21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Hobart
Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Hastings
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Opunake
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Hamilton
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Matamata
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
7
Tauranga
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Coromandel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h
End: Hobart

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.
On the 28th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, thentake a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, admire all the interesting features of Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, and finally hike along Catchpool Loop Walk.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington day trip planning website.

Hobart, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hobart to Wellington. Traveling from Hobart in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Wellington, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hastings.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Catchpool Loop Walk
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

2
nights
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. On the 30th (Thu), tee off at Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, learn about winemaking at Elephant Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk, thendo a tasting at Trinity Hill Winery, thenlearn about winemaking at Alpha Domus Ltd., and finally learn about winemaking at Dolce Vista. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Waimarama Beach, thendo a tasting at Vidal Estate Cellar Door, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Te Mata Peak, and finally learn about winemaking at Craggy Range.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hastings planning app.

Traveling by car from Wellington to Hastings takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Hastings

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Elephant Hill, Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk, Cape Kidnappers Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
Trinity Hill Winery ©
Trinity Hill Winery
Elephant Hill ©
Elephant Hill
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get outdoors at Tawhai Falls and Silica Rapids Track. Get some cultural insight at Te Porere Redoubt and Ohakune Old Coach Road. Step out of Tongariro National Park with an excursion to The Barbed Wire Gallery in Raetihi--about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, trek along Ridge Track, stroll through Mead's Wall, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Hastings to Tongariro National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Opunake.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

The Barbed Wire Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

1
night
Opunake

Opunake ©
Opunake is a small town on the southwest coast of Taranaki in New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Egmont Lighthouse and then enjoy the sand and surf at Opunake Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Opunake trip planner.

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Opunake in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Opunake

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Cape Egmont Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Cape Egmont Lighthouse ©
Cape Egmont Lighthouse

2
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the 5th (Wed), examine the collection at Waikato Museum, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and then admire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Raglan Rock, identify plant and animal life at Wainui Reserve, and then kick back and relax at Ngarunui Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hamilton travel planning website.

Traveling by car from Opunake to Hamilton takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Matamata.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Raglan
Highlights from your plan
Raglan Rock ©
Raglan Rock
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum
Ngarunui Beach ©
Ngarunui Beach

1
night
Matamata

Matamata ©
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Matamata day trip tool.

Drive from Hamilton to Matamata in an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Matamata can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tauranga.
Highlights from your plan
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

4
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Zipline. Venture out of the city with trips to Rotorua (Volcanic Hills Winery, Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, &more) and Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre (in Ngongotaha). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Mt Maunganui Main Beach.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Tauranga trip simple and quick.

Drive from Matamata to Tauranga in an hour. In August in Tauranga, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Coromandel.

Things to do in Tauranga

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Rotorua
Highlights from your plan
Volcanic Hills Winery ©
Volcanic Hills Winery
Zipline
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park

2
nights
Coromandel

Coromandel ©
Coromandel is a town on the Coromandel Harbour, on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula, which is on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Coromandel Forest Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to The Lost Spring and then kick back and relax at Matarangi Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Coromandel online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tauranga to Coromandel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August in Coromandel, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Coromandel

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

The Lost Spring, Matarangi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Coromandel Forest Park ©
Coromandel Forest Park
Matarangi Beach ©
Matarangi Beach
The Lost Spring ©
The Lost Spring

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Auckland Museum and Foxes Island. Take a break from the city and head to Piha Beach and Anawhata. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Red Beach (in Red Beach) and Orewa (Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway & Orewa Beach). It doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower and take a stroll through Devonport.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland online vacation planner.

Drive from Coromandel to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Coromandel in August, you will find days in Auckland are slightly colder (14°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (14°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Orewa, Red Beach, Anawhata, Piha Beach
Highlights from your plan
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach

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