20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Wellington
— 1 day
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New Plymouth
— 1 night
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Whakapapa
— 1 night
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Taupo
— 1 night
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Waimangu
— 1 night
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Hahei
— 1 night
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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
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Russell
— 2 nights
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Kerikeri
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 4 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 8-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Wellington, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect Wellington to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): look for gifts at Giles Chocolatier, then go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, then engage your brain at Puke Ariki, and finally get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the New Plymouth driving holiday tool.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to New Plymouth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Puke Ariki ©
Puke Ariki

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Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Whakapapa travel route planner.

You can drive from New Plymouth to Whakapapa in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo holiday site.

Drive from Whakapapa to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Waimangu.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Aratiatia Rapids ©
Aratiatia Rapids

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Waimangu

Waimangu ©
On the 2nd (Thu), contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tarawera Falls, then explore the activities along Lake Rotomahana, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Waimangu tour builder.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Waimangu takes an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Waimangu can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Hahei.

Things to do in Waimangu

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tarawera Falls, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Lake Rotomahana ©
Lake Rotomahana
Tarawera Falls ©
Tarawera Falls

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Hahei

Hahei ©
On the 3rd (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Paku, then make a trip to The Little Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hot Water Beach, and finally stroll through Cathedral Cove Walk.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hahei journey planning site.

Traveling by car from Waimangu to Hahei takes 3.5 hours. January in Hahei sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Hahei

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tairua, Hot Water Beach
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
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Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk
Mount Paku ©
Mount Paku

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): examine the collection at Auckland Museum, then wander the streets of Devonport, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally don't miss a visit to SkyTower. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and then get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo.

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

Drive from Hahei to Auckland in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Hahei in January, plan for little chillier days in Auckland, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): experience rural life at Roselands Farm Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and then hike along Ruakuri Walk. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally identify plant and animal life at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves holiday maker app.

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Russell.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

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Russell

Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. On the 9th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Pompallier Mission and Printery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tapeka Point Track, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, see the interesting displays at Russell Museum, then trek along Nancy Fladgate Track, and finally steep yourself in history at Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Russell vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Russell takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Russell

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery
Christ Church ©
Christ Church

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Kerikeri

Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, then contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then contemplate the long history of KeriKeri New Zealand.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kerikeri road trip tool.

You can drive from Russell to Kerikeri in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Paihia, Haruru Falls
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Dog and Sheep Shaped Corrugated Metal Buildings (in Tirau) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua journey planner.

You can fly from Kerikeri to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Dog and Sheep Shaped Corrugated Metal Buildings, Hobbiton Movie Set, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:
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Zipline
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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