7 days in New Zealand Itinerary

7 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Fly
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New Plymouth
— 1 night
Fly
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Napier
— 1 night
Drive
4
Tauranga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Auckland
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
On the 24th (Sat), get impressive views of Mount Eden, make a trip to Viaduct Harbour, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland travel itinerary planner.

Queenstown to Auckland is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

1
night
New Plymouth

Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): stroll around Pukekura Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary, browse the exhibits of Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, then make a trip to Clock Tower, and finally get curious at Puke Ariki.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read New Plymouth trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to New Plymouth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Napier.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Childrens Museums

1
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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 27th (Tue): do a tasting at Church Road Winery Cellar Door, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and then make a trip to Marine Parade.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Napier journey planner.

Traveling by flight from New Plymouth to Napier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Napier

Wineries · Tours

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nights
Tauranga

The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
On the 28th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an unforgettable tour with Aerius Helicopters, then take the plunge with Skydive Tauranga, then trek along Mount Maunganui Base Track, and finally trek along Mount Maunganui Summit Track.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tauranga trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Napier to Tauranga in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. October in Tauranga sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Tauranga

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

1
night
Auckland

City of Sails

On the 30th (Fri), stroll around Auckland Domain, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

Plan my day in Auckland using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Tauranga in October, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Wineries · Parks · Tours

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
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.