7 days in New Zealand Itinerary

7 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Auckland
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Taupo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
4
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Matamata
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Auckland
— Few hours
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Sydney

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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.
To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Auckland, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in January, plan for slightly colder days in Auckland, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. You'll set off for Waitomo Caves on the 1st (Fri).

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
On the 2nd (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves and then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Nature Parks
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

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night
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Taupo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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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.
You've now added Rainbow Springs Nature Park to your itinerary. On the 5th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Taupo to Rotorua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Rotorua sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Matamata.

Things to do in Rotorua

Wildlife Parks
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Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park

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Matamata

Matamata ©
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set.

Planning Matamata trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Matamata takes an hour. January in Matamata sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Auckland.
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

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Auckland

Auckland
For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Auckland tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Matamata to Auckland in 2 hours. Traveling from Matamata in January, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. You will leave for home on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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