10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 1 day
2
Gisborne
— 1 night
3
Tauranga
— 1 night
4
Rotorua
— 1 night
5
Taupo
— 1 night
6
Napier
— 1 night
7
Hastings
— 1 night
8
Palmerston North
— 1 night
9
Wellington
— 1 night
10
New Plymouth
— 1 night

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Auckland trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Auckland. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Gisborne.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

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night
Gisborne

Gisborne ©
A holiday in Gisborne incorporates both leisure and culture.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the world behind art at Tairawhiti Museum, then learn about winemaking at Millton Vineyards & Winery, then delve into the lush surroundings at Eastwoodhill Arboretum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sunshine Brewery & Taproom.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gisborne itinerary tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Auckland to Gisborne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Tauranga.

Things to do in Gisborne

Wineries · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Eastwoodhill Arboretum, Millton Vineyards & Winery
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Millton Vineyards & Winery ©
Millton Vineyards & Winery
Eastwoodhill Arboretum ©
Eastwoodhill Arboretum
Tairawhiti Museum ©
Tairawhiti Museum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): kick back and relax at Papamoa Beach, hike along Mount Maunganui Base Track, then hike along Mount Maunganui Summit Track, and finally stroll through Mt Maunganui Main Beach.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tauranga online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Gisborne to Tauranga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tauranga

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Papamoa Beach
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach

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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 5th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, then view the masterpieces at New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, and finally stop by Helium Gallery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Tauranga to Rotorua in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Rotorua are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Helium Gallery ©
Helium Gallery

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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 6th (Mon): view the masterpieces at L'Arte, browse the exhibits of Tukairangi Gallery, then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Lava Glass.

Plan a trip to Taupo easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Napier.

Things to do in Taupo

Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
L'Arte ©
L'Arte
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Lava Glass ©
Lava Glass

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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 7th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk, learn about winemaking at Church Road Winery Cellar Door & Restaurant, explore the galleries of VIVA Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Creative Arts Napier, and finally look for gifts at New Zealand Wine Centre.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Napier trip builder site.

You can drive from Taupo to Napier in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Hastings.

Things to do in Napier

Shopping · Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
New Zealand Wine Centre ©
New Zealand Wine Centre
Creative Arts Napier ©
Creative Arts Napier

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night
Hastings

Hastings ©
Hastings is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): do a tasting at Craggy Range, then do a tasting at Elephant Hill, then get a taste of local nightlife at Te Mata Figs, and finally take some stellar pictures from Te Mata Peak.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hastings travel route builder app.

Hastings is just a short distance from Napier. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Palmerston North.

Things to do in Hastings

Wineries · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Elephant Hill, Te Mata Figs
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Hill ©
Elephant Hill
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Craggy Range ©
Craggy Range

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night
Palmerston North

Palmerston North ©
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. On the 9th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Te Manawa, then see the interesting displays at New Zealand Rugby Museum, then stop by Inspire Me, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Palmerston North trip planner.

Getting from Hastings to Palmerston North by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Te Manawa ©
Te Manawa
Cathedral of the Holy Spirit ©
Cathedral of the Holy Spirit
New Zealand Rugby Museum ©
New Zealand Rugby Museum

1
night
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 10th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Wellington trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Palmerston North to Wellington takes 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Transportation · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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night
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 11th (Sat), stop by Giles Chocolatier, then explore the galleries of Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, then get curious at Puke Ariki, and finally take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the New Plymouth trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to New Plymouth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre ©
Puke Ariki ©
Puke Ariki
Giles Chocolatier ©
Giles Chocolatier

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