12 days in Auckland & Waiheke Island Itinerary

12 days in Auckland & Waiheke Island Itinerary

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12 days in Auckland & Waiheke Island Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  22​h
1
Auckland
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Waiheke Island
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  25​h
End: Atlanta

6
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Muriwai Gannet Colony and Bethells Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Takapuna Beach and Orewa Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Warkworth (Tawharanui Regional Park, Omaha Beach, & more), Kitekite Falls (in Piha) and Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway (in Orewa). There's still lots to do: hike along Mangawhai Walkway, stroll through Mission Bay Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Rotoroa Island, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings and tourist information, read our Auckland trip planner .

Atlanta, USA to Auckland is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 17 hours. Traveling from Atlanta in December, expect warmer with lows of 64°F in Auckland. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Warkworth, Orewa, Auckland Region, Browns Bay Beach, Kitekite Falls
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Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park

3
nights
Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island ©
Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Obsidian Vineyard and Man O' War Vineyards. Get in touch with nature at Horseback Riding Tours and Oneroa Beach. There's still lots to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Wild on Waiheke, do a tasting at Tantalus Estate Vineyard & Winery, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and explore the galleries of Waiheke Community Art Gallery.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Waiheke Island vacation planning website .

Getting from Auckland to Waiheke Island by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Auckland in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Waiheke Island, with highs around 70°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Wineries Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
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Obsidian Vineyard ©
Obsidian Vineyard
Horseback Riding Tours
Wild on Waiheke ©
Wild on Waiheke

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