29 days in Auckland Region Itinerary

29 days in Auckland Region Itinerary

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29 days in Auckland Region Itinerary

Start: Esperance
Fly + Drive:  19​h
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h
Waiheke Island
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Snells Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Esperance


Clevedon ©
Clevedon, earlier known as Wairoa South, is a rural town in Auckland, New Zealand, located in the Franklin ward, one of the thirteen administrative divisions of Auckland city. Museum-lovers will appreciate Thames Historical Museum and Thames Society of Arts. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rotoroa Island and Wentworth Valley. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Clevedon: Pauanui (Pauanui Trail & Pauanui Beach), Whangamata (Whangamata Beach & The Little Gallery Whangamata) and Blueberry Country (in Ngatea). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Coromandel Forest Park, trek along Square Kauri Tree, take an in-depth tour of The Treasury, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Opoutere Surf Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Clevedon trip planning website .

Esperance, Australia to Clevedon is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 4 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Esperance in December: highs in Clevedon hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Clevedon

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Thames, Whangamata, Auckland Region, Coromandel, Pauanui
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Rotoroa Island ©
Rotoroa Island
Opoutere Surf Beach ©
Opoutere Surf Beach
Coromandel Forest Park ©
Coromandel Forest Park

Waiheke Island

Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Peacock Sky Vineyard and Stony Batter. Get outdoors at Oneroa Beach and Horseback Riding Tours. Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Kennedy Point Vineyard, stop by Rangihoua Estate, examine the collection at Whittaker's Musical Museum, and explore the galleries of Waiheke Community Art Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Waiheke Island travel planner.

Getting from Clevedon to Waiheke Island by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Snells Beach.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Wineries Outdoors Parks
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Horseback Riding Tours
Obsidian Vineyard ©
Obsidian Vineyard
Whittaker's Musical Museum ©
Whittaker's Musical Museum

Snells Beach

Snells Beach ©
Snells Beach is a small coastal town in the north of Auckland Region in the North Island of New Zealand. Step off the beaten path and head to Omaha Beach and Parry Kauri Park. Kids will enjoy Snells Beach and Orewa Beach. Go for a jaunt from Snells Beach to Warkworth to see Goat Island Marine Reserve about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Matakana Beach Outfitters, make a trip to Matakana Village, trek along Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, and relax in the rural setting at Sheepworld.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Snells Beach trip planning app .

Getting from Waiheke Island to Snells Beach by car takes about 3 hours. When traveling from Waiheke Island in December, plan for slightly colder days in Snells Beach, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manukau.

Things to do in Snells Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Warkworth, Matakana, Orewa Beach
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Goat Island Marine Reserve ©
Goat Island Marine Reserve
Snells Beach ©
Snells Beach
Of Hand & Heart ©
Of Hand & Heart


Manukau ©
Manukau City is a former territorial authority district in Auckland, New Zealand, that was governed by the Manukau City Council. Rainbow's End Theme Park has been added to your itinerary. Let the collections at Gold Discovery Centre and Te Aroha & District Museum capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Nikau Cave and Kariotahi Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manukau: Waihi (Waihi Martha Mine Pit Rim Walkway & Spike's Bricks & Models), Paeroa (Hauraki Rail Trail & Lemon & Paeroa Bottle) and Swim Zone Te Aroha (in Te Aroha). There's lots more to do: stroll through Whiritoa Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Auckland Botanic Gardens, browse the different shops at Westfield Manukau, and steep yourself in history at Stockade Hill.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Manukau trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Snells Beach to Manukau takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Snells Beach in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Manukau: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 17°C at night. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manukau

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Waihi, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Kariotahi Beach, Whiritoa Beach
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Rainbow's End Theme Park ©
Rainbow's End Theme Park
Nikau Cave ©
Nikau Cave
Gold Discovery Centre ©
Gold Discovery Centre