19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + Bus:  8​h 45​min
1
Hamilton
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Waitomo Caves
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Taumarunui
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Pureora Forest Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Ohakune
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Whanganui
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Ohakune
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

1
night
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton tour planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Hamilton is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Brisbane to Hamilton, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in November, expect Hamilton to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hobbiton Movie Set, Bridal Veil Falls
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum

few
hours
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Caveworld as well as Marokopa Falls Walk.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by bus from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Taumarunui.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Nature Parks
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Marakopa Falls ©
Marakopa Falls
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

1
night
Taumarunui

Taumarunui ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): race across the water with a speed boat tour and then cruise along Forgotten World Highway.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Taumarunui trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Taumarunui by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Pureora Forest Park.

Things to do in Taumarunui

Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Forgotten World Highway
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 9:
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Forgotten World Highway ©
Forgotten World Highway

1
night
Pureora Forest Park

Pureora Forest Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stroll through The Timber Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pureora Forest Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Pureora Forest Park custom trip planner.

Getting from Taumarunui to Pureora Forest Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Pureora Forest Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pureora Forest Park
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 10:
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The Timber Trail NZ ©
The Timber Trail NZ

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt Ruapehu. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the geological forces at Mt Ruapehu.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pureora Forest Park to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Nature Parks
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Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kayaking & Canoeing, Great Lake Trail and Wairakei Terraces. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Huka Falls tracks, take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, and get curious at Volcanic Activity Centre.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Taupo travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Ohakune.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wairakei Terraces ©
Wairakei Terraces

4
nights
Ohakune

Ohakune ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mountain Bike Station. There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Waitonga Falls Track.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ohakune holiday planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Ohakune in 2 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Mon) before leaving for Whanganui.

Things to do in Ohakune

Outdoors Nature Parks
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 20:
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Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead ©
Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead
Mountain Bike Station ©
Mountain Bike Station

few
hours
Whanganui

Whanganui
For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Whanganui sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Ohakune to Whanganui takes 1.5 hours. In November in Whanganui, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 20th (Mon), you'll travel to Ohakune.

Things to do in Whanganui

Parks Museums Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 21:

1
night
Ohakune

Ohakune
For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ohakune custom trip planner.

Getting from Whanganui to Ohakune by car takes about 1.5 hours. On the 21st (Tue), you'll travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Ohakune

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 21:

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Volcanic Hills Winery, Te Urewera Treks and Skyline Rotorua. Spend the 21st (Tue) immersed in therapeutic waters at a local thermal spa. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Tamaki Maori Village, look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, get engrossed in the history at Rotorua Museum, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Ohakune to Rotorua takes 3 hours. In November in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Spas Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:
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Thermal Spas
Skyline Rotorua ©
Skyline Rotorua
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest ©
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum and then look for gifts at Pauanesia.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Auckland itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in November, you will find days in Auckland are little chillier (20°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 25:
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Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Pauanesia ©
Pauanesia

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