12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Blenheim
— 1 night
2
Picton
— Few hours
3
Wellington
— 1 night
4
Hastings
— 1 night
5
Napier
— Few hours
6
Gisborne
— 1 night
7
Whakatane
— 1 night
8
Tauranga
— 1 night
9
Rotorua
— 1 night
10
Taupo
— 2 nights
11
Thames
— Few hours
12
Coromandel
— 2 nights

1
night
Blenheim

Blenheim ©
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
On the 21st (Thu), see the interesting displays at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and then do a tasting at Wither Hills Cellar Door.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Blenheim day trip planning app.

Christchurch to Blenheim is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Christchurch in May, Blenheim is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °C. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll travel to Picton.

Things to do in Blenheim

Museums Wineries
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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Wither Hills Cellar Door ©
Wither Hills Cellar Door

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hours
Picton

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Picton online journey planner.

Picton is very close to Blenheim. In May, daily temperatures in Picton can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Picton

Outdoors Tours
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Boat Tours & Water Sports

1
night
Wellington

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.
To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Wellington trip planner.

Getting from Picton to Wellington by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hastings.

Things to do in Wellington

Historic Sites Transportation
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
New Zealand Parliament ©
New Zealand Parliament

1
night
Hastings

Hastings ©
Hastings is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hastings road trip planner.

Drive from Wellington to Hastings in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Napier.

Things to do in Hastings

Parks Nature
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Highlights from your plan
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak

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Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 24th (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Aquarium of New Zealand and then make a trip to Marine Parade.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Napier travel planning tool.

Napier is just a stone's throw from Hastings. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gisborne.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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National Aquarium of New Zealand ©
National Aquarium of New Zealand
Marine Parade ©
Marine Parade

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night
Gisborne

Gisborne ©
A holiday in Gisborne incorporates both leisure and culture.
You've now added Rere Rockslide to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Rere Rockslide and then take a peaceful walk through Eastwoodhill Arboretum.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Gisborne road trip site.

Drive from Napier to Gisborne in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Whakatane.

Things to do in Gisborne

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rere Rockslide, Eastwoodhill Arboretum
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Highlights from your plan
Eastwoodhill Arboretum ©
Eastwoodhill Arboretum
Rere Rockslide ©
Rere Rockslide

1
night
Whakatane

Whakatane ©
Whakatāne is a town in the eastern Bay of Plenty Region in the North Island of New Zealand, 90 km east of Tauranga and 89 km north-east of Rotorua, at the mouth of the Whakatāne River. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Ohope Beach, trek along Whakatane River Walk, and then take in the natural beauty of Awakeri Hot Springs.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Whakatane online route planner.

You can drive from Gisborne to Whakatane in 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Whakatane

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Highlights from your plan
Whakatane River Walk ©
Whakatane River Walk
Ohope Beach ©
Ohope Beach
Awakeri Hot Springs ©
Awakeri Hot Springs

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night
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.
You've now added Skydive Tauranga to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Tauranga, thentrek along Mount Maunganui Base Track, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Mt Maunganui Main Beach, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at McLaren Falls Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tauranga itinerary builder.

Getting from Whakatane to Tauranga by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tauranga

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay May 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
McLaren Falls Park
McLaren Falls Park
Skydive Tauranga ©
Skydive Tauranga

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night
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.
You've now added Skyline Rotorua to your itinerary.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Rotorua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Highlights from your plan
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest ©
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest
Skyline Rotorua ©
Skyline Rotorua

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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 Craters of the Moon as well as Lake Taupo.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Taupo visit site.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 30th (Sat), you're off to Thames.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Taupo
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Craters of the Moon ©
Craters of the Moon
Lake Taupo ©
Lake Taupo

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hours
Thames

Thames
Thames is a town at the southwestern end of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand's North Island. Before you visit Thames, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Taupo to Thames by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. On the 30th (Sat), you'll travel to Coromandel.

Things to do in Thames

Parks Outdoors Trails
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nights
Coromandel

Coromandel ©
Coromandel is a town on the Coromandel Harbour, on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula, which is on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mercury Bay as well as Rotoroa Island. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the activities along Mercury Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Whitianga Rock Walk and then head off the coast to Rotoroa Island.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Coromandel trip planner.

Getting from Thames to Coromandel by car takes about an hour. In May in Coromandel, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Coromandel

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hahei, Whitianga Rock Walk, Hot Water Beach, Rotoroa Island
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk

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