6 days in New Zealand Itinerary

6 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Rotorua
— 1 night
2
Matamata
— 1 night
3
Hamilton
— 1 night
4
Auckland
— 1 night

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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 29th (Sun), learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, thenkick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then don't miss a visit to Amokura Glass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rotorua trip planning site.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Rotorua is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 5 hours. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in December, expect Rotorua to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Matamata.

Things to do in Rotorua

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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Matamata

Matamata ©
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. On the 31st (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Wairere Falls, thendon't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, and then enjoy some diversion at Swim Zone Matamata.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Matamata online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Rotorua to Matamata in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Matamata can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Hamilton.

Things to do in Matamata

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Hobbiton Movie Set, Wairere Falls
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wairere Falls ©
Wairere Falls
Swim Zone Matamata ©
Swim Zone Matamata

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Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Hamilton Zoo, examine the collection at Waikato Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hamilton itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Matamata to Hamilton takes an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum
Hamilton Zoo ©
Hamilton Zoo

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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.
On the 2nd (Thu), see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Auckland road trip website.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Auckland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Auckland are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

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