12 days in Hamilton & Auckland Itinerary

12 days in Hamilton & Auckland Itinerary

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12 days in Hamilton & Auckland Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Auckland
— 9 nights
End: Auckland

1
night
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Cathedral, then head off the coast to Kapiti Island, and finally go for a walk through Cape Reinga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, admire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton trip builder.

Auckland to Hamilton is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Hamilton, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, Kapiti Island, Cape Reinga Lighthouse
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 22:
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Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum
Kapiti Island ©
Kapiti Island

9
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Piha Beach and Bethells Beach. Popular historic sites such as Manukau Heads Lighthouse and Parnell are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach), Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth) and Orewa Beach (in Orewa). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Coast-to-Coast Walkway, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Auckland sightseeing planner.

Getting from Hamilton to Auckland by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Hamilton in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Auckland, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Piha Beach, Tawharanui Regional Park, Muriwai Gannet Colony, Orewa Beach
Find places to stay Apr 22 — May 2:
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Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

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