17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 1 day
Drive
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Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 1 night
Drive
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Wai-O-Tapu
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Taupo
— 1 night
Drive
9
Waitomo Caves
Drive
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Kawhia
Drive
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New Plymouth
— 1 night
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Wellington
— 3 nights
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Auckland — 1 day

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.
To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Auckland trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Auckland is 2 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 16°C at night. You will leave for Paihia on the 29th (Sat).
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Paihia — 2 nights

The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
On the 29th (Sat), hike along Puketi Nature Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church, and then take a memorable excursion with Bay Of Islands Tours. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then steep yourself in history at Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House, and then grab your bike and head to Waitangi Mountain Bike Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia route maker site.

You can fly from Auckland to Paihia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Auckland.
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Auckland — 2 nights

City of Sails

On the 31st (Mon), grab your bike and head to Nelson Street Cycleway, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Browns Bay Beach, then learn about all things military at Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, and finally shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Eden Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and then take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Auckland online visit planner.

Getting from Paihia to Auckland by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll travel to Rotorua.
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Rotorua — 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre and Volcanic Hills Winery. Eat Street and Te Puia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui) and Papamoa Beach (in Papamoa). Next up on the itinerary: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, trek along Okere Falls Track, and take in the natural beauty of Whangapipiro Rachel Pool.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Rotorua using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rotorua when traveling from Auckland in November, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Taupo.
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Taupo — 1 night

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): examine the collection at Taupo Museum, kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach, then stop by Tukairangi Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at L'Arte.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Taupo trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Wai-O-Tapu.
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Wai-O-Tapu

On the 6th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Wai-O-Tapu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Wai-O-Tapu takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sun) before leaving for Tongariro National Park.
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Tongariro National Park — 1 night

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll through Whakapapa Nature Walk and then hike along Silica Rapids Track.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tongariro National Park trip itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Wai-O-Tapu to Tongariro National Park with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to Taupo.
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Taupo — 1 night

Great Cloak of Tia

Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): grab your bike and head to Great Lake Trail, admire the natural beauty at Waipahihi Botanical Gardens, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Taupo trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.
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Waitomo Caves

Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
On the 8th (Tue), see the interesting displays at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition, explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves attractions planner.

Getting from Taupo to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kawhia.
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Kawhia

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Kawhia day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Kawhia takes 1.5 hours. On the 8th (Tue), you'll travel to New Plymouth.
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New Plymouth — 1 night

Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Back Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Oakura Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Pukeiti. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Tupare, explore the different monuments and memorials at Te Henui Cemetery, then don't miss a visit to Port Taranaki Walkway, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our New Plymouth trip site.

Drive from Kawhia to New Plymouth in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Wellington.
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Wellington — 3 nights

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
On the 11th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, then ponder the world of politics at Government House, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): see the interesting displays at National War Memorial, stroll the grounds of Bolton Street Cemetery, then delve into the lush surroundings at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Wellington driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from New Plymouth to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Wellington sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

4.5
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.
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Taranaki Region travel guide

4.3
Zoos · Scenic Walking Areas · Art Galleries
Under the watchful eye of Mount Taranaki, wild Taranaki Region welcomes visitors seeking an adventure holiday. The rugged coast boasts great surfing opportunities, while the quaint alpine towns offer slower-paced Taranaki vacation ideas. Head down one of the region's many rivers for a day of rafting or kayaking, or enjoy a gentle stroll along the coast. Then, of course, there's the small matter of the mountain, encouraging you to climb it (or at least venture up a little bit of the way).
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