13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Whitianga
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Pauanui
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Rotorua

5
nights
Auckland

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tawharanui Regional Park and Muriwai Gannet Colony. Change things up with these side-trips from Auckland: Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway (in Orewa), Matakana Beach Outfitters (in Matakana) and Horse Riding Warkworth (in Warkworth). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, stroll around Mount Victoria Reserve, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland online itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. November in Auckland sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Warkworth, Mount Victoria Reserve, Matakana Beach Outfitters, Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway, Mangawhai Walkway
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Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
SkyTower ©
SkyTower

2
nights
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): stop by Bread & Butter Gallery, then make a trip to The Lost Spring, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Twin Oaks Riding Ranch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitianga travel route planning website .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Whitianga takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Auckland in November since evenings lows in Whitianga dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pauanui.

Things to do in Whitianga

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Hot Water Beach
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Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
The Lost Spring ©
The Lost Spring
Twin Oaks Riding Ranch ©
Twin Oaks Riding Ranch

2
nights
Pauanui

Pauanui ©
The town of Pauanui meaning Big Paua in Maori is on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Paku, then kick back and relax at Pauanui Beach, and then grab your bike and head to Pauanui Trail.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Pauanui day trip site .

You can drive from Whitianga to Pauanui in 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Pauanui can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Pauanui

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mount Paku, Lemon & Paeroa Bottle, Ngatea Water Gardens
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Mount Paku ©
Mount Paku
Ngatea Water Gardens ©
Ngatea Water Gardens

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bradley's Garden and Nevalea Alpacas. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves driving holiday planning app .

Getting from Pauanui to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Taumarunui
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

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