9 days in New Zealand & Perth Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand & Perth Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Perth, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
2
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Napier, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Sydney, Australia

2
nights
Perth, Australia

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 28th (Fri), stop by Nosh Gourmet Food & Gifts.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Perth online trip planner.

Sydney to Perth is an approximately 7.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Perth is minus 2 hours. In August in Perth, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Perth

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fremantle, Nosh Gourmet Food & Gifts
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Norm wrightson hairway ©
Norm wrightson hairway

1
night
Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

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

You can fly from Perth to Auckland in 10 hours. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Perth to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Perth in August: highs in Auckland hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Nightlife
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

1
night
Rotorua, New Zealand

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 1st (Tue), contemplate the long history of Te Puia, catch some excitement at 3D Trick Art Gallery, and then learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua route maker app.

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Rotorua when traveling from Auckland in August, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Napier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Te Puia ©
Te Puia
3D Trick Art Gallery ©
3D Trick Art Gallery
Volcanic Hills Winery ©
Volcanic Hills Winery

1
night
Napier, New Zealand

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 2nd (Wed), do a tasting at Craggy Range, then learn about winemaking at Elephant Hill, and then learn about winemaking at Church Road Winery Cellar Door & Restaurant.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Napier trip planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Napier by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Napier

Wineries

Side Trips

Elephant Hill, Craggy Range
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Craggy Range ©
Craggy Range
Elephant Hill ©
Elephant Hill

2
nights
Taupo, New Zealand

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 (Thu): stop by Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary and then play a few rounds at 9 Hole Golf Course. Here are some ideas for day two: cool off at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, take in nature's colorful creations at Lava Glass, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, use the Taupo holiday tool.

You can drive from Napier to Taupo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Golf Parks
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Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary ©
Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort ©
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort

1
night
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

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 5th (Sat), hike along Ruakuri Walk, Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Taupo to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Trails
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Footwhistle Glowworm Cave ©
Footwhistle Glowworm Cave

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