40 days in New Zealand Itinerary

40 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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40 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Wellington
1
Wellington
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Whanganui
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
New Plymouth
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Taupo
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
5
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Raglan
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
7
Omapere
— 24 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Auckland
— 4 nights
End: Auckland

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stroll through Scorching Bay, take a peaceful walk through Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Wellington travel route planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Wellington International Airport. In January in Wellington, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Whanganui.

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Off-Road Tours
Scorching Bay ©
Scorching Bay

3
nights
Whanganui

Whanganui ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Whanganui National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Virginia Lake, admire the natural beauty at Wanganui Winter Garden, then kick back and relax at Kai Iwi Beach, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Riverlands.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Whanganui route website .

Traveling by car from Wellington to Whanganui takes 3 hours. Traveling from Wellington in January, Whanganui is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Whanganui

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Whanganui National Park ©
Whanganui National Park
Virginia Lake ©
Virginia Lake
Wanganui Winter Garden ©
Wanganui Winter Garden

2
nights
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pukekura Park and Rotokare Scenic Reserve. Step out of the city life by going to Paritutu Rock and Oakura Beach. Step out of New Plymouth to go to Opunake and see Opunake Beach, which is approximately 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Te Henui Walkway, hike along Ratapihipihi Scenic Reserve Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Back Beach, and head outdoors with Chaddy's Charters.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our New Plymouth trip planner .

Getting from Whanganui to New Plymouth by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Opunake Beach, Oakura Beach, Rotokare Scenic Reserve
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Te Henui Walkway ©
Te Henui Walkway
Rotokare Scenic Reserve ©
Rotokare Scenic Reserve
Paritutu Rock ©
Paritutu Rock

1
night
Taupo

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 12th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Huka Falls Walkway, then stroll through Great Lake Trail, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Taupo travel route builder app .

Drive from New Plymouth to Taupo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Fishing Charters & Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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 13th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary builder tool .

You can take a bus from Taupo to Rotorua in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Raglan.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, River Rafting & Tubing
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
River Rafting & Tubing
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

3
nights
Raglan

Raglan ©
Raglan is a small beachside town located 48 km west of Hamilton, New Zealand on State Highway 23. On the 14th (Tue), stroll through Te Toto Gorge Lookout. Keep things going the next day: trek along Ruakuri Walk, then explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Raglan driving holiday app .

Drive from Rotorua to Raglan in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Omapere.

Things to do in Raglan

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Waitomo Caves, Kawhia Hot Water Beach
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Marakopa Falls ©
Marakopa Falls
River Rafting & Tubing

24
nights
Omapere

Omapere ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tane Mahuta Walk and Waiotemarama Loop Track. Visiting Waipoua Forest and Trounson Kauri Park will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Omapere: Horeke (Wairere Boulders & Mangungu Mission), Dargaville (Baylys Beach, Tokatoka Peak, & more) and Kaitaia (Lake Ngatu Track & Herekino Forest Track).

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Omapere trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Raglan to Omapere takes 5.5 hours. On the 10th (Mon), you'll travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Omapere

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dargaville, Opononi, Waipoua Forest, Rawene, Kaitaia
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Tane Mahuta Walk ©
Tane Mahuta Walk
Waipoua Forest ©
Waipoua Forest
Trounson Kauri Park ©
Trounson Kauri Park

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Muriwai Gannet Colony and Orewa Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Goat Island Marine Reserve and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth), Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway (in Orewa) and Kitekite Falls (in Piha). There's much more to do: hike along Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and learn about winemaking at Coopers Creek Vineyard.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Auckland visit site .

Getting from Omapere to Auckland by car takes about 4 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Warkworth, Orewa, Muriwai Gannet Colony, Matakana Beach Outfitters, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail
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Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park
Goat Island Marine Reserve ©
Goat Island Marine Reserve

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