25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Whangarei
— 3 nights
3
Russell
— 1 night
4
Cape Reinga
— 1 night
5
Dargaville
— 1 night
6
Hamilton
— 2 nights
7
New Plymouth
— 1 night
8
Levin
— 1 night
9
Wellington
— 2 nights
10
Napier
— 1 night
11
Gisborne
— 1 night
12
Te Araroa
— 1 night
13
Whakatane
— 1 night
14
Rotorua
— 2 nights
15
Taupo
— 1 night
16
Matamata
— 1 night
17
Auckland
— 2 nights

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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.
To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Auckland driving holiday planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in February, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. You will leave for Whangarei on the 4th (Tue).

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): head outdoors with Hatea Loop and then pause for some photo ops at Te Kakano.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Whangarei trip maker app.

You can drive from Auckland to Whangarei in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. On the 7th (Fri), you're off to Russell.

Things to do in Whangarei

Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 7:
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Hatea Loop ©
Hatea Loop
Te Kakano ©
Te Kakano

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Russell

Russell
Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. On the 7th (Fri), kick back and relax at The Strand Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Russell tour website.

Traveling by car from Whangarei to Russell takes 1.5 hours. You will leave for Cape Reinga on the 8th (Sat).

Things to do in Russell

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 8:

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Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga
Cape Reinga or Te Rerenga Wairua is the northwesternmost tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tapotupotu Beach.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cape Reinga sightseeing planning app.

You can drive from Russell to Cape Reinga in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Dargaville.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 9:

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Dargaville

Dargaville ©
Dargaville is a town in the North Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Nelson's Kaihu Kauri and then stroll through Baylys Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dargaville day trip app.

You can drive from Cape Reinga to Dargaville in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Dargaville

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 10:
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Baylys Beach ©
Baylys Beach
Nelson's Kaihu Kauri ©
Nelson's Kaihu Kauri

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Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary and then steep yourself in history at Sapper Horace Moore-Jones commemorative statue.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamilton online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dargaville to Hamilton takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Hamilton

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 12:
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Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary ©
Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Port Taranaki Walkway, then kick back and relax at Back Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the New Plymouth trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to New Plymouth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Levin.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 13:
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Port Taranaki Walkway ©
Port Taranaki Walkway
Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary ©
Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary

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Levin

Levin ©
Levin is the largest town and seat of the Horowhenua District, in the Manawatu-Wanganui region of New Zealand's North Island. On the 13th (Thu), explore the galleries of Studio 202, look for all kinds of wild species at Kimberley Reserve, then identify plant and animal life at Owlcatraz, then contemplate the long history of De Molen, Windmill, and finally get engrossed in the history at Oranjehof, Dutch Connection Centre. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Otaki River Walks and then do a tasting at Ohau Wines.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Levin road trip planning website.

Getting from New Plymouth to Levin by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Levin

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Foxton, Otaki River Walks, Owlcatraz, Ohau Wines
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Kimberley Reserve ©
Kimberley Reserve
Owlcatraz ©
Owlcatraz
De Molen, Windmill ©
De Molen, Windmill

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, stroll the grounds of Bolton Street Cemetery, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally stroll through Wellington City Walkways.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by car from Levin to Wellington takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Levin in February, expect nights in Wellington to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sun) before leaving for Napier.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial
Bolton Street Cemetery ©
Bolton Street Cemetery

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Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Moana Park Winery and then trek along Ahuriri Estuary Walk.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Napier travel route planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Napier in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Gisborne.

Things to do in Napier

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Te Mata Peak, Gannet Colony
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Gannet Colony ©
Gannet Colony

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Gisborne

Gisborne
A holiday in Gisborne incorporates both leisure and culture.
To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Gisborne road trip site.

You can drive from Napier to Gisborne in 3 hours. On the 18th (Tue), you're off to Te Araroa.

Things to do in Gisborne

Outdoors · Parks · Wineries
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 18:

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Te Araroa

Te Araroa ©
You've now added Hicks Bay Wharf to your itinerary. On the 18th (Tue), visit a coastal fixture at East Cape Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront at Hicks Bay Wharf.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Te Araroa trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Gisborne to Te Araroa in 2.5 hours. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Whakatane.

Things to do in Te Araroa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

East Cape Lighthouse
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
East Cape Lighthouse ©
East Cape Lighthouse
Hicks Bay Wharf ©
Hicks Bay Wharf

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Whakatane

Whakatane
Whakatāne is a town in the eastern Bay of Plenty Region in the North Island of New Zealand, 90 km east of Tauranga and 89 km north-east of Rotorua, at the mouth of the Whakatāne River. To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Whakatane trip planner.

Getting from Te Araroa to Whakatane by car takes about 3 hours. In February in Whakatane, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 20th (Thu), you're off to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whakatane

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 20:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, trek along Blue Lake Track, then identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

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You can drive from Whakatane to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Rotorua are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
River Rafting & Tubing
Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park ©
Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park

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Taupo

Taupo
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 22nd (Sat), stop by Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Taupo online trip maker.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Matamata.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire ©
Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire

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Matamata

Matamata ©
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Wairere Falls Track and then take an in-depth tour of Te Aroha & District Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Matamata sightseeing planner.

Drive from Taupo to Matamata in 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Matamata

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Wairere Falls Track, Te Aroha & District Museum
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Wairere Falls Track ©
Wairere Falls Track
Te Aroha & District Museum ©
Te Aroha & District Museum

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Auckland

Auckland ©
Kids will appreciate attractions like Orewa Beach and St. Patrick's Cathedral. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Brick Bay Sculpture Trail and Snells Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Bohemian Museum in Puhoi (about 50 minutes away). Explore Auckland further: brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum and grab your bike and head to Nelson Street Cycleway.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matamata to Auckland takes 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Auckland when traveling from Matamata in February, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Bohemian Museum, Orewa Beach, Snells Beach, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Brick Bay Sculpture Trail ©
Brick Bay Sculpture Trail
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

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