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 45 min
2
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Hinuera
— Few hours
Bus:  1 h
4
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Matamata
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
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.
For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Auckland journey planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Auckland due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 15°C. On the 6th (Sun), you're off to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 8th (Tue), you're off to Hinuera.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks 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.
To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hinuera online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Hinuera in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Hinuera are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 8th (Tue), you're off to Rotorua.

Things to do in Hinuera

Parks Nature
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rotorua route planner.

You can take a bus from Hinuera to Rotorua in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Thu) before leaving for Matamata.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park ©
Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park
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 10th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Castle Pamela.

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You can drive from Rotorua to Matamata in an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 11th (Fri), you're off to Auckland.

Things to do in Matamata

Museums

Side Trip

The Castle Pamela
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The Castle Pamela ©
The Castle Pamela

1
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Auckland

Auckland
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Traveling by car from Matamata to Auckland takes 2 hours. Traveling from Matamata in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Auckland, with lows around 15°C. On the 12th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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