14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Auckland
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Waihi Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Tauranga
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Matamata
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Devonport
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
End: Auckland

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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.
For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland online trip maker .

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Auckland due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in July, plan for little chillier days in Auckland, with highs around 13°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 13°C. On the 20th (Sat), you'll travel to Waihi Beach.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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nights
Waihi Beach

Waihi Beach ©
Waihi Beach is a coastal town at the western end of the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand's North Island. Your list of things to see and do now includes Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove Walk, Mount Paku, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): kick back and relax at Waihi Beach, head off the coast to Whenuakura Island, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Paku, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Orokawa Scenic Reserve, and finally hike along Kauaeranga Kauri Trail (Pinnacles Walk). On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Whangamata Beach, admire the sheer force of Owharoa Falls, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Hauraki Rail Trail, then hike along Cathedral Cove Walk, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Water Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Waihi Beach route maker app .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Waihi Beach takes 3 hours. Traveling from Auckland in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Waihi Beach, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tauranga.

Things to do in Waihi Beach

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Whangamata, Hauraki Rail Trail, Mount Paku, Cathedral Cove Walk, Owharoa Falls
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:
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Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach
Mount Paku ©
Mount Paku
Hauraki Rail Trail ©
Hauraki Rail Trail

1
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kaiate Falls as well as Mount Maunganui Base Track. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): trek along Mount Maunganui Base Track and then admire the sheer force of Kaiate Falls.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tauranga online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Waihi Beach to Tauranga in an hour. In July in Tauranga, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 24th (Wed), you're off toRotorua.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kaiate Falls ©
Kaiate Falls

3
nights
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 added 3D Trick Art Gallery, River Rafting & Tubing, Katoa Lake Rotorua, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk and then try for a hole-in-one at Lumberjax Mini Golf. On your second day here, fly like a bird with Katoa Lake Rotorua, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, see Off Road NZ, then relax and rejuvenate at Hells Gate, then catch all the local highlights with Mokoia Island Wai Ora Experiences, and finally Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rotorua road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Matamata to Rotorua takes an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sat) before leaving for Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Hells Gate, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Off Road NZ
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Katoa Lake Rotorua ©
Katoa Lake Rotorua
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

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nights
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 maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Wellington road trip planning site .

You can fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. July in Wellington sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 8°C at night. On the 28th (Sun), you're off toNew Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:

1
night
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bridal Veil Falls as well as Hamilton Gardens.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamilton day trip site .

Drive from New Plymouth to Hamilton in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Devonport.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bridal Veil Falls
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 30:
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Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens

1
night
Matamata

Matamata ©
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hobbiton Movie Set as well as Waikato River Trails. On the 24th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set and then hike along Wairere Falls Track.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Matamata road trip website .

You can drive from Tauranga to Matamata in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Matamata can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Matamata

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Wairere Falls Track, Yarndley's Bush, Hobbiton Movie Set, Waikato River Trails
Find places to stay Jul 30 — 31:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wairere Falls Track ©
Wairere Falls Track
Yarndley's Bush ©
Yarndley's Bush

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Devonport

Devonport ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes EcoZip Adventures, New Chums Beach and Cooks Beach. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Cooks Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at New Chums Beach. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from EcoZip Adventures.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Devonport trip planner .

Getting from New Plymouth to Devonport by car takes about 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Devonport

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

EcoZip Adventures, New Chums Beach, Cooks Beach
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:
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EcoZip Adventures ©
EcoZip Adventures
New Chums Beach ©
New Chums Beach

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