18 days in Auckland & Rotorua Itinerary

18 days in Auckland & Rotorua Itinerary

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18 days in Auckland & Rotorua Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 14 nights
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
End: Auckland

14
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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.
Bring the kids along to Sky Tower and Auckland Zoo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Snowplanet (in Silverdale), Waiheke Island (Wine Tours & Tastings & Connells Bay Sculpture Park) and Piha (Piha Beach & Arataki Visitor Centre). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Auckland War Memorial Museum, step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland itinerary maker tool .

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Piha, Matakana, 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

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 25th (Sun), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, laugh and play at Huka Prawn Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Keep things going the next day: 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.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Rotorua trip planner .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Auckland in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Rotorua, with highs around 21°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

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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