12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 1 night
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Taupiri
— 1 night
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Matamata
— 1 night
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
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Whakatane
— 1 night
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Taupo
— 2 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
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Auckland
— 1 night

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): walk around Auckland Domain. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip itinerary planning app.

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In November, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Taupiri.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo
Auckland Domain ©
Auckland Domain

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Taupiri

Taupiri ©
On the 19th (Sat), get to know the resident critters at Hamilton Zoo, examine the collection at Waikato Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupiri itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Auckland to Taupiri in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Auckland in November since evenings lows in Taupiri dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Matamata.

Things to do in Taupiri

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

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Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Hamilton Zoo ©
Hamilton Zoo
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum

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Matamata

Matamata ©
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Firth Tower Estate and Museum, then paddle through the water with Lake District Adventures, and then take in the pleasant sights at Te Waihou Walkway.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Matamata tour planner.

Drive from Taupiri to Matamata in an hour. In November in Matamata, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Matamata

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

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Lake District Adventures ©
Lake District Adventures
Firth Tower Estate and Museum ©
Firth Tower Estate and Museum

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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.
On the 21st (Mon), contemplate the long history of Tamaki Maori Village, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Agrodome, then take an in-depth tour of Rotorua Museum, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planning site.

You can drive from Matamata to Rotorua in an hour. In November, daytime highs in Rotorua are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Whakatane.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Tamaki Maori Village ©
Tamaki Maori Village

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Whakatane

Whakatane ©
Whakatāne is a town in the eastern Bay of Plenty Region in the North Island of New Zealand, 90 km east of Tauranga and 89 km north-east of Rotorua, at the mouth of the Whakatāne River. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Whakaari White Island Volcano.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Whakatane tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Whakatane takes 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Whakatane are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakatane

Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Whakaari White Island Volcano ©
Whakaari White Island Volcano

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve. On the next day, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, then make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

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

Traveling by car from Whakatane to Taupo takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Maori Rock Carvings ©
Maori Rock Carvings

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 26th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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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.
On the 27th (Sun), relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, then hike along Ruakuri Walk, and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip planner.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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Auckland

Auckland ©

City of Sails

On the 28th (Mon), don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland travel route planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower

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