13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Waitakere City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Whangarei
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Matakana
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Waiheke Island
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
6
Coromandel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Rotorua
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
8
Taupo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Hinuera
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
11
Auckland
— Few hours
Fly:  7​h
End: Melbourne

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Waitakere City

Waitakere City ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Piha Beach, explore and take pictures at Arataki Visitor Centre, then admire the sheer force of Karekare Falls, and finally identify plant and animal life at Muriwai Gannet Colony.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Waitakere City trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Waitakere City is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in November, you will find days in Waitakere City are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Whangarei.

Things to do in Waitakere City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Piha, Karekare Falls, Muriwai Gannet Colony
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Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Arataki Visitor Centre ©
Arataki Visitor Centre
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach

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Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. On the 25th (Mon), trek along Bream Head Coast Walks.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Whangarei using our trip planner.

Getting from Waitakere City to Whangarei by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Whangarei

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, and finally identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

To see where to stay and tourist information, use the Paihia holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Whangarei to Paihia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Matakana.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Rainbow Falls
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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night
Matakana

Matakana
Matakana is a small town in the Rodney District of New Zealand. For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Matakana trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Paihia to Matakana takes 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 28th (Thu), you'll travel to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Matakana

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Waiheke Island

Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Waiheke Island journey site .

Traveling by car from Matakana to Waiheke Island takes 3 hours. Traveling from Matakana in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Waiheke Island, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Coromandel.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
Coromandel

Coromandel ©
Coromandel is a town on the Coromandel Harbour, on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula, which is on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. On the 29th (Fri), stop by The Coromandel Smoking Co., don't miss a visit to The 309 Road, and then get your game on at The Waterworks.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Coromandel trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Waiheke Island to Coromandel in 4 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Coromandel can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Coromandel

Fun & Games Shopping
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The Waterworks ©
The Waterworks
The Coromandel Smoking Co. ©
The Coromandel Smoking Co.
The 309 Road ©
The 309 Road

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, trek along Lake Okareka Walkway, then take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rotorua online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Coromandel to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a shuttle. In November, daytime highs in Rotorua are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough 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

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Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, then look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip tool .

Take a bus from Rotorua to Taupo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves road trip site .

You can drive from Taupo to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 7th (Sat), you're off toHinuera.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Hinuera

Hinuera ©
Hinuera's claim to fame is Hobbiton, the setting for the shires in the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies by New Zealand director Peter Jackson.
You've now added Hobbiton Movie Set to your itinerary. On the 4th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Huka Falls and then make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hinuera tour itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Hinuera in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Hinuera sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Hinuera

Parks Nature
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Huka Falls ©
Huka Falls

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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.
On the 5th (Thu), enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Auckland journey maker site .

Getting from Hinuera to Auckland by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Hinuera, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Nightlife
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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