25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Marton
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
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Tauranga
— 15 nights
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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Tauranga
— 1 night
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Turangi
— 2 nights
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Marton

Marton is a town in the Rangitikei district of the Manawatu-Wanganui region of New Zealand's North Island. On the 18th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ad-Deen Mosque, appreciate the history behind Gumboot Statue, then take a peaceful walk through Mount Stewart Reserve, then make a trip to Whitecliffs Boulders, and finally tee off at Rangatira Golf Club. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Bruce Park Loop Track, admire the natural beauty at Cross Hills Gardens, then browse for treasures at Bulls Antiques, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Dudding Lake.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Marton trip planner.

Upper Hutt to Marton is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Marton when traveling from Upper Hutt in December, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Marton

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Rotorua

Sulphur City

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 20th (Sun), take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then experience the excitement of Amokura Glass, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Marton to Rotorua takes 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Marton in December: highs in Rotorua hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tauranga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Tauranga

The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tauranga: Wairere Falls (in Okauia), Waitomo Caves (Ruakuri Walk & Waitomo Glowworm Caves) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 24th (Thu) at Waimarino Adventure Park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Aerius Helicopters, kick back and relax at Pilot Bay, hike along Mount Maunganui Base Track, and stroll through Mt Maunganui Main Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tauranga trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Tauranga takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tauranga are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

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Auckland

City of Sails

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: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo, stop by Pauanesia, and explore the activities along Devonport.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Auckland road trip tool.

You can drive from Tauranga to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Tauranga in January, plan for slightly colder days in Auckland, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tauranga.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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Tauranga

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tauranga trip builder.

Drive from Auckland to Tauranga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Auckland in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Tauranga, with highs around 27°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Turangi.

Things to do in Tauranga

Spas
Highlights from your trip

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Turangi

Turangi is a small town on the west bank of the Tongariro River, 50 kilometres south-west of Taupo on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Turangi driving holiday app.

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Turangi takes 3 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Turangi

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.