9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Whitianga
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Paeroa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Hamilton
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Auckland
— 1 night
End: Auckland

few
hours
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 28th (Thu), take a stroll through Ponsonby and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Auckland trip maker .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Climbing Tours
Ponsonby ©
Ponsonby

2
nights
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Pauanui Trail has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Pauanui Trail and then stroll through Otama Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Whitianga driving holiday planner.

Drive from Auckland to Whitianga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Auckland in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Whitianga, with highs around 26°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Paeroa.

Things to do in Whitianga

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Otama Beach, Pauanui Trail
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Otama Beach ©
Otama Beach

1
night
Paeroa

Paeroa ©
Paeroa is a small town in New Zealand, in the northern Waikato region of the Thames Valley. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Athenree Hot Springs as well as Wairere Falls Track. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): hike along Wairere Falls Track and then take in the natural beauty of Athenree Hot Springs.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Paeroa trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Whitianga to Paeroa takes 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Paeroa can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paeroa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Athenree Hot Springs, Wairere Falls Track
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Wairere Falls Track ©
Wairere Falls Track

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nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park. On the 31st (Sun), take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve. On the next day, explore the landscape on two wheels at Great Lake Trail and then grab your bike and head to The Timber Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Taupo online trip maker .

You can drive from Paeroa to Taupo in 2.5 hours. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, The Timber Trail NZ
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The Timber Trail NZ ©
The Timber Trail NZ
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©

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nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Te Koutu and then head off the coast to Kapiti Island.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hamilton trip planner .

Getting from Taupo to Hamilton by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 4th (Thu), you'll travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Raglan, Lake Te Koutu, Te Awa The Great New Zealand River Ride, Kapiti Island
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Kapiti Island ©
Kapiti Island
Lake Te Koutu ©
Lake Te Koutu
Raglan Wharf ©
Raglan Wharf

1
night
Auckland

Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Auckland Botanic Gardens and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland online route planner .

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Auckland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Auckland Botanic Gardens
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Auckland Botanic Gardens ©
Auckland Botanic Gardens

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