11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  19​h
1
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
2
Whitianga
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​min
3
Tauranga
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Dallas

3
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Paihia Harbour and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station. Venture out of the city with trips to Town Basin (in Whangarei) and Russell (Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve & Christ Church). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, hike along Tapeka Point Track, steep yourself in history at KeriKeri New Zealand, and admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia road trip planning site .

Dallas, USA to Paihia is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Paihia is 18 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Whitianga.

Things to do in Paihia

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri, Town Basin
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Christ Church ©
Christ Church
Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve ©
Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve

2
nights
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. On the 14th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Purangi Estate Limited, enjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk, then stroll through Hot Water Beach, and finally stop by Moko Artspace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Paku and then make a trip to The Lost Spring.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Whitianga trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Paihia to Whitianga in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. July in Whitianga sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to fly to Tauranga.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Hot Water Beach, Mount Paku, Hahei Beach Walk
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Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Mount Paku ©
Mount Paku
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach

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nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Buried Village of Te Wairoa and St Michael's Catholic Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Ohope Beach. Explore Tauranga's surroundings by going to ZORB Rotorua (in Ngongotaha), Rotorua (Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, Redwoods Treewalk, & more) and Waimangu Volcanic Valley (in Waimangu). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tauranga vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Tauranga is just a short distance from Whitianga. In July in Tauranga, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Rotorua, Ohope Beach, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Ohope Beach ©
Ohope Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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