11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Piha
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Whangarei
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
4
Tauranga
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Matamata
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Auckland

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Orewa Beach and Cheltenham Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Auckland War Memorial Museum and Sculptureum. Step out of Auckland to go to Matakana and see Matakana War Memorial, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, get impressive views of Mount Eden, contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, and head off the coast to Rangitoto Island.

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If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Auckland are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Piha.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Matakana, Cheltenham Beach, Orewa Beach
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Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Sculptureum ©
Sculptureum
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

1
night
Piha

Piha
For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Piha vacation builder website .

Getting from Auckland to Piha by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. You will leave for Whangarei on the 8th (Sun).

Things to do in Piha

Outdoors Parks Tours
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1
night
Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): look for gifts at The Bach, then take a stroll through Town Basin, and then admire the sheer force of Whangarei Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Manaia Track, stroll through Ocean Beach, and then trek along Bream Head Coast Walks.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Whangarei trip planner.

Traveling by car from Piha to Whangarei takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tauranga.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Ocean Beach
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
Town Basin ©
Town Basin

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Mt Maunganui Main Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Pohutukawa Gallery, then steep yourself in history at The Elms, and finally kick back and relax at Pilot Bay.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tauranga attractions website .

Traveling by flight from Whangarei to Tauranga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tauranga are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
The Elms ©
The Elms
Pohutukawa Gallery ©
Pohutukawa Gallery

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.
On the 11th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, take a stroll through Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and finally learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rotorua trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Rotorua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Matamata.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach

2
nights
Matamata

Matamata ©
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. On the 13th (Fri), make a trip to Dog and Sheep Shaped Corrugated Metal Buildings and then look for gifts at Tirau Shell & Jade Factory. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Te Awamutu Space Centre, then see the interesting displays at Firth Tower Estate and Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Wairere Falls.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Matamata trip builder app .

You can drive from Rotorua to Matamata in an hour. In December, daytime highs in Matamata are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Matamata

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tirau, Wairere Falls, The Garden Art Studio, Te Awamutu Space Centre
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:
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Te Awamutu Space Centre ©
Te Awamutu Space Centre
Wairere Falls ©
Wairere Falls
Firth Tower Estate and Museum ©
Firth Tower Estate and Museum

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