8 days in New Zealand & Spokane Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand & Spokane Itinerary

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Fly to Auckland International Airport, Drive to Rotorua
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Matamata, New Zealand
— 1 night
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
Spokane, United States
— 1 night


Rotorua, New Zealand

— 3 nights

Sulphur City

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Huka Honey Hive, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

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Spokane, USA to Rotorua is an approximately 24.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 20 hours. In December, Rotorua is much warmer than Spokane - with highs of 71°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Matamata.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Matamata, New Zealand

— 1 night
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set.

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You can drive from Rotorua to Matamata in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in December, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Auckland.
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Auckland, New Zealand

— 1 night

City of Sails

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

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Getting from Matamata to Auckland by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Matamata in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Spokane.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Nightlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Spokane, United States

— 1 night
Spokane is a city located in the state of Washington in the northwestern United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): snap pictures at Monroe Street Bridge, stroll around Riverfront Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Cathedral, examine the collection at Campbell House, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Aloysius Church, and finally stop by Paradise Fibers, Inc.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Auckland to Spokane. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 20 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Auckland in December: high temperatures in Spokane hover around 33°F and lows are around 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Spokane

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
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New Zealand travel guide

Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.