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DAY 3-4: New Zealand itinerary 7 days (1 week) top sights, attractions

Rotorua (One night)

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The Bathhouse, Rotorua The Bathhouse, Rotorua

Fly to Rotorua, if you want to drive it is likely half a day driving and is not recommended for a one week itinerary. Fly Air New Zealand.

The fog of Rotorua, Kuirau park

Day three – mid morning arrival

Highlights from redwood forest walk to Kuirau public park geothermal displays. The classic spa town with natural geothermal mineral water to soak away the cares of the world. Therapeutic mud to pamper the skin and restore your glow. Extraordinary natural displays of geotectonic energy from boiling mud pools to sheets of steaming pink fused water coating hillsides a delicate pink.

In 24 hours you will have managed to explore the classics:

  • Kick start the day with a coffee and foot massage in Kuirau Park
  • Colonial Victorian building splendor in the historic grounds of Rotorua Government House
  • Indulged in a polynesian geothermal spa blissful soak
  • Visit the iconic Te Puia wonderland of geysers, boiling mud and super hot steaming vents
  • Cruise Lake Rotoiti for more hot pools magic
  • Check out the Californian redwood forests of Rotorua
  • Find out more about traditional Maori culture and enjoy a hangi feast
Government House, Rotorua

For more ideas from things to do for free, family friendly activities or romantic places to go and the best hot pools and spas check out what to do in Rotorua. Depart for Christchurch late afternoon.



Ohinemutu Village


There is a lot to see within easy walking distance in the central city. Places like Kuirau Park, the Lakefront,  Government Gardens,  and Ohinemutu Living Village. To walk to the Redwood forest, Whakarewarewa or Te Puia from mid-city, it would take about 30 – 40 minutes (one way). There are taxi services / uber operating within the city centre and to major tourist attractions.

Rotorua Airport

Rotorua is easily accessible for international arrivals. Air New Zealand flies daily to Rotorua Airport from Auckland and Wellington in the North Island, and to Christchurch in the South Island. Travelling to Rotorua city centre from the airport is an easy-to-navigate 10-minute drive. All major rental car agencies have service desks located at the arrivals terminal, and the airport is serviced by shuttles, taxis and bus services.

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