7 days in New Zealand Itinerary

7 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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7 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Rotorua
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
4
Taupo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Napier
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Palmerston North
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: Sydney

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 3rd (Tue), take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, step off the mainland to explore Paritutu Rock, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Pukekura Park.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our New Plymouth trip itinerary tool .

Sydney, Australia to New Plymouth is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to New Plymouth due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Paritutu Rock ©
Paritutu Rock
Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

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Waitomo Caves

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 4th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves visit planner .

Getting from New Plymouth to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk ©
Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk

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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 5th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, get interesting insight from Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally contemplate the long history of Government Gardens.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua vacation builder website .

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre ©
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Government Gardens ©
Government Gardens

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): gear up at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Taupo trip planner.

You can take a bus from Rotorua to Taupo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Napier.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire ©

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Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Marine Parade.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Napier sightseeing planning app .

Getting from Taupo to Napier by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Palmerston North.
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Marine Parade ©
Marine Parade

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Palmerston North

Palmerston North ©
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Tweeters and Friends Petshop and Parrot Park, then see the interesting displays at New Zealand Rugby Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Te Manawa.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Palmerston North tour planner .

Getting from Napier to Palmerston North by car takes about 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Palmerston North can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Te Manawa ©
Te Manawa
New Zealand Rugby Museum ©
New Zealand Rugby Museum

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Wellington

Wellington ©
Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Wellington trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Palmerston North to Wellington by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Palmerston North in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Wellington, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Staglands Wildlife Reserve ©
Staglands Wildlife Reserve
Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's

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