8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 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
2
Matamata
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
4
Hinuera
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Waitomo Caves
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Auckland
— 1 night
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 ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Auckland online trip itinerary builder.

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in January: highs in Auckland hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 22°C. You'll set off for Matamata on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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 10th (Sun): trek along Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway and then admire the sheer force of Wairere Falls. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Adrian Worsley Historic Creations and then cool off at Swim Zone Te Aroha.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Matamata journey app.

You can drive from Auckland to Matamata in 2 hours. Traveling from Auckland in January, expect nights in Matamata to be slightly colder, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Matamata

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Te Aroha, Wairere Falls, Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway
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Wairere Falls ©
Wairere Falls
Swim Zone Te Aroha ©
Swim Zone Te Aroha

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Souvenir Outlet, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, have some family-friendly fun at OGO Rotorua, get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

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

You can drive from Matamata to Rotorua in an hour. In January in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Thu) before leaving for Hinuera.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Taupo
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Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Horseback Riding Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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Hinuera

Hinuera ©
Hinuera's claim to fame is Hobbiton, the setting for the shires in the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies by New Zealand director Peter Jackson.
On the 14th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hinuera road trip planner.

You can take a bus from Rotorua to Hinuera in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

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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 15th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

You can drive from Hinuera to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Auckland

Auckland ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and then get your game on at Virtual Reality Studio.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nightlife
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Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
Virtual Reality Studio ©
Virtual Reality Studio

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