9 days in North Island Itinerary

9 days in North Island Itinerary

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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
3
Wellington
— 1 night

2
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk. Step off the beaten path and head to Ruakuri Walk and Marakopa Falls. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

4
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Ohope Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Go for a jaunt from Rotorua to Taupo to see Huka Falls Walkway about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Faith's Anglican Church, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip maker tool.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Rotorua sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Huka Falls Walkway, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, River Rafting & Tubing, Ohope Beach
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Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Ohope Beach ©
Ohope Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): stop by NZique, then look for gifts at The Chocolate Story, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Oriental Bay.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Wellington tour builder.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Wellington sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Wellington

Beaches · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Lower Hutt
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Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's
NZique ©
NZique

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