25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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25 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Whangarei
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Russell
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Cape Reinga
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Dargaville
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Hamilton
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Levin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
Napier
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Gisborne
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Te Araroa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
13
Whakatane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
14
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
15
Taupo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
16
Matamata
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
17
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

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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, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip builder.

Brisbane, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Brisbane in February, you will find days in Auckland are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (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 next day: get outside with Hatea Loop and then appreciate the history behind Te Kakano.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Whangarei day trip website .

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

Things to do in Whangarei

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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.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Russell trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Whangarei to Russell in 1.5 hours. On the 8th (Sat), you're off to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Russell

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): kick back and relax at Tapotupotu Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cape Reinga road trip planning app .

You can drive from Russell to Cape Reinga in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dargaville.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Dargaville

Dargaville
Dargaville is a town in the North Island of New Zealand. On the 9th (Sun), take a memorable drive along Nelson's Kaihu Kauri and then enjoy the sand and surf at Baylys Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dargaville online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Cape Reinga to Dargaville takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Dargaville

Outdoors Museums Parks
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Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sapper Horace Moore-Jones commemorative statue.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton road trip app .

Getting from Dargaville to Hamilton by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Hamilton

Historic Sites
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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, kick back and relax at Back Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the New Plymouth travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Hamilton to New Plymouth in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; 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 Parks Outdoors
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Port Taranaki Walkway ©
Port Taranaki Walkway
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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Studio 202, look for all kinds of wild species at Kimberley Reserve, identify plant and animal life at Owlcatraz, then contemplate the long history of De Molen, Windmill, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Oranjehof, Dutch Connection Centre. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Otaki River Walks and then learn about winemaking at Ohau Wines.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Levin trip planner.

Traveling by car from New Plymouth to Levin takes 3.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Levin are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 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 Trails

Side Trips

Foxton, Ohau Wines, Owlcatraz, Otaki River Walks
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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.
On the 14th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, stroll the grounds of Bolton Street Cemetery, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally trek along Wellington City Walkways.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Wellington trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Levin to Wellington in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Levin in February, you will find days in Wellington are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (17°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
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National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Moana Park Winery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ahuriri Estuary Walk.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Napier tour planner.

Getting from Wellington to Napier by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gisborne.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Gannet Colony, Te Mata Peak
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Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Moana Park Winery ©
Moana Park Winery
Gannet Colony ©
Gannet Colony

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night
Gisborne

Gisborne
A holiday in Gisborne incorporates both leisure and culture.
Planning Gisborne trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Napier to Gisborne takes 3 hours. On the 18th (Tue), you'll travel to Te Araroa.

Things to do in Gisborne

Outdoors Parks Tours
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night
Te Araroa

Te Araroa ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hicks Bay Wharf. On the 18th (Tue), visit a coastal fixture at East Cape Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Hicks Bay Wharf.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Te Araroa online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Gisborne to Te Araroa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Whakatane.

Things to do in Te Araroa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

East Cape Lighthouse
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East Cape Lighthouse ©
East Cape Lighthouse
Hicks Bay Wharf ©
Hicks Bay Wharf

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night
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 other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Whakatane online 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. You will leave for Rotorua on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Whakatane

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, hike along Blue Lake Track, then identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, admire all the interesting features of Te Puia, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Rotorua travel planner.

You can drive from Whakatane to Rotorua 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 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
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Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
River Rafting & Tubing
Blue Lake Track ©
Blue Lake Track

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): shop like a local with Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Rotorua to Taupo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Matamata.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Trails
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stroll through Wairere Falls Track, then take an in-depth tour of Te Aroha & District Museum, and then hike along Waiorongomai Valley Tramping Tracks.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Matamata online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Taupo to Matamata by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Matamata are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Matamata

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Te Aroha, Wairere Falls Track
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Wairere Falls Track ©
Wairere Falls Track
Te Aroha & District Museum ©
Te Aroha & District Museum

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Auckland

Auckland ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Orewa Beach and Snells Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Auckland Museum and Bohemian Museum. Step out of Auckland with an excursion to Brick Bay Sculpture Trail in Snells Beach--about 1h 15 min away. Explore Auckland further: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral and get some jogging in at Nelson Street Cycleway.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland journey planning site .

Drive from Matamata to Auckland in 2 hours. Expect somewhat 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 enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bohemian Museum, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, Snells Beach, Orewa Beach
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Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Brick Bay Sculpture Trail ©
Brick Bay Sculpture Trail
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

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