12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Matakana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Muriwai Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Piha
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Waihi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Hot Water Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Auckland

2
nights
Matakana

Matakana ©
Matakana is a small town in the Rodney District of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Mangawhai Museum, trek along Mangawhai Walkway, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Matakana Country Park. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Alice Eaves Scenic Reserve and then admire the majestic nature at Mahurangi Regional Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Matakana vacation planning website .

Auckland to Matakana is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In February, daily temperatures in Matakana can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Muriwai Beach.

Things to do in Matakana

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Warkworth, Mangawhai, Alice Eaves Scenic Reserve
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Matakana Country Park ©
Matakana Country Park
Warkworth Museum ©
Warkworth Museum
Mangawhai Museum ©
Mangawhai Museum

2
nights
Muriwai Beach

Muriwai Beach ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Muriwai Gannet Colony.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Muriwai Beach trip planner.

Drive from Matakana to Muriwai Beach in 1.5 hours. February in Muriwai Beach sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Piha.

Things to do in Muriwai Beach

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Westbrook Winery, Okura Bush Walkway
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Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Westbrook Winery ©
Westbrook Winery

2
nights
Piha

Piha ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Karioitahi Beach and then kick back and relax at Sunset Beach. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hillary Trail, view the masterpieces at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, and then admire the engineering at Upper Nihotupu Dam.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Piha trip planner .

Traveling by car from Muriwai Beach to Piha takes 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Piha are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Waihi.

Things to do in Piha

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Hillary Trail, Karioitahi Beach, Sunset Beach, Upper Nihotupu Dam
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West Coast Gallery ©
West Coast Gallery
Upper Nihotupu Dam ©
Upper Nihotupu Dam

3
nights
Waihi

Waihi ©
Waihi is a town in Hauraki District in the North Island of New Zealand, especially notable for its history as a gold mine town. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Waihi Arts Centre & Museum. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Thames Historical Museum, then look for gifts at Watercolor Studio Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Burke Street Wharf, and finally kick back and relax at Anzac Bay.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Waihi visit planner .

Traveling by car from Piha to Waihi takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Piha in February, Waihi is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Hot Water Beach.

Things to do in Waihi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Thames, Whiritoa Beach, Anzac Bay, Opoutere Surf Beach
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Waihi Arts Centre & Museum ©
Waihi Arts Centre & Museum
Thames Historical Museum ©
Thames Historical Museum
Whiritoa Beach ©
Whiritoa Beach

2
nights
Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach ©
Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Water Beach, stop by Moko Artspace, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk, and finally trek along Cathedral Cove Walk.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hot Water Beach travel route planning website .

Traveling by car from Waihi to Hot Water Beach takes 1.5 hours. February in Hot Water Beach sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 12th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Hahei
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Moko Artspace ©
Moko Artspace
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach

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