13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Stratford
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Auckland
— 1 night
End: Auckland

3
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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, have some family-friendly fun at Sky Screamer Reverse Bungy, and explore the activities along Devonport.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland route planning app .

If you are flying in from Finland, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 25:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

2
nights
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 25th (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rotorua, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Stratford.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:
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Horseback Riding Tours
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
nights
Stratford

Stratford ©
Stratford is the only town in Stratford District, and the seat of the Taranaki Region, in New Zealand's North Island. On the 27th (Thu), take a memorable drive along Forgotten World Highway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Taranaki, then examine the collection at Tawhiti Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Hollard Gardens.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Stratford attractions website .

Getting from Rotorua to Stratford by car takes about 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Stratford

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Egmont National Park, Tawhiti Museum
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Taranaki ©
Mount Taranaki
Tawhiti Museum ©
Tawhiti Museum
Hollard Gardens ©
Hollard Gardens

1
night
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): stroll around Hamilton Lake Domain.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton trip planner .

Traveling by car from Stratford to Hamilton takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Museums
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 30:
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Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Hamilton Lake Domain ©
Hamilton Lake Domain
Classics Museum ©
Classics Museum

3
nights
Paihia

The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, and finally contemplate the long history of KeriKeri New Zealand. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours, then look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Hamilton to Paihia takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kerikeri
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 2:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

1
night
Auckland

Auckland ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): look for gifts at Pauanesia.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Auckland online day trip planner .

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Nature Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre
Pauanesia ©
Pauanesia

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