17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Whangarei
— 2 nights
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Paihia
— 2 nights
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Cape Reinga
— 1 night
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Whitianga
— 1 night
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Tauranga
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Brick Bay Sculpture Trail and Walking tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Auckland: Cement Works (in Warkworth) and Sculptureum (in Matakana). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Hauraki Gulf, admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and stroll around Cornwall Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Auckland. June in Auckland sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Whangarei.

Things to do in Auckland

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Brick Bay Sculpture Trail ©
Brick Bay Sculpture Trail
Walking tours
Sculptureum ©
Sculptureum

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Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): wander the streets of Town Basin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Whangarei Falls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Manaia Track, and finally trek along Bream Head Coast Walks. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Whangarei Quarry Gardens, then try for a hole-in-one at Extreme Mini Golf, then take an in-depth tour of The Kauri Museum, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Whangarei journey planner.

Getting from Auckland to Whangarei by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Whangarei

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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Mount Manaia Track ©
Mount Manaia Track
The Kauri Museum ©
The Kauri Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at The Parrot Place, trek along Nancy Fladgate Track, then contemplate the long history of Pompallier Mission and Printery, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, look for gifts at The Cabbage Tree Shop, then do a tasting at Byrne Northland Wines, then explore the fascinating underground world of Kawiti Caves, and finally make a trip to Kawakawa Public Toilets by Hundertwasser.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Paihia vacation builder.

Drive from Whangarei to Paihia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
The Parrot Place ©
The Parrot Place
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery

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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. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Cape Reinga Lighthouse and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tapotupotu Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cape Reinga road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Cape Reinga takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Cape Reinga Lighthouse ©
Cape Reinga Lighthouse

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Whitianga

Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the activities along Stingray Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk, relax in the rural setting at Whiti Farm Park, then examine the collection at Mercury Bay Museum Whitianga, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Whitianga online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cape Reinga to Whitianga in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Whitianga can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to fly to Tauranga.

Things to do in Whitianga

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Mercury Bay Museum Whitianga ©
Mercury Bay Museum Whitianga

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Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
On the 7th (Tue), walk around Te Puna Quarry Park, walk around Johnson Reserve, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then explore the activities along Waikareao Estuary, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Hairy Maclary & Friends Tauranga Waterfront Sculpture, see The Aviator Experience, step off the mainland to explore Moturiki Island, then stroll through Mount Maunganui Base Track, and finally kick back and relax at Pilot Bay.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tauranga online trip planner.

You can fly from Whitianga to Tauranga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in July, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
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Moturiki Island ©
Moturiki Island
Pilot Bay ©
Pilot Bay

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseback Riding Tours and Government Gardens. Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Kuirau Park.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tauranga to Rotorua in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Horseback Riding Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Volcanic Hills Winery ©
Volcanic Hills Winery

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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 13th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Head underground at Caveworld, Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Ruakuri Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, explore the striking landscape at Hawkes Bay, step off the mainland to explore Kapiti Island, then relax in the rural setting at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, and finally relax in the rural setting at Piopio Berry Orchard.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip website.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Caveworld ©
Caveworld
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

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