42 days in New Zealand Itinerary

42 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  7 h
1
Wellington
— 7 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
New Plymouth
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Taupo
— 11 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Tauranga
— 9 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Auckland
— 7 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Sydney

7
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.
Explore Wellington's surroundings by going to Queen Charlotte Track (in Picton) and Southward Car Museum (in Paraparaumu). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and meet the residents at Wellington Zoo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary maker website.

Sydney, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Wellington due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Wellington to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Lower Hutt, Pataka Art + Museum, Kapiti Island, Wellington Botanic Garden, Queen Charlotte Track
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

7
nights
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New Plymouth: Tawhiti Museum (in Hawera), Fenton Street Art Collective (in Stratford) and Egmont National Park (Connett Loop Track & Mount Taranaki). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Pukekura Park, hike along Te Henui Walkway, walk around Tupare, and wander the streets of West End Precinct.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our New Plymouth trip website.

You can fly from Wellington to New Plymouth in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Egmont National Park, Tawhiti Museum, Fenton Street Art Collective
Highlights from your plan
Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Tawhiti Museum ©
Tawhiti Museum

11
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taupo: Napier (National Tobacco Company Building, Wine Tours & Tastings, &more), Tongariro National Park (Te Porere Redoubt, Tongariro Alpine Crossing, &more) and Rotorua (Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, &more). There's much more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trek along Ridge Track, and admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Taupo journey tool.

Traveling by car from New Plymouth to Taupo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, Napier, Rotorua, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

9
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 out of town with these interesting Tauranga side-trips: Dog and Sheep Shaped Corrugated Metal Buildings (in Tirau), Rotorua (Lake Okareka Walkway, Helicopter Tours, &more) and Agrodome (in Ngongotaha). There's much more to do: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set, and take in the dramatic scenery at McLaren Falls Park.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tauranga trip planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Tauranga in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Rotorua, Waitomo Caves, Whakatane, Dog and Sheep Shaped Corrugated Metal Buildings, Okere Falls Track
Highlights from your plan
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Zipline

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Connells Bay Sculpture Park (in Waiheke Island), Orewa Lookout (in Orewa) and Obsidian Vineyard (in Onetangi). There's much more to do: make a trip to SkyTower, step off the mainland to explore Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Auckland visit website.

Getting from Tauranga to Auckland by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Tauranga in February, Auckland is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Stockade Hill, Takapuna Beach Playground, Orewa Lookout, Cheltenham Beach
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island

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