18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Raglan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Whitianga
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Waikawau
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Matamata
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
6
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Hastings
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Opotiki
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

2
nights
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.
On the 27th (Sun), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, and then snap pictures at Wynyard Crossing. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Orewa Lookout, don't miss a visit to The Alan Gibbs Farm, then get outside with Matakana Beach Outfitters, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Matakana War Memorial.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Auckland online trip itinerary builder .

Vancouver, Canada to Auckland is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Auckland is 20 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Auckland when traveling from Vancouver in October, with lows around 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Tue) before leaving for Raglan.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Matakana, Orewa Lookout
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
The Alan Gibbs Farm ©
The Alan Gibbs Farm
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral

2
nights
Raglan

Raglan ©
Raglan is a small beachside town located 48 km west of Hamilton, New Zealand on State Highway 23. Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): head outdoors with Raglan Rock and then take in the waterfront at Raglan Wharf. Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, make a trip to Raglan Domain, then ride a horse along Wildcoast Ruapuke Horse Riding, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wainui Reserve.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Raglan trip maker tool .

You can drive from Auckland to Raglan in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Auckland in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Raglan, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Whitianga.

Things to do in Raglan

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Raglan Rock ©
Raglan Rock
Spas & Wellness
Raglan Wharf ©
Raglan Wharf

1
night
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): stop by Moko Artspace.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Whitianga trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Raglan to Whitianga in 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Whitianga can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Waikawau.

Things to do in Whitianga

Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Moko Artspace
Highlights from your plan
Moko Artspace ©
Moko Artspace

2
nights
Waikawau

Waikawau ©
On the 1st (Fri), kick back and relax at Whangapoua Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at New Chums Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Waikawau Beach and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Waikawau journey maker site .

Drive from Whitianga to Waikawau in 2 hours. November in Waikawau sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Matamata.

Things to do in Waikawau

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Whangapoua, Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity
Highlights from your plan
Whangapoua Beach ©
Whangapoua Beach
Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity ©
New Chums Beach ©
New Chums Beach

few
hours
Matamata

Matamata ©
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. You've now added Hobbiton Movie Set to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set and then trek along Wairere Falls Track.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Matamata day trip site .

You can drive from Waikawau to Matamata in 3 hours. In November in Matamata, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Matamata

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Wairere Falls Track, Hobbiton Movie Set
Highlights from your plan
Wairere Falls Track ©
Wairere Falls Track
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

2
nights
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.
On the 3rd (Sun), make a trip to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe.

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Traveling by car from Matamata to Rotorua takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Government Gardens ©
Government Gardens
Volcanic Hills Winery ©
Volcanic Hills Winery

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms and then head off the coast to Matiu / Somes Island. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Mount Kaukau, delve into the lush surroundings at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, then learn about all things military at National War Memorial, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

Start your trip to Wellington by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Rotorua to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Rotorua in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Wellington: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hastings.

Things to do in Wellington

Nature Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Matiu / Somes Island ©
Matiu / Somes Island
Room Escape Games

1
night
Hastings

Hastings ©
Hastings is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): walk around Cornwall Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hastings driving holiday site .

Traveling by car from Wellington to Hastings takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Opotiki.

Things to do in Hastings

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cornwall Park ©
Cornwall Park

3
nights
Opotiki

Opotiki ©
Opotiki is a small town in the eastern Bay of Plenty in the North Island of New Zealand. Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk and Motu Trails - Day Adventures. Step out of Opotiki with an excursion to Gisborne i-SITE Mini Golf in Gisborne--about 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Motu Trails, identify plant and animal life at Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve, admire all the interesting features of Motu Road, and examine the collection at Opotiki District Museum.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Opotiki tour planner .

Getting from Hastings to Opotiki by car takes about 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Opotiki

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, Gisborne i-SITE Mini Golf
Highlights from your plan
Motu Trails ©
Motu Trails
Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk ©
Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk
Motu Road ©
Motu Road

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