44 days in New Zealand Itinerary

44 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Martinborough
— 2 nights
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Castlepoint
— 2 nights
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Napier
— 2 nights
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Tauranga
— 3 nights
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Hahei
— 4 nights
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Whangarei
— 5 nights
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Paihia
— 2 nights
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Russell
— 1 night
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Kerikeri
— 5 nights
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Cape Reinga
— 12 nights
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Kaitaia
— 3 nights
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Wellington
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Martinborough

Martinborough is a town in the South Wairarapa District, in the Wellington region of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): get interesting insight from Patuna Farm Adventures. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Palliser Estate, then take in the views from Waiohine Gorge Suspension Bridge, and then look for gifts at Peonies Home and Living.

Plan trip to Martinborough with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Wellington to Martinborough is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. February in Martinborough sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Castlepoint.

Things to do in Martinborough

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 3:

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Castlepoint

Castlepoint is a small beachside town on the Wairarapa coast of the Wellington Region of New Zealand. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Waihi Falls and then enjoy the sea views from Castlepoint Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Castlepoint day trip planning website.

You can drive from Martinborough to Castlepoint in 2 hours. You will leave for Napier on the 5th (Fri).

Things to do in Castlepoint

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:
Highlights from your trip

2
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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.
To find traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Napier trip planner.

You can drive from Castlepoint to Napier in 4 hours. On the 7th (Sun), you're off to Tauranga.

Things to do in Napier

Tours · Outdoors · Wineries · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:

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Tauranga

The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Tauranga is known for trails, beaches, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Mt Maunganui Main Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Tauranga journey maker tool.

Traveling by car from Napier to Tauranga takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Tauranga can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will leave for Hahei on the 10th (Wed).

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 10:
Highlights from your trip

4
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Hahei

Hahei is known for trails, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Stingray Bay.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hahei trip website.

You can drive from Tauranga to Hahei in 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Hahei can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 14th (Sun), you're off to Whangarei.

Things to do in Hahei

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 14:
Highlights from your trip

5
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Whangarei

Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Whangarei Falls and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Whangarei side-trips: Parry Kauri Park (in Warkworth) and Whale Bay (in Matapouri).

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Whangarei road trip tool.

You can drive from Hahei to Whangarei in 4.5 hours. On the 19th (Fri), you're off to Paihia.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 19:

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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Paihia sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Whangarei to Paihia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Russell.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 19 — 21:

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Russell

Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. To find out how to plan a trip to Russell, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Paihia to Russell by car takes about an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Russell

Historic Sites · Spas · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 22:

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Kerikeri

Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. Explore hidden gems such as Rainbow Falls and Haruru Falls. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station and St James Anglican Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Christ Church (in Russell), Four Sisters Walk (in Waipoua Forest) and Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi). And it doesn't end there: trek along Puketi Nature Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, savor the flavors at Bay of Islands Farmers Market, and look for gifts at The Old Packhouse Market.

Plan a Kerikeri trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Russell to Kerikeri by car takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 22 — 27:

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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. We've included these beaches for you: Matai Bay and Tapotupotu Beach. There's more to do: take some stellar pictures from Cape Reinga Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Cape Reinga trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kerikeri to Cape Reinga by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 11:
Highlights from your trip

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Kaitaia

Kaitaia is a town in the Far North District of New Zealand, at the base of the Aupouri Peninsula, about 160 km northwest of Whangarei. For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kaitaia online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Reinga to Kaitaia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 14th (Sun), you're off to Wellington.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 14:

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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.
On the 14th (Sun), take some stellar pictures from Wright's Hill. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, get a sense of history and politics at Government House, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Palliser Lighthouse.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington day trip planning site.

Explore your travel options from Kaitaia to Wellington with the Route module. In March, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:

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.