Rotorua driving route for: Rotorua - Wellington. Find driving directions, information and maps to guide you on your self-drive holiday starting in Rotorua and ending in Wellington - home of Te Papa Museum. Begin your New Zealand road trip with the geothermal attractions of Rotorua and then travel down the beautiful New Zealand country side to Wellington, New Zealand's Capital City.

Driving Route : Rotorua - Wellington

Start: Rotorua
Finish: Wellington
Recommended Length: 4 Days
Distance: 590 km (369 miles)

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Route Summary

Travel time is approximate only, based on an average driving speed under normal road conditions.

  Travel time Km (Miles)
Day 1
Rotorua to Waitomo Caves
1.5 hrs 136 85
Day 2
Waitomo Caves to National Park
1.75 hrs 143 89
Day 3
National Park to Wanganui
1.5 hrs 123 77
Day 4
Wanganui to Wellington
2.5 hrs 188 118
Totals for Driving Route 7.25 hrs 590 369

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Rotorua to Wellington - The Inland Route

Rotorua to Wellington - The Inland Route

This inland route to Wellington reveals some of New Zealand's most interesting geological features.

You'll begin in the astounding city of Rotorua, where the Earth's inner heat hisses out to create spectacular geothermal attractions.

Waitomo provides another kind of natural phenomenon—a labyrinth of limestone caves dripping in stalactites.

At National Park you'll stay under the shadow of three immense volcanoes—walk around them or ski on them, depending on the time of the year.

From Wanganui you can discover the secrets of the Whanganui River—New Zealand's longest navigable waterway.

Finish this adventurous journey with your choice of Wellington's cultural attractions.

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