12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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1
Raglan
— 1 night
2
Kawhia
— Few hours
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
4
Putaruru
— Few hours
5
Rotorua
— 2 nights
6
Matamata
— Few hours
7
Coromandel
— 1 night
8
Waipu
— 1 night
9
Paihia
— 1 night
10
Kerikeri
— Few hours
11
Dargaville
— 1 night
12
Hahei
— 3 nights

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night
Raglan

Raglan ©
Raglan is a small beachside town located 48 km west of Hamilton, New Zealand on State Highway 23. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

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Gold Coast, Australia to Raglan is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Gold Coast to Raglan. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Gold Coast in January: high temperatures in Raglan hover around °C and lows are around °C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Kawhia.

Things to do in Raglan

Parks Nature
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Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

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Kawhia

Kawhia
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Kawhia Hot Water Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kawhia trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Raglan to Kawhia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Kawhia

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Marakopa Falls as well as Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk. On the 19th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, thensnap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kawhia to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Putaruru.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Marakopa Falls ©
Marakopa Falls
Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk ©
Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk

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Putaruru

Putaruru
Putāruru is a small town in the Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island. For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Putaruru tour planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Putaruru in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. You'll set off for Rotorua on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Putaruru

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Waimangu Volcanic Valley as well as Hell's Gate. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hell's Gate, thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and finally identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Rotorua vacation planning app.

You can drive from Putaruru to Rotorua in an hour. In January in Rotorua, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Matamata.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Hell's Gate
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

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Matamata

Matamata
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Matamata trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Rotorua to Matamata in an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 21st (Tue), you'll travel to Coromandel.

Things to do in Matamata

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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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. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): don't miss a visit to The 309 Road and then get your game on at The Waterworks.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Coromandel online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Matamata to Coromandel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Waipu.

Things to do in Coromandel

Fun & Games Shopping Parks

Side Trip

RAPAURA Watergardens
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The Waterworks ©
The Waterworks
RAPAURA Watergardens ©
RAPAURA Watergardens
The Coromandel Smoking Co. ©
The Coromandel Smoking Co.

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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. To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Waipu trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Coromandel to Waipu by car takes about 4.5 hours. On the 23rd (Thu), you're off to Paihia.

Things to do in Waipu

Outdoors Parks Tours
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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get in on the family fun at Action World, thenidentify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, thenstop by Paihia Bookshop, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, thenhike along Nancy Fladgate Track, thenadmire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia vacation site.

You can drive from Waipu to Paihia in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Haruru Falls, Nancy Fladgate Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

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Kerikeri

Kerikeri
Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. Before you visit Kerikeri, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Kerikeri is just a short distance from Paihia. On the 24th (Fri), you'll travel to Dargaville.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dargaville

Dargaville ©
Dargaville is a town in the North Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the activities along Kai Iwi Sand Lake, take in the exciting artwork at Nelson's Kaihu Kauri, and then kick back and relax at Baylys Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Dargaville road trip planning site.

Drive from Kerikeri to Dargaville in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Hahei.

Things to do in Dargaville

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Baylys Beach ©
Baylys Beach
Nelson's Kaihu Kauri ©
Nelson's Kaihu Kauri

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Hahei

Hahei ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cathedral Cove Walk. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk, thenhike along Cathedral Cove Walk, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Stingray Bay, and finally kick back and relax at Hot Water Beach. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Paku, thenstroll through Whangamata Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Opoutere Surf Beach.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hahei trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dargaville to Hahei takes 5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Hahei are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hahei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Opoutere Surf Beach, Whangamata Beach, Mount Paku, Pauanui Beach, Hot Water Beach
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Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk
Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach

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