8 days in Rotorua & Auckland Itinerary

8 days in Rotorua & Auckland Itinerary

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8 days in Rotorua & Auckland Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Rotorua
— 2 nights
2
Auckland
— 5 nights
End: Auckland

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, then identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary app .

Auckland Central to Rotorua is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Auckland Central in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Rotorua, with highs around 27°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Auckland Central.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Agrodome ©
Agrodome
Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park ©

5
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sky Tower and Auckland Zoo. Venture out of the city with trips to The Lost Spring (in Whitianga) and Hot Water Beach (in Hot Water Beach). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, find something for the whole family at Rainbow's End, explore the activities along Devonport, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland Central trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Auckland Central takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Rotorua in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Auckland Central, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hot Water Beach, The Lost Spring, Rainbow's End Theme Park
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 1:
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach

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