22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Whangapoua
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Whitianga
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Katikati
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Whakatane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Wairoa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Napier
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Waipawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Turangi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
12
Raglan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Auckland

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Orewa Beach and Sculptureum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Manukau Heads Lighthouse and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Stockade Hill (in Howick) and Parry Kauri Park (in Warkworth). And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Bethells Beach, and steep yourself in history at Howick Historical Village.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland trip builder tool .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In March, daytime highs in Auckland are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Whangapoua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sculptureum, Orewa Beach, Parry Kauri Park, Stockade Hill
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Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Sculptureum ©
Sculptureum
Bethells Beach ©
Bethells Beach

1
night
Whangapoua

Whangapoua ©
On the 11th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Whangapoua Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity, and then enjoy the sand and surf at New Chums Beach.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Whangapoua online holiday builder .

Getting from Auckland to Whangapoua by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Auckland in March, expect nights in Whangapoua to be little chillier, around 60°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Whitianga.

Things to do in Whangapoua

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity
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Whangapoua Beach ©
Whangapoua Beach
New Chums Beach ©
New Chums Beach
Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity ©

2
nights
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. On the 12th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk, kick back and relax at Hot Water Beach, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Paku. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Purangi Estate Limited, trek along Whitianga Rock Walk, then examine the collection at Mercury Bay Museum Whitianga, and finally take in the natural beauty of The Lost Spring.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Whitianga road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Whangapoua to Whitianga takes an hour. In March, daytime highs in Whitianga are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Katikati.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hahei Beach Walk, Mount Paku, Hot Water Beach
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Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Mount Paku ©
Mount Paku
Mercury Bay Museum Whitianga ©
Mercury Bay Museum Whitianga

1
night
Katikati

Katikati ©
Katikati is a town in New Zealand located on the Uretara Stream near a tidal inlet towards the northern end of Tauranga Harbour, 28 kilometres south of Waihi and 40 kilometres northwest of Tauranga. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): trek along Katikati Bird Walk - Uretara Estuary & Yeoman Walkway, get engrossed in the history at Western Bay Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuapiro Point, and finally kick back and relax at Anzac Bay.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Katikati driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Whitianga to Katikati takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in March, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Whakatane.

Things to do in Katikati

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Anzac Bay
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Anzac Bay ©
Anzac Bay
Western Bay Museum ©
Western Bay Museum

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Whakatane

Whakatane ©
Whakatāne is a town in the eastern Bay of Plenty Region in the North Island of New Zealand, 90 km east of Tauranga and 89 km north-east of Rotorua, at the mouth of the Whakatāne River. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Raukokore, grab your bike and head to Motu Trails, then kick back and relax at Ohope Beach, and finally explore the world behind art at Whakatane Museum and Arts. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve, then grab your bike and head to Motu Trails, and then look for gifts at Red Barn Gifts Co-op - Simply Handmade@the Red Barn.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Whakatane trip builder tool .

You can drive from Katikati to Whakatane in 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Whakatane are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whakatane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Opotiki
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Ohope Beach ©
Ohope Beach
Motu Trails ©
Motu Trails
Christ Church Raukokore ©
Christ Church Raukokore

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Faith's Anglican Church. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Agrodome and then explore and take pictures at Te Puia.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Rotorua using our trip planner.

You can drive from Whakatane to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. March in Rotorua sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wairoa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Wairoa

Wairoa ©
Wairoa is a town in New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Whakamahia Beach and then trek along Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Wairoa online trip maker .

You can drive from Rotorua to Wairoa in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Napier.

Things to do in Wairoa

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk ©
Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk

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nights
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Gannet Colony, do a tasting at Elephant Hill Estate Winery, then do a tasting at Moana Park Winery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Waiapu Anglican Cathedral, Napier, New Zealand. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Sunken Gardens, then kick back and relax at Ocean Beach, and then do a tasting at Sileni Estates.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Napier driving holiday planner .

Getting from Wairoa to Napier by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Waipawa.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Hastings, Gannet Colony, Elephant Hill
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Gannet Colony ©
Gannet Colony
Moana Park Winery ©
Moana Park Winery
Elephant Hill ©
Elephant Hill

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Waipawa

Waipawa ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): get outside with Backpaddock Lakes, then take in the exciting artwork at Artmosphere Gallery, and then examine the collection at Central Hawke's Bay Settlers Museum.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Waipawa road trip site .

Getting from Napier to Waipawa by car takes about an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Turangi.

Things to do in Waipawa

Outdoors Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Backpaddock Lakes
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Backpaddock Lakes ©
Backpaddock Lakes
Central Hawke's Bay Settlers Museum ©
Artmosphere Gallery ©
Artmosphere Gallery

1
night
Turangi

Turangi ©
Turangi is a small town on the west bank of the Tongariro River, 50 kilometres south-west of Taupo on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand. On the 23rd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt, look for all kinds of wild species at Tongariro National Trout Centre, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Turangi day trip app .

Traveling by car from Waipawa to Turangi takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Turangi

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Te Porere Redoubt ©
Te Porere Redoubt
Tongariro National Trout Centre ©
Tongariro National Trout Centre

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 25th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then appreciate the history behind Sir Colin Meads Statue, and finally see the interesting displays at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition.

Start your trip to Waitomo Caves by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Turangi to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Raglan.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Te Kuiti
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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nights
Raglan

Raglan ©
Raglan is a small beachside town located 48 km west of Hamilton, New Zealand on State Highway 23. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Ruapuke Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Raglan & District Museum, and then kick back and relax at Ngarunui Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Woodlands Historic Homestead, Gardens and Function Centre, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Puketirini, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Raglan day trip planner .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Raglan by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Raglan are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Raglan

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lake Puketirini, Woodlands Historic Homestead, Gardens and Function Centre
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Ngarunui Beach ©
Ngarunui Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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