7 days in New Zealand Itinerary

7 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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7 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Drive:  3​h
1
Paihia
— 4 nights
2
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 45​min
End: Auckland

4
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.
Head to The Cabbage Tree Shop and Newport Chocolatesfor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Paihia Harbour and Haruru Falls. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, stop by South Sea Art, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For more things to do and other tourist information, use the Paihia trip app .

Auckland Central to Paihia is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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 7th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach and then play a few rounds at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Taupo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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