23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Auckland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Rotorua
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Gisborne
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Tokaanu
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
5
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Sydney

5
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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, take in the waterfront activity at Viaduct Harbour, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip builder app.

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Auckland, you'll lose 2 hours 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 20°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

7
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, get engrossed in the history at Rotorua Museum, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa.

For photos and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua road trip planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Auckland in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Rotorua, with highs around 25°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gisborne.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Spas Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hamilton Gardens, Hobbiton Movie Set
Highlights from your plan
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

3
nights
Gisborne

Gisborne ©
A holiday in Gisborne incorporates both leisure and culture.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gisborne: Rere Falls (in Rere), Rere Rockslide (in Rere) and Morere Hot Springs (in Morere). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Tairawhiti Museum, delve into the lush surroundings at Eastwoodhill Arboretum, do a tasting at Kirkpatrick Estate Winery, and see the interesting displays at East Coast Museum of Technology.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Gisborne visit planning site.

Getting from Rotorua to Gisborne by car takes about 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokaanu.

Things to do in Gisborne

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Rere Falls, Eastwoodhill Arboretum, Tolaga Bay Historic Wharf, Rere Rockslide, Morere Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Rere Rockslide ©
Rere Rockslide
Tairawhiti Museum ©
Tairawhiti Museum
Eastwoodhill Arboretum ©
Eastwoodhill Arboretum

5
nights
Tokaanu

Tokaanu ©
Get out of town with these interesting Tokaanu side-trips: Roselands Farm Park (in Waitomo Caves), Mount Ruapehu (in Tongariro National Park) and Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu (in Whakapapa). On the 11th (Thu), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokaanu route app.

Drive from Gisborne to Tokaanu in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Tokaanu

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing, Roselands Farm Park
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Auckland

Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then contemplate the geological forces at One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie). On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Auckland sightseeing planning website.

You can drive from Tokaanu to Auckland in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Room Escape Games
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki ©
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

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