winery ©
Volcanic Hills Winery

1
night
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Sapper Horace Moore-Jones commemorative statue and then examine the collection at Waikato Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hamilton road trip app .

Getting from Rotorua to Hamilton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton

Museums Historic Sites
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Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum

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