12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Hamilton
— Few hours
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Waihi Beach
— 1 night
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Rotorua
— 1 night
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Kinloch
— Few hours
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Owhango
— 1 night
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Tongariro National Park
— Few hours
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Taupo
— 1 night
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Napier
— 1 night
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Lower Hutt
— 2 nights
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Paraparaumu
— Few hours
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Whanganui
— 1 night
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New Plymouth
— 2 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— Few hours
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Hamilton
— 1 night

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Hamilton

Hamilton

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On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hamilton online tour builder.

Auckland to Hamilton is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Auckland in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Hamilton, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Waihi Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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Waihi Beach

Waihi Beach
Waihi Beach is a coastal town at the western end of the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand's North Island. To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Waihi Beach trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Waihi Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Waihi Beach can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Tue) before leaving for Rotorua.

Things to do in Waihi Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums

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Rotorua

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.
To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua online trip maker.

Drive from Waihi Beach to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. November in Rotorua sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kinloch.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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Kinloch

Kinloch
To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kinloch trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Kinloch takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll set off for Owhango on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Kinloch

Outdoors · Golf · Wildlife · Tours

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Owhango

Owhango
Owhango is a small town in New Zealand situated about south of Taumarunui on State Highway 4.Formerly Owhango was a mill town, milling native timbers from around the local area. To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Owhango travel planner.

Getting from Kinloch to Owhango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Owhango

Tours · Parks

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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.
To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Owhango to Tongariro National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

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Taupo

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.
To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo visit planner.

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Napier.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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Napier

Napier
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Napier trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Taupo to Napier in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lower Hutt.

Things to do in Napier

Tours · Outdoors · Wineries · Parks

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Lower Hutt

Lower Hutt
Lower Hutt is a city in the Wellington Region of the North Island of New Zealand. To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lower Hutt road trip site.

You can drive from Napier to Lower Hutt in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Paraparaumu.

Things to do in Lower Hutt

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games

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Paraparaumu

Paraparaumu
Paraparaumu is a town in the south-western North Island of New Zealand. To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paraparaumu online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Lower Hutt to Paraparaumu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Paraparaumu, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 9th (Mon), you're off to Whanganui.

Things to do in Paraparaumu

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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Whanganui

Whanganui ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Wanganui Winter Garden and then explore the activities along Virginia Lake.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Whanganui travel route builder tool.

You can drive from Paraparaumu to Whanganui in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Paraparaumu in November, you will find days in Whanganui are little chillier (17°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Tue) before leaving for New Plymouth.

Things to do in Whanganui

Parks · Nature
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Water Body
Virginia Lake
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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, then look for gifts at Giles Chocolatier, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pukekura Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Brooklands Zoo.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the New Plymouth online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Whanganui to New Plymouth in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
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Scenic Walking Area
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip planning tool.

You can drive from New Plymouth to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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Hamilton

Hamilton

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To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton day trip planner.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hamilton

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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