13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Wellington
— 3 nights
End: Wellington

4
nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Piha Beach and Cheltenham Beach. Get some cultural insight at Sculptureum and Wine Tours & Tastings. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: Waiheke Community Art Gallery (in Waiheke Island), The Kauri Museum (in Matakohe) and Orewa Beach (in Orewa). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, do a tasting at Foxes Island, browse the different shops at The Strand Arcade, and view the masterpieces at Kiwa Art.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland online trip builder.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. December in Auckland sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Piha Beach, The Kauri Museum, Sculptureum, Kiwa Art
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Sculptureum ©
Sculptureum

3
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Papamoa Beach. For shopping fun, head to New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute or the Zeus Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa, catch some excitement at 3D Trick Art Gallery, and look for gifts at Helium Gallery.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip maker website.

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Auckland in December, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Rotorua: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Papamoa Beach
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach

2
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Head to Tukairangi Gallery and L'Artefor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Taupo Museum. Go for a jaunt from Taupo to Tongariro National Park to see Te Porere Redoubt about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Kinloch Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Te Porere Redoubt ©
Te Porere Redoubt

3
nights
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.
Let the collections at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Wellington Museum capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at The Great War Exhibition and Old St Paul's. Step out of Wellington to go to Martinborough and see Poppies Martinborough, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Oriental Bay, take a stroll through Cuba Street, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Wellington road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Poppies Martinborough, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum

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