8 days in North Island Itinerary

8 days in North Island Itinerary

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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 4 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 11th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then hike along Ruakuri Walk. On the next day, Head underground at Caveworld and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip planning website.

Sydney, Australia to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Waitomo Caves due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

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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.
Attractions like Waikite Valley Thermal Pools and Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Government Gardens. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Kuirau Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and relax and rejuvenate at Hell's Gate.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Hell's Gate, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools ©
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre ©
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre

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