24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Wellington
— 1 day
2
Martinborough
— 2 nights
3
Hastings
— 3 nights
4
Mahia Beach
— 3 nights
5
Gisborne
— 2 nights
6
Ohope
— 2 nights
7
Paihia
— 3 nights
8
Cape Reinga
— Few hours
9
Auckland
— 1 night
10
Whitianga
— 3 nights
11
Raglan
— 1 night
12
Rotorua
— 1 night
13
Mahia Beach
— 1 night
14
Napier
— 1 night

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Wellington

Wellington
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then take some stellar pictures from Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington online trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Wellington. In December, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Martinborough.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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Martinborough

Martinborough ©
Martinborough is a town in the South Wairarapa District, in the Wellington region of New Zealand. On the 19th (Sat), look and learn at Stonehenge Aotearoa, do a tasting at Haythornthwaite Wines, then do a tasting at Poppies Martinborough, then learn about winemaking at Palliser Estate, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Martinborough Brewery. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Schoc Chocolates, take an in-depth tour of Cobblestones Museum, learn about winemaking at Cambridge Road Vineyard & Cellar Door, then learn about winemaking at Te Kairanga Wines, and finally learn about winemaking at Colombo Martinborough.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Martinborough visit app.

Getting from Wellington to Martinborough by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hastings.

Things to do in Martinborough

Wineries · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Greytown, Stonehenge Aotearoa
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
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Poppies Martinborough ©
Poppies Martinborough
Colombo Martinborough ©
Colombo Martinborough
Martinborough Brewery ©
Martinborough Brewery

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Hastings

Hastings ©
Hastings is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Hastings is known for nature, wineries, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about winemaking at Craggy Range, identify plant and animal life at Cape Kidnappers, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Te Mata Peak, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hastings road trip planning site.

Drive from Martinborough to Hastings in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Mahia Beach.

Things to do in Hastings

Wineries · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Birdwoods Gallery, Elephant Hill, Gannet Beach Adventures, Cape Kidnappers
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Gannet Beach Adventures ©
Gannet Beach Adventures
Craggy Range ©
Craggy Range
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak

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Mahia Beach

Mahia Beach ©
Mahia Beach is known for beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Mokotahi Hill, hike along Nikau Loop Track, witness a stunning natural landmark at Morere Hot Springs, and stroll through Blacks Reef.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mahia Beach travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hastings to Mahia Beach in 2.5 hours. On the 26th (Sat), you'll travel to Gisborne.

Things to do in Mahia Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Morere
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Morere Hot Springs ©
Morere Hot Springs

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Gisborne

Gisborne ©
A holiday in Gisborne incorporates both leisure and culture.
On the 27th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Church, do a tasting at Gisborne Wine Centre, then take a peaceful walk through Eastwoodhill Arboretum, and finally explore the striking landscape at Rere Rockslide. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Tairawhiti Museum, head outdoors with Kaiti Hill, and then take in the waterfront at Tolaga Bay Historic Wharf.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Gisborne trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mahia Beach to Gisborne takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ohope.

Things to do in Gisborne

Nature · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Rere Rockslide, Eastwoodhill Arboretum, Tolaga Bay Historic Wharf
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Rere Rockslide ©
Rere Rockslide
Tolaga Bay Historic Wharf ©
Tolaga Bay Historic Wharf
Tairawhiti Museum ©
Tairawhiti Museum

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Ohope

Ohope ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): stop by Red Barn Gifts Co-op - Simply Handmade@the Red Barn, relax in the rural setting at Julians Berry Farm & Cafe, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally get great views at Kohi Point Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Te Papaka, take some stellar pictures from Puketapa Lookout, then contemplate the waterfront views at Otarawairere Bay, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohope Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ohope trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Gisborne to Ohope in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Ohope

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Whakatane
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Ohope Beach ©
Ohope Beach
Julians Berry Farm & Cafe ©
Julians Berry Farm & Cafe
Otarawairere Bay ©
Otarawairere Bay

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Paihia

Paihia ©
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 31st (Thu), contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds and then make a short side trip with Phantom Sailing. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, then get interesting insight from Salt Air, and then cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Bay of Islands.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Paihia journey maker app.

Getting from Ohope to Paihia by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Phantom Sailing
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Phantom Sailing ©
Phantom Sailing

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Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga ©
Cape Reinga or Te Rerenga Wairua is the northwesternmost tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tapotupotu Beach and then go for a walk through Cape Reinga Lighthouse.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Cape Reinga travel planning website.

Getting from Paihia to Cape Reinga by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
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Cape Reinga Lighthouse ©
Cape Reinga Lighthouse

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Auckland

Auckland
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 see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland tour itinerary planning app.

Explore your travel options from Cape Reinga to Auckland with the Route module. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 3rd (Sun), you're off to Whitianga.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

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Whitianga

Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Change things up with these side-trips from Whitianga: Whangamata Beach (in Whangamata), Mount Paku (in Tairua) and Thames Society of Arts (in Thames). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, trek along Cathedral Cove Walk, experience rural life at Whiti Farm Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hahei Beach Walk.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Whitianga day trip planning website.

Getting from Auckland to Whitianga by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Auckland in January, you will find days in Whitianga are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are a bit cooler (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Raglan.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Hahei, Whangamata Beach, Mount Paku, Thames Society of Arts, Hot Water Beach
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk

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Raglan

Raglan ©
Raglan is a small beachside town located 48 km west of Hamilton, New Zealand on State Highway 23. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): head outdoors with Raglan Rock, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ngarunui Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Raglan trip planner.

Drive from Whitianga to Raglan in 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Raglan can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Raglan

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:
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Raglan Rock ©
Raglan Rock
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Ngarunui Beach ©
Ngarunui Beach

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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 8th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip planner.

You can drive from Raglan to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mahia Beach.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest ©
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest

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Mahia Beach

Mahia Beach
For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mahia Beach road trip planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Mahia Beach in 4.5 hours. You will leave for Napier on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Mahia Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

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Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 9th (Sat), look for gifts at The Department of Curiosities and Fine Things, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Aquarium of New Zealand, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally make a trip to Marine Parade.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Napier attractions website.

Traveling by car from Mahia Beach to Napier takes 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Napier

Tours · Wineries · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
National Aquarium of New Zealand ©
National Aquarium of New Zealand
The Department of Curiosities and Fine Things ©

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