30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 14 nights
2
Rotorua
— 2 nights
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
4
Napier
— 2 nights
5
Paihia
— 3 nights
6
Russell
— 6 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: Warkworth (Tawharanui Regional Park & Of Hand & Heart), Matakana (Matakana Village & Sculptureum) and Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, wander the streets of Devonport, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland day trip planning website.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In November, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Warkworth, Matakana, Auckland Region, Piha, Thames
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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.
On the 4th (Wed), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, thendo a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Rotorua trip maker site.

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Auckland in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Rotorua, with highs around °C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

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

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): stop by Souvenir Outlet, tour the pleasant surroundings at Huka Falls Walkway, thenget the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, thenexplore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun at Huka Prawn Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

Plan my day in Taupo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. 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
River Rafting & Tubing

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), savor the flavors at Food & Drink and then get great views at Te Mata Peak. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Craggy Range, thentake some stellar pictures from Bluff Hill Lookout, thendon't miss a visit to Marine Parade, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Aquarium of New Zealand.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Napier trip maker tool.

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

Things to do in Napier

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trip

Hastings
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Wine Tours & Tastings
National Aquarium of New Zealand ©
National Aquarium of New Zealand
Bluff Hill Lookout ©
Bluff Hill Lookout

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, thentake in nature's colorful creations at 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, thencontemplate the long history of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Plan trip to Paihia with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Fly from Napier to Paihia in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Russell.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Haruru Falls
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds

6
nights
Russell

Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Take a break from Russell with a short trip to Cape Brett Walkway in Rawhiti, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation., tour the pleasant surroundings at Oneroa Bay, and steep yourself in history at Pompallier Mission and Printery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Russell trip planner.

Getting from Paihia to Russell by car takes about an hour. On the 18th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Russell

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Brett Walkway, The Range
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve ©
Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve
Christ Church ©
Christ Church

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