13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

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 Muriwai Gannet Colony and Tawharanui Regional Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway (in Orewa), Horse Riding Warkworth (in Warkworth) and Matakana Beach Outfitters (in Matakana). And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, hike along Mangawhai Walkway, and walk around Mount Victoria Reserve.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland route planning website.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In November, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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): look for gifts at Bread & Butter Gallery, then make a trip to The Lost Spring, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Twin Oaks Riding Ranch. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Whitianga itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Whitianga takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Auckland in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 55°F in Whitianga. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Pauanui.

Things to do in Whitianga

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Hot Water Beach
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
The Lost Spring ©
The Lost Spring

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. On the 30th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Paku, then stroll through Pauanui Beach, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Pauanui Trail.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Pauanui trip planner.

You can drive from Whitianga to Pauanui in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in November, and nighttime lows around 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 Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ruakuri Cave and Nevalea Alpacas. Change things up with a short trip to Bradley's Garden in Taumarunui (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pauanui to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

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

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