28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

28 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 4 nights
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Hot Water Beach
— 1 night
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Matamata
— 2 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
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Taupo
— 5 nights
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Tongaporutu
— 1 night
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Whanganui
— 2 nights
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Wellington
— 5 nights

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Auckland

Auckland ©

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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to SkyTower, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, step off the mainland to explore Hauraki Gulf, and meet the residents at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Auckland online holiday maker.

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Auckland is 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in June, expect nights in Auckland to be a bit warmer, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Hot Water Beach.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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Must see
SkyTower
4.4
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Military Museum
Auckland Museum
4.6
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Skydiving
Skydive Auckland
5.0

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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 23rd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hot Water Beach. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with Rangihau Ranch.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hot Water Beach trip planner.

Getting from Auckland to Hot Water Beach by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Auckland in June, Hot Water Beach is little chillier at night with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Matamata.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

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Hot Spring
Hot Water Beach
3.8
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Horseback Riding Tour
Rangihau Ranch
4.7

2
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Matamata

Matamata ©
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): stop by Alexander Organics, get interesting insight from Capture New Zealand Photo Expeditions, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Koutu, then make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set, and finally don't miss a visit to Dog and Sheep Shaped Corrugated Metal Buildings. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Firth Tower Estate and Museum, get curious at Te Awamutu Space Centre, and then don't miss a visit to Adrian Worsley Historic Creations.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Matamata day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hot Water Beach to Matamata takes 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Matamata can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Matamata

Museums · Wildlife · Tours · Childrens Museums

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Find places to stay Jun 24 — 26:
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Science Museum
Te Awamutu Space Centre
4.9

3
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Waitomo Caves

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.
Go for a jaunt from Waitomo Caves to Karamu to see Nikau Walk & Kaniwhaniwha Caves about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, make a trip to Sir Colin Meads Statue, take in the local highlights with Glowing Adventures, and stroll through Ruakuri Walk.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Matamata to Waitomo Caves takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Find places to stay Jun 26 — 29:
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Walking tour
Glowing Adventures
5.0
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Cave
Caveworld
4.7

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Rotorua

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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, get interesting insight from Tours, and explore and take pictures at Te Puia.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 3:
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Must see
Zipline
4.7
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Hot Spring
Te Puia
4.4

5
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Taupo

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Tongariro National Park (Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Mounds Walk, &more), Volcanic Activity Centre (in Turangi) and Ridge Track (in Whakapapa). There's still lots to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo, trek along Great Lake Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Taupo trip maker website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tongaporutu.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 8:
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Waterfall
Huka Falls Walkway
4.7

1
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Tongaporutu

Tongaporutu ©
Tongaporutu is a settlement in northern Taranaki, in the North Island of New Zealand. On the 9th (Fri), take a pleasant ride with Horses @Pukatea Hill and then make a trip to Three Sisters.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tongaporutu trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongaporutu takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Whanganui.

Things to do in Tongaporutu

Tours · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Jul 8 — 9:
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Horseback Riding Tour
Horses @Pukatea Hill
4.0
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Landmark
Three Sisters
4.6

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Whanganui

Whanganui ©
On the 10th (Sat), examine the collection at Whanganui Regional Museum, view the masterpieces at Sarjeant Gallery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Virginia Lake, and finally admire the natural beauty at Bason Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Whanganui River, then see the interesting displays at New Zealand Rugby Museum, and then examine the collection at Te Manawa.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Whanganui online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Tongaporutu to Whanganui by car takes about 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whanganui

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

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Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:
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Art Gallery
Sarjeant Gallery
3.9
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Water Body
Virginia Lake
4.8
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History Museum
Whanganui Regional Museum
4.3

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Wellington

Wellington

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wellington: Poppies Martinborough (in Martinborough), C'est Cheese (in Featherston) and Queen Charlotte Track (in Picton). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, and get great views at Mount Victoria.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Wellington trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Whanganui to Wellington in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Wellington are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 16:
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