8 days in Taupo, Rotorua & Tauranga Itinerary

8 days in Taupo, Rotorua & Tauranga Itinerary

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Taupo
— 4 nights
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
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Tauranga
— 1 night

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Taupo

Taupo ©

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Tongariro National Park (Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Taranaki Falls, &more), River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi) and Ridge Track (in Whakapapa). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and have fun at Clay Break Taupo.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo online trip planner.

Queenstown to Taupo is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Waterfall
Huka Falls Walkway
4.7

2
nights
Rotorua

Sulphur City

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 17th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the next day, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and then glide peacefully along the water with Paddle Board Rotorua.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua online day trip planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rotorua are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Zipline
4.7
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Hot Spring
Te Puia
4.4

1
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Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take an unforgettable tour with Aerius Helicopters and then catch all the local highlights with Skydive Tauranga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around McLaren Falls Park, then don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, and then hike along Mount Maunganui Summit Track.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tauranga trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Tauranga in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Tauranga sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tauranga

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Helicopter Tour
Aerius Helicopters
4.9
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Skydiving
Skydive Tauranga
4.9

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