30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 14 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Napier
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Russell
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Auckland

14
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Matakana (Matakana Village & Sculptureum), Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach) and Warkworth (Tawharanui Regional Park & Of Hand & Heart). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip app .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In November, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Thames, Warkworth, Matakana, Auckland Region, Piha
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, then take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and finally take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in December: highs in Rotorua hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Horseback Riding Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline

2
nights
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 6th (Fri): look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Taupo trip itinerary app .

You can take a bus from Rotorua to Taupo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Napier.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

2
nights
Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 8th (Sun), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Te Mata Peak. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Craggy Range, then take some stellar pictures from Bluff Hill Lookout, then make a trip to Marine Parade, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Aquarium of New Zealand.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Napier trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Taupo to Napier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Napier

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hastings
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
National Aquarium of New Zealand ©

3
nights
Paihia

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
On the 10th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, then contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, then admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Paihia day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Napier to Paihia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Russell.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Kerikeri
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
nights
Russell

Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Go for a jaunt from Russell to Rawhiti to see Cape Brett Walkway about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Pompallier Mission and Printery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy some diversion at The Range, and enjoy the sand and surf at Oneroa Bay.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Russell road trip planner.

Drive from Paihia to Russell in an hour. On the 18th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Russell

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Cape Brett Walkway, The Range
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery
Christ Church ©
Christ Church

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