7 days in Auckland, Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Itinerary

7 days in Auckland, Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Itinerary

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7 days in Auckland, Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Itinerary

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the activities along Devonport, then examine the collection at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Pauanesia, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, and then get impressive views of Mount Eden.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland tour itinerary app .

If you are flying in from Vietnam, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

2
nights
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 15th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then admire the sheer force of Marokopa Falls Walk, then Head underground at Caveworld, and finally identify plant and animal life at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

3
nights
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 17th (Thu), delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and finally take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, then do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally don't miss a visit to Amokura Glass.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua vacation planner .

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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