18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 1 night
2
Matamata
— 1 night
3
Hinuera
— Few hours
4
Rotorua
— 2 nights
5
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
6
Whanganui
— Few hours
7
Paraparaumu
— 1 night
8
Wellington
— 5 nights
9
Picton
— 2 nights
10
Nelson
— 2 nights

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Viaduct Harbour, Ponsonby, Orewa Beach, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get impressive views of Mount Eden, enjoy the sand and surf at Orewa Beach, and then visit Ponsonby. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Viaduct Harbour and then admire the sheer force of Hunua Falls.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland day trip app.

Singapore, Singapore to Auckland is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to Auckland, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, you will find days in Auckland are cooler (°C), and nights are slightly colder (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Matamata.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Hunua Falls, Orewa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Hunua Falls ©
Hunua Falls

1
night
Matamata

Matamata
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Make your Matamata itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Auckland to Matamata in 2 hours. Traveling from Auckland in December, expect nights in Matamata to be slightly colder, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. On the 26th (Tue), you're off to Hinuera.

Things to do in Matamata

Outdoors Tours Adventure

few
hours
Hinuera

Hinuera
Hinuera's claim to fame is Hobbiton, the setting for the shires in the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies by New Zealand director Peter Jackson.
To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hinuera day trip planning site.

Hinuera is very close to Matamata. In December in Hinuera, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 26th (Tue), you'll travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Hinuera

Parks Nature

2
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.
You've added Hobbiton Movie Set, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Polynesian Spa, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 26th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Rotorua day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Hinuera to Rotorua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hobbiton Movie Set, Huka Falls Walkway
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

1
night
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tongariro Alpine Crossing as well as Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): hit the best photo ops around with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour and then stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park road trip planning website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Whanganui.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing

few
hours
Whanganui

Whanganui ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Wanganui Winter Garden and then contemplate the waterfront views at Virginia Lake.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Whanganui trip planner.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Whanganui in 2.5 hours. December in Whanganui sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Paraparaumu.

Things to do in Whanganui

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Lake ©
Virginia Lake
Wanganui Winter Garden ©
Wanganui Winter Garden

1
night
Paraparaumu

Paraparaumu
Paraparaumu is a town in the south-western North Island of New Zealand. Before you visit Paraparaumu, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Whanganui to Paraparaumu takes 2 hours. Traveling from Whanganui in December, expect little chillier with lows of °C in Paraparaumu. On the 30th (Sat), you're off to Wellington.

Things to do in Paraparaumu

Parks Outdoors Tours

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Scorching Bay. There's still lots to do: learn something new at Weta Workshop.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington online trip planner.

You can drive from Paraparaumu to Wellington in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Thu) before leaving for Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scorching Bay ©
Scorching Bay
Weta Workshop ©
Weta Workshop

2
nights
Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): hike along Queen Charlotte Track. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Cloudy Bay, see the interesting displays at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, and then meet the residents at EcoWorld Aquarium and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Picton road trip website.

Getting from Wellington to Picton by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. January in Picton sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nelson.

Things to do in Picton

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Cloudy Bay
Highlights from your plan
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum ©
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

2
nights
Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiteriteri Beach, thensee the interesting displays at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Abel Tasman Coast Track.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nelson trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Picton to Nelson in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 8th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Abel Tasman Coast Track, Kaiteriteri Beach
Highlights from your plan
Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum ©
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

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