16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Russell
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Coromandel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Taupo
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
5
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Pune

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Thu), learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, then explore the activities along Devonport, and then kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip planner .

Pune, India to Auckland is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 6 hours. In February in Auckland, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Russell.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

2
nights
Russell

Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, then contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then contemplate the long history of Pompallier Mission and Printery.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Russell online attractions planner .

You can drive from Auckland to Russell in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Coromandel.

Things to do in Russell

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Paihia
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

3
nights
Coromandel

Coromandel ©
Coromandel is a town on the Coromandel Harbour, on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula, which is on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Step out of Coromandel with an excursion to RAPAURA Watergardens in Thames--about 48 minutes away. Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at Coromandel Forest Park. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Mercury Bay, don't miss a visit to The 309 Road, stop by The Coromandel Smoking Co., and get your game on at The Waterworks.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Coromandel tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Russell to Coromandel in 6 hours. February in Coromandel sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Coromandel

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

RAPAURA Watergardens
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Mercury Bay ©
Mercury Bay
RAPAURA Watergardens ©
RAPAURA Watergardens
Coromandel Forest Park ©
Coromandel Forest Park

2
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, then explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, then get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Taupo trip maker .

Getting from Coromandel to Taupo by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Tours Outdoors
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Maori Rock Carvings ©
Maori Rock Carvings

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.
On the 22nd (Sat), take a memorable tour with Tours, then explore and take pictures at Te Puia, and then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, then make a trip to Amokura Glass, and finally learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary app .

You can take a bus from Taupo to Rotorua in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In February in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Tours
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Horseback Riding Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk.

To plan Waitomo Caves vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary and then admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Wellington trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Wellington takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. February in Wellington sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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