22 days in Wellington & Whakatane Itinerary

22 days in Wellington & Whakatane Itinerary

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22 days in Wellington & Whakatane Itinerary

Start: Monterrey
Fly:  29​h
1
Wellington
— 8 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Whakatane
— 11 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Monterrey

8
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Poppies Martinborough (in Martinborough), C'est Cheese (in Featherston) and Picton (Queen Charlotte Track & Marlborough Sounds). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, get great views at Mount Victoria, and get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington tour itinerary app .

Monterrey, Mexico to Wellington is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 18 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Whakatane.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Picton, Wellington Botanic Garden, Catchpool Loop Walk, Tonga Island Marine Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 5:
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Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

11
nights
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. You've now added White Island Tours to your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whakatane: Opotiki (Christ Church Raukokore, Motu Trails - Day Adventures, & more), Paengaroa (Experience Comvita & Kiwifruit Country) and Gisborne (Rere Falls & Rere Rockslide). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Whakaari White Island Volcano, kick back and relax at Ohope Beach, see the interesting displays at Mataatua: The House That Came Home, and take in the dramatic scenery at Tarawera Falls.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Whakatane visit planner .

Explore your travel options from Wellington to Whakatane with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Whakatane

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Opotiki, Gisborne, Ohope, Paengaroa, Bay of Plenty Region
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 16:
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White Island Tours ©
White Island Tours
Whakaari White Island Volcano ©
Whakaari White Island Volcano
Ohope Beach ©
Ohope Beach

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