25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  7 h
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
2
Whangarei
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Russell
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Cape Reinga
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
5
Dargaville
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
6
Hamilton
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Levin
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
10
Napier
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
11
Gisborne
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
12
Te Araroa
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
13
Whakatane
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
14
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
15
Taupo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
16
Matamata
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
17
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Brisbane

2
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.
For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland trip planning site .

Brisbane, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Auckland is 2 hours. When traveling from Brisbane in February, plan for slightly colder days in Auckland, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. You'll set off for Whangarei on the 4th (Tue).

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks

3
nights
Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Hatea Loop and then appreciate the history behind Te Kakano.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Whangarei road trip planner .

Getting from Auckland to Whangarei by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. On the 7th (Fri), you're off to Russell.

Things to do in Whangarei

Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Te Kakano ©
Te Kakano

1
night
Russell

Russell
Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): kick back and relax at The Strand Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Russell trip planning tool .

You can drive from Whangarei to Russell in 1.5 hours. You will leave for Cape Reinga on the 8th (Sat).

Things to do in Russell

Beaches Parks Outdoors

1
night
Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): kick back and relax at Tapotupotu Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cape Reinga tour itinerary builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Russell to Cape Reinga. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dargaville.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Beaches Parks Outdoors

1
night
Dargaville

Dargaville
Dargaville is a town in the North Island of New Zealand. On the 9th (Sun), explore and take pictures at Nelson's Kaihu Kauri and then kick back and relax at Baylys Beach.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Dargaville trip itinerary planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cape Reinga to Dargaville. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Dargaville

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping

2
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sapper Horace Moore-Jones commemorative statue.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton vacation builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Dargaville to Hamilton. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Hamilton

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary ©
Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary

1
night
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): make a trip to Port Taranaki Walkway, stroll through Back Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read New Plymouth trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Hamilton to New Plymouth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Levin.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Port Taranaki Walkway ©
Port Taranaki Walkway
Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary ©

1
night
Levin

Levin ©
Levin is the largest town and seat of the Horowhenua District, in the Manawatu-Wanganui region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Studio 202, look for all kinds of wild species at Kimberley Reserve, then identify plant and animal life at Owlcatraz, then contemplate the long history of De Molen, Windmill, and finally examine the collection at Oranjehof, Dutch Connection Centre. On the next day, trek along Otaki River Walks and then learn about winemaking at Ohau Wines.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Levin travel itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from New Plymouth to Levin with the Route module. In February, daily temperatures in Levin can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Levin

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Foxton, Ohau Wines, Owlcatraz, Otaki River Walks
Highlights from your plan
Kimberley Reserve ©
Kimberley Reserve
Owlcatraz ©
Owlcatraz
De Molen, Windmill ©
De Molen, Windmill

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 14th (Fri): examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bolton Street Cemetery, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally hike along Wellington City Walkways.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Wellington trip builder app .

You can drive from Levin to Wellington in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Levin in February, you will find days in Wellington are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). On the 16th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Napier.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial

1
night
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): do a tasting at Moana Park Winery and then stroll through Ahuriri Estuary Walk.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Napier trip site .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Napier takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gisborne.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Te Mata Peak, Gannet Colony
Highlights from your plan
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Moana Park Winery ©
Moana Park Winery
Gannet Colony ©
Gannet Colony

1
night
Gisborne

Gisborne
A holiday in Gisborne incorporates both leisure and culture.
For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gisborne trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Napier to Gisborne. On the 18th (Tue), you'll travel to Te Araroa.

Things to do in Gisborne

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Te Araroa

Te Araroa ©
You've now added Hicks Bay Wharf to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at East Cape Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront at Hicks Bay Wharf.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Te Araroa route maker site .

Explore your travel options from Gisborne to Te Araroa with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Whakatane.

Things to do in Te Araroa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

East Cape Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
East Cape Lighthouse ©
East Cape Lighthouse
Hicks Bay Wharf ©
Hicks Bay Wharf

1
night
Whakatane

Whakatane
Whakatāne is a town in the eastern Bay of Plenty Region in the North Island of New Zealand, 90 km east of Tauranga and 89 km north-east of Rotorua, at the mouth of the Whakatāne River. To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Whakatane holiday website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Araroa to Whakatane. February in Whakatane sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. You will leave for Rotorua on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Whakatane

Outdoors Tours Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, trek along Blue Lake Track, then identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally explore the striking landscape of Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours, explore and take pictures at Te Puia, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Planning Rotorua trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Whakatane to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Rotorua are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Highlights from your plan
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
River Rafting & Tubing
Blue Lake Track ©
Blue Lake Track

1
night
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo online trip planner .

Take a bus from Rotorua to Taupo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Matamata.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire ©

1
night
Matamata

Matamata ©
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): hike along Wairere Falls Track, get engrossed in the history at Te Aroha & District Museum, and then trek along Waiorongomai Valley Tramping Tracks.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Matamata trip builder site .

Getting from Taupo to Matamata by car takes about 1.5 hours. February in Matamata sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Matamata

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Te Aroha, Wairere Falls Track
Highlights from your plan
Wairere Falls Track ©
Wairere Falls Track
Te Aroha & District Museum ©
Te Aroha & District Museum

2
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Auckland Museum and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Step off the beaten path and head to Brick Bay Sculpture Trail and Nelson Street Cycleway. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Bohemian Museum (in Puhoi), Orewa Beach (in Orewa) and Snells Beach (in Warkworth).

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Auckland visit website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Matamata to Auckland. Traveling from Matamata in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Auckland, with lows around 26°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Orewa Beach, Bohemian Museum, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, Snells Beach
Highlights from your plan
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Brick Bay Sculpture Trail ©
Brick Bay Sculpture Trail
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

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