12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Raglan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Kawhia
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
4
Putaruru
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
5
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Matamata
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Coromandel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
8
Waipu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Paihia
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
10
Kerikeri
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Dargaville
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
12
Hahei
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
End: Gold Coast

1
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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.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Raglan itinerary builder site .

Gold Coast, Australia to Raglan is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In January, Raglan is slightly colder than Gold Coast - with highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sat) before leaving for Kawhia.

Things to do in Raglan

Nature Parks
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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.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, 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 Beaches Parks
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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), admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, then take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves vacation planning website .

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

Nature Parks
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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 photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Putaruru tour site .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Putaruru takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Putaruru are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 19th (Sun), you're off toRotorua.

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 Hells Gate. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, take in the natural beauty of Hells Gate, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and finally identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rotorua trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Putaruru to Rotorua in an hour. January in Rotorua sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°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

Hells 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. To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Matamata trip planner .

Matamata is just a short distance from Putaruru. In January, daily temperatures in Matamata can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 24th (Fri), you'll travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Matamata

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.

To find where to stay, photos, 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 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Waipu.

Things to do in Coromandel

Fun & Games Parks Shopping

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 where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Waipu trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Coromandel to Waipu by car takes about 4 hours. On the 23rd (Thu), you're off to Paihia.

Things to do in Waipu

Outdoors Parks Trails
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get in on the family fun at Action World, then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, then look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then hike along Nancy Fladgate Track, then admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Paihia trip planning tool .

Drive from Waipu to Paihia in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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. Plan a trip to Kerikeri easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Kerikeri is just a short distance from Paihia. You'll set off for Dargaville on the 18th (Sat).

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. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Kai Iwi Sand Lake, then cruise along Nelson's Kaihu Kauri, and then stroll through Baylys Beach.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Dargaville vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Kerikeri to Dargaville takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dargaville

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Hahei

Hahei ©
Cathedral Cove Walk has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): kick back and relax at Hahei Beach Walk, then trek along Cathedral Cove Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Stingray Bay, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Water Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Paku, then kick back and relax at Whangamata Beach, and then stroll through Opoutere Surf Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hahei road trip planning website .

You can drive from Dargaville to Hahei in 4.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Hahei can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°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, Pauanui Beach, Mount Paku, Hot Water Beach
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Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk
Opoutere Surf Beach ©
Opoutere Surf Beach

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