2 days in Rotorua & Tauranga Itinerary

2 days in Rotorua & Tauranga Itinerary

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2 days in Rotorua & Tauranga Itinerary

Start: Rotorua
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Rotorua
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
2
Tauranga
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
End: Rotorua

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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 15th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, then identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and finally do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua online trip builder .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. May in Rotorua sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tauranga.

Things to do in Rotorua

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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

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Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): stroll through Papamoa Beach, then kick back and relax at Mt Maunganui Main Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Maunganui Summit Track.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tauranga trip tool .

Drive from Rotorua to Tauranga in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Tauranga

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Papamoa Beach
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach

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