17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Whitianga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Napier
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Whanganui
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
9
Hamilton
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Melbourne

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.
To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland online trip itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In February, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Whitianga.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Rangitoto Island ©
Rangitoto Island
Viaduct Harbour ©
Viaduct Harbour

1
night
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. On the 24th (Mon), tour in style with Driving Creek Railway and Potteries.

To see more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, go to the Whitianga day trip planning website .

Getting from Auckland to Whitianga by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Auckland in February since evenings lows in Whitianga dip to 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Tue) before leaving for Rotorua.

Things to do in Whitianga

Tours

Side Trip

Driving Creek Railway and Potteries
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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rotorua tour builder tool .

Getting from Whitianga to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Napier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Maori Rock Carvings
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 27:
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Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Maori Rock Carvings ©
Maori Rock Carvings

1
night
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): categoryPhrases.phrase.get_up_close_and_personal_with_brilliant_marine_life_at National Aquarium of New Zealand, do a tasting at Askerne Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Trinity Hill Winery, then learn about winemaking at Mission Estate Winery, and finally get great views at Bluff Hill Lookout.

To see more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Napier visit planning website .

Getting from Rotorua to Napier by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Fri) before leaving for Wellington.

Things to do in Napier

Wineries Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Trinity Hill Winery, Askerne Vineyards
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Mission Estate Winery ©
Mission Estate Winery
National Aquarium of New Zealand ©
National Aquarium of New Zealand
Bluff Hill Lookout ©
Bluff Hill Lookout

2
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.
Wellington Cable Car has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament and then get great views at Mount Victoria. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Napier to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Whanganui.

Things to do in Wellington

Historic Sites Transportation
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
New Zealand Parliament ©
New Zealand Parliament
Mount Victoria ©
Mount Victoria

1
night
Whanganui

Whanganui ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Durie Hill Elevator & Elevator Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Bason Botanic Gardens, then admire the natural beauty at Wanganui Winter Garden, and finally explore the activities along Virginia Lake.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Whanganui trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wellington to Whanganui takes 3 hours. Traveling from Wellington in March, Whanganui is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Whanganui

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 2:
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Virginia Lake ©
Virginia Lake
Bason Botanic Gardens ©
Bason Botanic Gardens
Durie Hill Elevator & Elevator Tower ©

1
night
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Mangamahoe as well as Te Rewa Rewa Bridge. On the 1st (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pukekura Park, go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, then snap pictures at Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, and finally explore the activities along Lake Mangamahoe.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the New Plymouth tour itinerary builder app .

Drive from Whanganui to New Plymouth in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 3:
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Te Rewa Rewa Bridge ©
Te Rewa Rewa Bridge

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set.

To find photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from New Plymouth to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for the bus ride to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 5:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

2
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hamilton trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a bus from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 5th (Thu), you'll travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Auckland

Auckland ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo and then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Auckland trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Auckland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 9th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

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