9 days in Auckland, Wellington & Hamilton Itinerary

9 days in Auckland, Wellington & Hamilton Itinerary

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9 days in Auckland, Wellington & Hamilton Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
2
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Hamilton
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sydney

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, The Civic-Auckland Live and Otara Market. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at Sky Screamer Reverse Bungy and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Otara Market.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland road trip tool .

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Sydney in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 22°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sun) before leaving for Wellington.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Roxy Cinema as well as Matterhorn. On the 26th (Sun), watch a film at The Roxy Cinema. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, then get a taste of local nightlife at Matterhorn, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Auckland in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Wellington, with lows of 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Hamilton.

Things to do in Wellington

Nightlife Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:
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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary
The Roxy Cinema ©
The Roxy Cinema

2
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the next day, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Hamilton Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Koutu.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Hamilton takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Lake Te Koutu
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Hamilton Zoo ©
Hamilton Zoo
Room Escape Games
Lake Te Koutu ©
Lake Te Koutu

2
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, The Civic-Auckland Live and Otara Market. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip itinerary app .

Getting from Hamilton to Auckland by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Auckland

Nightlife Shopping Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:
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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
Room Escape Games
Otara Market ©
Otara Market

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