33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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33 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Drive:  1​h
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Piha
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
2
Dargaville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Paihia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Waipu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hamilton
— 1 day
Drive:  45​min
7
Raglan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Egmont National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
10
Stratford
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Whanganui
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Ohakune
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
13
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
14
Taupo
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
15
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
16
Opotiki
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
17
Katikati
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
18
Tauranga
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
19
Hot Water Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
20
Thames
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
21
Karekare
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
22
Manukau
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
End: Auckland

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Piha

Piha ©
You've now added Piha Beach to your itinerary.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Piha driving holiday tool .

Auckland to Piha is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In September, daily temperatures in Piha can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Dargaville.

Things to do in Piha

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach

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Dargaville

Dargaville
Dargaville is a town in the North Island of New Zealand. Plan a trip to Dargaville easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Piha to Dargaville in 3.5 hours. On the 17th (Tue), you're off toPaihia.

Things to do in Dargaville

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Paihia

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
On the 17th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Anglican Church, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Paihia trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Dargaville to Paihia in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Waipu.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

St James Anglican Church
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
St Paul's Anglican Church ©
St Paul's Anglican Church
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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Waipu

Waipu
Waipu is a small town in Bream Bay, in the Northland Region of New Zealand, with a Scottish heritage. For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Waipu trip maker app .

Drive from Paihia to Waipu in 1.5 hours. On the 19th (Thu), you're off toAuckland.

Things to do in Waipu

Outdoors Parks Trails
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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 21st (Sat), look for gifts at Pauanesia, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, and then get impressive views of Mount Eden. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland road trip planning app .

Drive from Waipu to Auckland in 2 hours. In September in Auckland, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

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Hamilton

Hamilton
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Plan trip to Hamilton with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Auckland to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 21st (Sat), you're off toRaglan.

Things to do in Hamilton

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Raglan

Raglan ©
Raglan is a small beachside town located 48 km west of Hamilton, New Zealand on State Highway 23. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): view the masterpieces at Jet Collective, stop by Tony Sly Pottery, take in the waterfront at Raglan Wharf, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruapuke Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Ngarunui Beach. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Te Toto Gorge Lookout, then get interesting insight from Tours, then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Raglan trip planner .

Getting from Hamilton to Raglan by car takes about an hour. In September, daytime highs in Raglan are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Raglan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ngarunui Beach ©
Ngarunui Beach
Raglan Rock ©
Raglan Rock
Spas & Wellness

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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.
To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves journey maker app .

You can drive from Raglan to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Egmont National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Nature Parks
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

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Egmont National Park

Egmont National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Dawson Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilkies Pools Loop Track, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Egmont Lighthouse, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Taranaki.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Egmont National Park online trip planner .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Egmont National Park by car takes about 3 hours. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Stratford.

Things to do in Egmont National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

EnviroFur, Wilkies Pools Loop Track, Cape Egmont Lighthouse
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Mount Taranaki ©
Mount Taranaki
Dawson Falls ©
Dawson Falls
Cape Egmont Lighthouse ©
Cape Egmont Lighthouse

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Stratford

Stratford ©
Stratford is the only town in Stratford District, and the seat of the Taranaki Region, in New Zealand's North Island. On the 25th (Wed), cruise along Forgotten World Highway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Waihi Beach, kick back and relax at Ohawe Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Fenton Street Art Collective, and finally pause for some photo ops at Colonel Malone's Statue.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Stratford trip planner .

Stratford is just a stone's throw from Egmont National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Whanganui.

Things to do in Stratford

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Hawera
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Forgotten World Highway ©
Forgotten World Highway
Fenton Street Art Collective ©
Fenton Street Art Collective

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Whanganui

Whanganui ©
On the 27th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Bason Botanic Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Virginia Lake, then have fun at Kowhai Park, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Durie Hill Memorial Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Whanganui Regional Museum, don't miss a visit to Durie Hill Elevator, and then explore the world behind art at Quartz Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Whanganui trip planning tool .

Drive from Stratford to Whanganui in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ohakune.

Things to do in Whanganui

Parks Museums Nature
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Kowhai Park ©
Kowhai Park
Virginia Lake ©
Virginia Lake
Bason Botanic Gardens ©
Bason Botanic Gardens

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Ohakune

Ohakune ©
To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ohakune trip planner .

You can drive from Whanganui to Ohakune in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Ohakune

Outdoors Fun & Games Parks
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Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead ©
Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead
SLR - Vertigo Adventure Centre ©
SLR - Vertigo Adventure Centre
Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial ©
Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls and then get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park sightseeing planning app .

Getting from Ohakune to Tongariro National Park by car takes about an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the next day, push the limits with an extreme tour, then get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, then stop by Huka Honey Hive, and finally admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo day trip website .

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Huka Honey Hive ©
Huka Honey Hive

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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 4th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Agrodome, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, have some family-friendly fun at Zorb Rotorua, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua day trip tool .

You can take a bus from Taupo to Rotorua in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Opotiki.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Agrodome ©
Agrodome

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Opotiki

Opotiki ©
Opotiki is a small town in the eastern Bay of Plenty in the North Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get great views at Kohi Point Lookout.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Opotiki online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Rotorua to Opotiki by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Katikati.

Things to do in Opotiki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Whakatane
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Ohope Beach ©
Ohope Beach
Julians Berry Farm & Cafe ©
Julians Berry Farm & Cafe
Awakeri Hot Springs ©
Awakeri Hot Springs

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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. On the 8th (Tue), take in the natural beauty of Athenree Hot Springs, then hike along Waihi Martha Mine Pit Rim Walkway, and then hike along Haiku Pathway.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Katikati trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Opotiki to Katikati in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Katikati can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Katikati

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Waihi Martha Mine Pit Rim Walkway
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Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
On the 9th (Wed), cool off at Waimarino Adventure Park. On the next day, kick back and relax at Mt Maunganui Main Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Maunganui Summit Track, and then kick back and relax at Pilot Bay.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tauranga itinerary site .

Drive from Katikati to Tauranga in an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Tauranga can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hot Water Beach.

Things to do in Tauranga

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:
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Waimarino Adventure Park ©
Waimarino Adventure Park
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Spas

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Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach ©
Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Moko Artspace and then kick back and relax at Hot Water Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hot Water Beach day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Tauranga to Hot Water Beach in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Hot Water Beach are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You'll set off for Thames on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Nature Beaches Outdoors
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Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Moko Artspace ©
Moko Artspace

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Thames

Thames ©
Thames is a town at the southwestern end of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand's North Island. On the 14th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at RAPAURA Watergardens, contemplate the long history of Burke Street Wharf, and then stroll through Pauanui Beach. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Miranda Hot Springs, then grab your bike and head to Hauraki Rail Trail, and then pause for some photo ops at Lemon & Paeroa Bottle.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Thames online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Hot Water Beach to Thames takes 1.5 hours. In October in Thames, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Karekare.

Things to do in Thames

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Paeroa, Pauanui Beach
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RAPAURA Watergardens ©
RAPAURA Watergardens
Hauraki Rail Trail ©
Hauraki Rail Trail
Miranda Hot Springs ©
Miranda Hot Springs

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Karekare

Karekare ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Karekare Falls. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Karekare Falls and then enjoy the sand and surf at Karekare Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Karekare trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Thames to Karekare in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Thames in October, you will find days in Karekare are a bit cooler (17°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). On the 19th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Karekare

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Karekare Beach
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Karekare Falls ©
Karekare Falls

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Manukau

Manukau ©
Manukau City is a former territorial authority district in Auckland, New Zealand, that was governed by the Manukau City Council. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Stockade Hill. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Rainbow's End Theme Park.

Plan a Manukau trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Karekare to Manukau in an hour. October in Manukau sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Manukau

Theme Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Stockade Hill, Spookers Haunted Attractions, Villa Maria Auckland Winery
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Rainbow's End Theme Park ©
Rainbow's End Theme Park
Spookers Haunted Attractions ©
Spookers Haunted Attractions
Stockade Hill ©
Stockade Hill

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