13 days in Auckland, Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Itinerary

13 days in Auckland, Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Itinerary

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13 days in Auckland, Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 7 nights
2
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
End: Auckland

7
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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.
Attractions like Sky Tower and Auckland War Memorial Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Auckland: Waiheke Island (Wine Tours & Tastings & Connells Bay Sculpture Park). Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, head off the coast to Rangitoto Island, and get in on the family fun at Rainbow's End Theme Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In November, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Auckland Region, Rainbow's End Theme Park
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, then engage your brain at Te Awamutu Space Centre, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then take in the dramatic scenery at Marokopa Falls Walk, and finally Head underground at Piripiri Cave Walk.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, Te Awamutu Space Centre
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Te Awamutu Space Centre ©
Te Awamutu Space Centre
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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.
On the 12th (Tue), relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, walk around Huka Prawn Park, then get in on the family fun at Mind Junction, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Rotorua vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Taupo
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Agrodome ©
Agrodome

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