17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Whangamata
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
5
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Te Awanga
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
7
Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Sydney

2
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
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 30th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, stop by Pauanesia, then stop by Ponsonby, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): head off the coast to Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, then listen to music at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and then contemplate the long history of Stockade Hill.

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Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Auckland due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Whangamata.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Stockade Hill
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre

2
nights
Whangamata

Whangamata ©
The town of Whangamatā is sited on the southeast coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Whangamata Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Opoutere Surf Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hot Water Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Pauanui Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whiritoa Beach.

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Drive from Auckland to Whangamata in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Auckland in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Whangamata, with highs around 27°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whangamata

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Opoutere Surf Beach, Hot Water Beach, Whiritoa Beach, Pauanui Beach
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Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Opoutere Surf Beach ©
Opoutere Surf Beach
Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach

2
nights
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 3rd (Mon): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, then Head underground at Caveworld, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves online tour planner .

Drive from Whangamata to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

3
nights
Rotorua

Rotorua ©
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.
New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and Helium Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, make a trip to Te Puia, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua day trip tool .

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

3
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tukairangi Gallery and Lava Glass. Popular historic sites such as Te Porere Redoubt and Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, make a splash at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, and hike along Huka Falls Walkway.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo day trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Rotorua to Taupo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Te Awanga.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
Te Awanga

Te Awanga ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Birdwoods Gallery, learn about winemaking at Elephant Hill, and then identify plant and animal life at Cape Kidnappers.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Te Awanga itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Taupo to Te Awanga takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Te Awanga

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Cape Kidnappers, Birdwoods Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Cape Kidnappers ©
Cape Kidnappers
Elephant Hill ©
Elephant Hill
Birdwoods Gallery ©
Birdwoods Gallery

3
nights
Wellington

Wellington
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.
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Katherine Mansfield House and Garden are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Wellington Cable Car and Old St Paul's will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Wellington with an excursion to Poppies Martinborough in Martinborough--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kotuku School Memorial, explore the world behind art at City Gallery Wellington, view the masterpieces at Maori Arts Gallery, and get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Te Awanga to Wellington by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in February, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kotuku School Memorial, Poppies Martinborough
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

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